Wednesday night in the NHL: Red-hot Devils stay perfect, notes, highlights, oddities –

Miss any of Wednesday night’s action across the NHL? Here are some notes, highlights and oddities from around the league.

New Jersey Devils have flipped the script

It’s Oct. 12, and the New Jersey Devils are the last undefeated team in the Eastern Conference. That’s right, the same New Jersey Devils that finished last in the East last season. 

The Devils earned that distinction with a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Wednesday night, handing the Leafs their first loss of the season and forcing all of Toronto to surrender the October Stanley Cup they had already awarded themselves. 

The season is still in its infant stages and there’s plenty of time for things to go horribly wrong, but this rebuilding Devils team has been a joy to watch in its three wins. The Devils are young, they’re fast and they’re fun. Nineteen-year-old forward Jesper Bratt continues to impress in the early going, leading all rookies with six points. He added an assist on a pretty power-play goal Wednesday.

There were still positives for the Leafs as they had their first taste of defeat. Toronto is generating offensive opportunities at a pretty scary rate, as the Leafs had a 79-50 advantage in shot attempts in all situations and 49-31 at even strength Wednesday night. Did they play great? Not really, they had quite a few breakdowns along the way, but they were also bit by Devils goalie Cory Schneider, who made 47 saves in the win.

Notables: The Devils scored a shorthanded goal while 3-on-5, the first time they’ve done so in franchise history. It was a bad look for the Leafs, especially defenseman Jake Gardiner .

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