Zajac, 28, has spent his entire professional career with the Devils since being 20th overall at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. After missing most of the 2011-12 campaign with a torn Achilles, Zajac was rewarded for his impressive ’12 playoff run (14 points in 24 games) in January by signing an eight-year, $46 million contract extension.
While this is Zajac’s first stint as a captain in the NHL, it’s worth noting he served as an alternate on the Canadian team for the 2011 IIHF World Championships, scoring three points in seven games.
With Greene, Zajac will serve as one of two alternates (the other is Patrik Elias) under team captain Bryce Salvador.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.