The Wraparound is a new weekly series by Sporting News that will bring you everything that happened in the NHL.
Another week of NHL action has come to a close. Basking in the glory of more highlight-reel goals and feeling all the feels with a young Minnesota Wild fan on a mission, we’ve got you covered tape-to-tape.
Here’s what happened in the NHL from Oct. 18 through Oct. 24.
Mikko Rantanen out for Avalanche
After he apparently caught an edge, Rantanen left Monday’s game against the St. Louis Blues with an injury that will keep him out on a week-to-week basis.
Please note that the following video of the injury may be disturbing to some readers.
Rantanen had been hot, netting 12 points in nine games to start the 2019-20 season.
Getting on track in the desert
Bring on the Kachina! The Arizona Coyotes have finally got their feet under them.
After starting the season 1-2-1, Arizona went on a four-game win streak — and leaping three Pacific Division foes in the process.
It’s a full team effort as not one player is necessarily lighting up the scoresheet, but goaltender Darcy Kuemper has been coming up big as of late. Heading into Thursday’s game against the Islanders, Kuemper was tied for first (among goalies with at least three games) with a .944 save percentage in six games.
Arizona’s streak did end at the hands of the Isles, 4-2; New York actually is on a win streak now too. They increased it to five, winning their fifth after a lengthy four-day break.
Jack Hughes scores first NHL goal
In a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks, Jack Hughes recorded the one and only goal, marking his first in the NHL.
With his parents in the stands to see his first game against older brother Quinn, Jack lifted the puck past Thatcher Demko and lit the lamp for the first time in his young NHL career.
Sporting some sweet house divided-themed shirts, the Hughes family seemed quite pleased when the 2019 first-overall pick netted his first goal.
Leafs’ Mitch Marner makes a touching tribute
Hayden Foulon, a 7-year-old hockey fan and friend of Mitch Marner, lost her battle with leukemia on Sunday and the Toronto forward officially dedicated his season to her.
The two became friends during Marner’s time with the OHL’s London Knights and continued to stay in communication as he transitioned to the NHL. Upon hearing of the news, the 22-year-old forward delivered a touching message on social media.
“It breaks my heart to know I’ll never be able to see you again,” Marner’s post read. “How you fought your battles always inspired me, you were my hero. I know you’ll be watching me from up above. I’ll miss you.”
Goal of the week
David Pastrnak entered Friday atop the NHL leaderboard for goals with 10, including a between-the-legs gem against the Maple Leafs.
Skating backward in front of the Toronto netminder, Pastrnak slipped the puck between his legs and put just enough mustard on it to slide past Michael Hutchinson.
After having a goal disallowed earlier in the game, David Pastrnak makes no mistake on this one and lets the refs know about it ? pic.twitter.com/faKJtFLvl0
— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) October 23, 2019
Quote of the week
“You’re a dope.”
That’s the quote, but no, it’s not the whole tweet — nor the whole story.
Jimmy Fallon made a deal with the devil . . . literally. NJ Devil, the New Jersey Devils mascot, made a one-sided bet that if his team defeated Fallon’s beloved Rangers, he would go on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and pie the host.
Well, the Rangers fell 5-2 to the Devils and NJ Devil did indeed visit Fallon during a special Sunday edition — sending a fluffy pie from Newark, N.J.’s Calandra’s Bakery — right into his face.
Tweet of the week
We’ve all been in that position where we want something so badly, we want to cry.
Then we can all relate to this young fan and his rollercoaster of emotions behind the glass of the Xcel Energy Center — asking for a puck. Be sure to stick around till the very end.