Hischier Named NHL Third Star of the Week

For the second time this season, a Devil has been named as one of the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week.

Earlier in January, Jack Hughes was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the last week of December. This month, for the week ending February 13, Devils captain Nico Hischier has been named the Third Star of the Week for the NHL.

The Devils’ center was the third star along with Columbus Blue Jackets left winger Patrik Laine (second star) and Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom (first star).

The press release put out by the NHL Public Relations department noted that Nico scored five goals and an assist for six points to lead the NHL in scoring for this past week. He has a four-game goal scoring streak ongoing – having scored in the Devils’ loss at the Senators on February 7 and in the team’s win over the Canadiens on February 8. On February 10 against the Blues, Hischier had two goals and an assist for three points (which the press release said was his seventh career NHL multi point game and sixth career NHL three-point game). He added a goal in yesterday’s loss to the Penguins at home.

The 2017 first overall pick, as mentioned in the press release, is second on the Devils in points with 30, tied for second in goals with 13 and third in assists with 17.

We will see you back here tomorrow for coverage of the Devils taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center at 7 PM.

NHL Names Jack Hughes Second Star of Week

The NHL named their Three Stars of the Week for the week ending January 2 today.

The first star was St. Louis Blues center Jordan Kyrou, third star was Florida Panthers left winger Jonathan Huberdeau.

The second star was Devils center Jack Hughes.

According to the press release put out by NHL Public Relations, Hughes’ three goals, five assists and eight points over the three games played by the Devils last week – all wins and all multi-point games for Hughes – led the NHL in that time.

Hughes had a goal, two assists and three points against the Buffalo Sabres on December 29, 2021; two goals, an assist and three points in the Devils’ 6-5 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers on December 31, 2021 and two assists in the team’s OT win over the Washington Capitals yesterday.

The overtime goal that Hughes scored against the Oilers was his third career NHL OT goal. He had an assist on Nico Hischier’s OT goal in Washington.

The 20-year-old Hughes “paces New Jersey with 1.00 points per game this season, placing seventh on the team overall with 8-8-16 in 16 total appearances” according to the press release.

Devils writer Sam Kasan noted that in the game against the Oilers, Hughes scored the opening goal of the game (on the power play) for the Devils before ending the game with his OT winner. In the Caps game, he assisted on Yegor Sharangovich’s opening goal of the night and then was the primary assist on Hischier’s OT game winner as well.

Huberdeau led the NHL in assists last week with seven. That goes with his goal to total eight points over three games played by the Panthers.

Florida also won their three games last week.

Kyrou had three goals and four assists for seven points in two games played last week, which included two goals and two assists for four points in the 2022 Winter Classic – which is a record for an outdoor game. The Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild in the annual New Year’s Day outdoor game to take over first place in the Central Division.

Kyrou’s four points in the Blues’ Winter Classic 6-4 victory over the Wild set a record for points in an outdoor game and points in a period for an outdoor game.