NHL 3 Stars of The Week
Canadian NHL Stars of the Week
Third Star – RW Reilly Smith
Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas set a new record for wins by an expansion franchise last week, powered by the performance of Reilly Smith, right winger for the Golden Knights. This Torontonian scored four goals and an assist last week, helping the Knights to three wins during a busy four-game week. In addition to breaking the record, Vegas remains a single point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Presidents’ Trophy.
Smith completed his week with a pair of goals during a win against Washington and started with a goal and an assist against the Flames, adding another goal during their win over the Jets. Reilly’s en route to his best season, earning 16 goals and 41 points in 52 games thus far.
Second Star – G Harri Sateri
He possesses the best name in the NHL, and he also earned second star of the week as the Panthers third-string goaltender. Harri Sateri was given a chance to shine when Roberto Luongo and James Reimer hit the injured reserve, and he’s made the most of it over the last week. Sateri had a perfect 3-0-0 record, along with a stingy 1.67 GAA and an outstanding .946 SV%.
If this 28-year-old rookie netminder continues this streak, he could become the goalie of the Panthers future. Sateri saved 32 to beat the Islanders, earned a 30-save victory against the Sabres and completed the week with 26 saves against the Detroit Red Wings. Florida now has an outside shot at a playoff spot, seven points behind the last Wild Card position with a pair of games in hand.
First Star – C Evgeni Malkin
Geno went nuts this week, scoring six goals in three games, along with a pair of assists to finish with an eight-point week, During January, he lead the league in goals and points, rising to fourth in the scoring race with 29 goals and 31 assists with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Malkin’s been reminding the league that he’s a superstar alongside Sidney Crosby.
Evgeni notched a hat-trick against the San Jose Sharks, scored two goals and two assists against the Washington Capitals and netted the only goal during a Penguins loss against the Devils. Much attention has been given to Vegas for their incredible expansion year as Pittsburgh quietly rounds into the most dangerous team in the NHL.
Three Stars Canadian Honorable Mentions:
RW – Patrik Laine – Winnipeg Jets
The Winnipeg Jets continue to power through the regular season as the best NHL team in Canada, partly because of the efforts of Patrik Laine, who consistently bulges the twine. Mark Scheifele’s absence was made easier through Winnipeg’s scoring depth, including Laine’s 24 markers this season. Patrik scored two goals last week, including a game winner against the Colorado Avalanche.
D – Jeff Petry – Montreal Canadiens
One of the few bright spots of the Canadiens season was the big week enjoyed by Jeff Petry. The Montreal rearguard scored a trio of goals, all of them vital power play markers during the Habs two-game win streak. Jeff netted two against the Ducks during Montreal’s 5-2 win, earning his third the next day against the Senators. He’s well on his way to establishing career highs in goals and points in 2018.
G – Curtis McElhinney – Toronto Maple Leafs
He just might be the best backup goaltender in the NHL. Curtis quietly excels in his role behind number one Frederik Andersen, providing peace of mind when Toronto needs to rest Freddy. Last week, he shut out the New York Rangers, stopping 25 shots for his second shutout of the year. During his previous appearance, Curtis saved 39 of 40 against the Dallas Stars, helping Toronto earn a four-game win streak before losing to Boston.
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