Sparse night in the NHL, but we've still got the highs and lows in our morning recap.
Essential Water Cooler
Daniel Alfredsson played his first game against his old team from Ottawa and the Senators ended up thrashing his Red Wings 6-1. The split between Bytown's favorite and the franchise really came down to a contract negotiation gone wrong and the ensuing grass-is-greener possibilities in Detroit, but did Alfie make the right decision? On one hand, Detroit may have a slight edge over Ottawa in terms of chasing the Stanley Cup, but on the other hand, it's not much of an edge and playing for one franchise your whole career is pretty special.
Times are dark in Buffalo, but Ryan Miller is still giving his all in net. Yeah, he took the loss again in a 5-2 setback against Boston, but at least he kicked out this Loui Eriksson chance:
Men of the Night
Bobby Ryan, Ottawa: Alfredsson's replacement had two goals for the Senators, including a firecracker of a wrister that was as pretty as they come. New captain Jason Spezza also had a pair.
Milan Lucic, Boston: Lucic had two goals and a helper on the night, with both tallies getting big assists from Jarome Iginla. 'Looch' also took a puck in the face and still returned to the game.
Craig Anderson, Ottawa: The netminder made some fantastic saves against the always dangerous Red Wings, earning the win on 31 saves.
Nikita Zadorov, Buffalo: The towering teen defenseman got his first NHL goal in a losing cause for the Sabres on an impressive backhander, swooping in from the blueline.
Better Luck Next Time
Jimmy Howard was excellent against San Jose Monday, but got strafed by the Senators, who tagged him for three goals on eight shots before the Wings netminder was pulled in favor of Jonas Gustavsson. 'The Monster' fared only slightly better, giving up three on 20 shots.