Player of the Night: Miles Wood
The 22-year-old generated a hat trick and an assist (we need a term for this … maybe “Help Trick?”), giving the Devils a needed edge in a zany 7-5 win against the Blackhawks. You can read more about his strong night here.
Since Wood got the post treatment, it feels fair to spotlight some other players while we’re at it.
In that same game, Nico Hischier was excellent in his own right, generating a goal and two assists. Maybe the top pick of the 2017 NHL Draft hasn’t been as bombastic as others at times – Clayton Keller continues to spellbind in Arizona, seemingly like a mirage in the desert – but Hischier has 14 points in 17 games.
If he had more goals (three so far), we’d have to nickname him “The Swiss Can’t-Miss.”
Two goalies deserve a quick mention, too. John Gibson continues to hold things together for the ridiculously injured Ducks. He lost, but Gibson made 35 saves; in a way, this highlight feels like the story of his night.
Braden Holtby was excellent, too, making 29 saves as the Capitals managed a 2-1 shootout win against the Oilers.
Highlight of the Night: Paul Kariya, Scott Stevens reunited.
How cool is this? OK, and how awkward is this?
Quite a moment. Maybe they’ll be best buds some day.
Or at least they might make amends?
If that bends the rules of “highlight” too much for you (Sheesh, you get into such semantic arguments that you must be … a person on the Internet), then Wood’s hat trick should suffice.
Factoid of the Night: Introduce yourself, 2017-18 Lightning:
That’s one of several interesting marks set by this red-hot team to begin the season.
Scores and more