And, again, Hayes has been in the thick of things for a guy who lost all that weight. Consider his work during this three-game winning streak:
Tonight: one goal, two assists, nice overall stats including +2
Nov.1 against Blues: one goal, +1
Oct. 30 against Lightning: three assists, +4
That’s impressive work for Hayes, a guy who occasionally found himself in Alain Vigneault’s doghouse last season.
The beauty of the situation for the Rangers is that they aren’t counting on Hayes do this every night. Their remarkably deep group of forwards means that they can ride hot hands from night to night, especially if key figures can stay healthy.
It’s the sort of luxury that can take that Big Apple limelight away from Connor McDavid, Cam Talbot and other standouts from Edmonton.
The Winnipeg Jets lost the first of two games against the Washington Capitals despite a 45-27 shot advantage, and it was looking like they’d be out of luck again going down 3-0. Now it’s 3-3, but sadly for Jets fans, it’s not all good news.
Perreault is suffering from an upper-body injury while Armia is a lower-body issue. The team didn’t reveal how severe either issue is, but it’s really a bummer for a Jets team that might have felt like its luck might have been turning, even ever so slightly.
In many cases, Connor McDavid highlights are about sheer physical skill taking over.
He’s just that fast, and it’s a stunning thing to see him blaze by even speedy NHL skaters.
Still, hockey fans get jazzed about the “little things” – remember how nuts people went for Mario Lemieux’s “pass” to Paul Kariya for an Olympic goal? – and McDavid provided a nice bit of subtle creativity on Thursday. Watch his little “kick-pass” to set up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins‘ first goal of 2016-17:
Look, losing Andy Andreoff isn’t going to “break” the Los Angeles Kings, but maybe it feels like that last straw.
The Kings placed Andreoff on IR on Thursday, continuing a trend that’s gotten downright ridiculous. Let’s ponder the players this ailing team is missing and how long they may be out, with some help from Rotoworld’s listings: