The Number 3 Edition From NHL Opening Week

Welcome to the “3” edition. Every stat involves the number 3. That’s just how the puck rolled, so let’s roll with it.


Players that used the word “embarrassing” after respective losses in the opening week of NHL regular season action. Sidney Crosby said it after the Penguins fell 10-1 to the Blackhawks, Patrik Laine after a 7-2 Jets defeat to the Maple Leafs, and Henrik Lundqvist describing the Rangers first period against the Leafs on Saturday night in Toronto (Hank and the Blueshirts would bounce back against the Habs, scoring a 2-0 shutout victory earning #30 the Broadway Hat).


The number of Swiss players on the ice during the Devils season (and home) opener against the Colorado Avalanche. The first #1 overall pick of Swiss descent Nico Hischier made his NHL debut, teammate Mirco Mueller (who joined the Devils in an offseason trade after spending 3 seasons with San Jose) and Sven Andrighetto of the Avalanche (who saw 17:40 of ice time).

The Avs have in the past had two Swiss goaltenders on their rosters: David Aebischer and Reto Berra.

Only one other Swiss-born player suited up for the Devils in the past, Damien Brunner, who played 17 games in the 2014-2015 season with the Devs.

According to Elite Prospects, Cory Schneider, despite growing up in the United States, has Swiss ancestry and also holds Swiss citizenship.


The number of goals James Neal has scored for the Golden Knights after 2 games. Neal is breathing rarefied air, scoring the first two goals in franchise history. Only 3 other NHL players can say they’ve done that(research credit: @AaronC_48):

– Chris Kontos for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992
– Real Cloutier in 1979 for the Quebec Nordiques
– Bill Sutherland (across two games) for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1967

Safe to say that James Neal is by far the most prolific scorer in Golden Knights history (… I’m here all week try the veal).


The number of Australians I have noticed involved on or off the ice in the NHL. I’m certain there are more. From the executive suite at The Garden to the host’s chair in Toronto and on the ice in Washington, the Aussies aren’t coming, they are already here!

Ok so maybe this “3” was a stretch. But Nathan Walker did make history this week, becoming the first ever NHL player of Australian descent. The event drew praise from fellow Aussie athletes, and even from the government. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and Ambassador of Australia to the United States, Joe Hockey.

Yes … his name is Hockey. Joe HOCKEY.

That sounds like a nickname you’d give to the best player ever in the NHL named Joe. Like Joe Sakic. There has never been an NHL player with the official last name “Hockey.”


The number of fighter jets it would take to equal the weight of the new scoreboard at Prudential Center, now the largest in arena scoreboard in the world. IT’s over 88,000 pounds and wider than the neutral zone! Definitely worth checking out in person.


The number of seconds it took from the start of the game for Devils fans at Prudential Center to chant “Nico, Nico, Nico,” even though he wasn’t even on the ice.

Ok maybe it was more like 25 seconds, but it fits the theme.


The number of assists fellow Devils rookie Will Butcher notched in his first NHL game, all on the power play.