Could we see McDavid and Draisaitl finish first and second in the NHL standings for another season? It’s a big job, but it’s dangerous to doubt it after Wednesday

As mentioned in this post, calling anyone but Connor McDavid the best player in the NHL can be dangerous.It felt like it was McDavid who scored the first hat trick of the season (and added an assist) , a bit telling, isn’t it? That McDavid did this hat trick with style like this only made it better

Of course, Draisaitl wasn’t a sucker either, the reigning Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner racked up four assists as the Oilers retaliated their season opener loss to the Canucks considering all the action on the second night of the 2020-21 NHL season it’s fair to bottle McDavid and Draisaitl as 1A / 1B and include some other highlights from the night Also, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins deserves a mention with a three-point game.RNH could really boost his earning potential if he spent most of this time on this 56-game season with at least one of McDavid or Draisaitl stays

Narrow down according to McDavid – Draisaitl is not easy Since the steak on top of the pile is comparable, we leave the sizzling as a tiebreaker

As we headed into the 2020-21 NHL season, there was no shortage of drama between Patrik Laine and the Jets. He got quite snappy when asked about his future if there wasn’t even more public drama between the Blue Jackets and the Pierre-Luc Dubois *, we would probably be inundated with even more Laine Jets talks

Laine wasn’t always able to follow the path, but he climbed on Thursday, starting with a nice first goal of the season and ending with a nifty overtime winner, Laine scored three points (2G, 1A) Perhaps the 22-year-old can prove that his upper limit is higher than in the past, slower years?

* – Was there anything in the water in this 2016 NHL draft? The Auston Matthews treaty caused indirect drama Second and Third Choice Laine and PLD Could One Day Be Traded And Jesse Puljujarvi witnessed years of rumors and fighting Sixth Choice Matthew Tkachuk … well, it inspires a different kind of drama

In Laine’s case, we received a reminder of why these trade rumors were so common. Kirill Kaprizov stepped out on Thursday with another hype to Wilde fans – and fans of the sport – were keen to see what Kaprizov was in after all that enticing time at the KHL the NHL can create

Beyond this OTGWG, Kaprizov collected two assists when the Wild squeaked out a win against the Kings.While it’s a bummer that Marco Rossi is on indefinitely due to an upper body injury, Kaprizov gave the Wild a big shot of fun and skill And Hope

Sometimes the three stars blend well with the best highlights of the evening, which seems appropriate for the second night of the 2020-21 NHL season

Really, all three of Connor McDavid’s goals are worth seeing. It is old hat to describe a celebrity gamer as “making it look easy,” but sometimes that absolutely applies to McDavid and you just shouldn’t do it in the cramped modern NHL can, at least not as regularly

Here is the “totally planned, but not enough to recall” OTGWG by Kaprizov:

The Flames and Jets really put on a sloppy show (admittedly, Noah Hanifin’s hit on Kyle Connor was no fun despite some violence in Laine) Such an open game could really fit a goalscorer like Patrik Laine in the 3v3 -OT it gets even more relaxed, and Laine made the ultimate difference for Winnipeg:

The league has published this list of absences related to the COVID protocol for Jan 14 (teams without absences have been omitted):

Capitals 6, sabers 4
Bruins 3, Devils 2 (SO)
Islanders 4, Rangers 0
Hurricanes 3, Red Wings 0
Predators 3, Blue Jackets 1
Sharks 4, Coyotes 3 (SO)
Golden Knights 5, Ducks 2
Jets 4, Flames 3 (OT) Oilers 5, Canucks 2
Wild 4, Kings 3 (OT)

James O’Brien writes for Pro Hockey Talk at NBC Sports Email him at phtblog @ nbcsportscom or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins


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