Another Saturday, another round of awards to be handed out! For this week, I will incorporate the previous week’s results as well, considering that it was only one or two games.
Sharpshooter Award – Individual: Awarded to Rick Nash of the New York Rangers, for scoring 6 goals this week.
Sharpshooter Award – Team: Awarded to the New York Islanders, with 19 goals scored this week.
“Defense?” Award: Awarded to the Edmonton Oilers, for conceding 25 goals this week.
Teammate Award: Awarded to John Tavares of the New York Islanders, for accumulating 7 assists this week.
“Get on the ice” Award: Awarded to Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings, with a plus-minus rating of +8.
Bad Omen Award: Awarded to Andrej Meszaros of the Buffalo Sabres, whose plus-minus rating is a -7.
Stalwart Award: Awarded to Darcy Kuemper of the Minnesota Wild for the second consecutive week, by posting a GAA of 0.67.
Reflexes Award: Awarded to Jonas Hiller of the Calgary Flames, who posted a save percentage of 0.974 in 3 games played this week.
Leaky Award: Awarded to Viktor Fasth of the Edmonton Oilers, for holding a 5.19 GAA this week.
Third Stringer Award: Despite Mike Smith having the lowest save percentage this week, I’m awarding this to Ben Scrivens of the Edmonton Oilers, who posted a save percentage of .848 with twice as many starts as Mike Smith (.815) and Cam Ward (.846)
Sin Bin Award – Individual: Awarded to Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins, who spent 26 minutes in the penalty box, as well as being the recipient of a $5,000 fine.
Sin Bin Award – Team: Awarded to the Boston Bruins for the second consecutive week, having spent a total of 89 minutes in the penalty box.
Crusher Award – Individual: A four way tie between Robyn Regehr of the Los Angeles Kings, Matt Martin of the New York Islanders, Jan Hejda of the Colorado Avalanche, and Roman Polak of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who used the body 21 times to loosen the puck.
Crusher Award – Team: Awarded to the Los Angeles Kings, who as a team, dished out 165 hits.
“Pass to Nowhere” Award: Awarded to Tom Gilbert of the Montreal Canadiens, who coughed the puck up 10 times this week.
“MINE!” Award: Awarded to Rick Nash of the New York Rangers, who swiped the puck 7 times this week.
Possession Award: Awarded to Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators, with a giveaway to takeaway ratio of +6.
Stick Tape Award: Awarded to Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, for testing the goalie 24 times this week.
In-Game Practice Award: Awarded to Jhonas Enroth of the Buffalo Sabres, who saw 147 shots come his way this week.
3 Stars: Johnny Boychuk of the New York Islanders (2G, 4A, +5, 7 hits, 7 SOG, 9 shots blocked, 4 PIM), Rick Nash of the New York Rangers (6G 1A, +3, 17 SOG, 5 hits), Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators (3-0-1, .972 SV%, 1.22 GAA, 97 shots against, 1 shutout).
Key games of the week: Plenty of games tonight, with 22 teams active. Look for a scrappy affair between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, with statistical leaders John Tavares and Sidney Crosby clashing for the first time. Columbus looks to continue their good record against the Ottawa Senators. Look for Alex Ovechkin to score in bunches against the lowly Florida Panthers. The second half of the home-and-home between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings will be an important factor in determining whether Coach Randy Carlyle is employed at the end of the month. Saturday’s game of the night is between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators, as Chicago is heavily favored, but statistically, the Nashville Predators have every chance to pull off the win.
Tuesday will see a clash of original six teams as the Detroit Red Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens, while dark horse New Jersey Devils take on a struggling Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers.
The first installment of the Battle of Ontario is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 PM, while inter-state rivals Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins clash for the first time this season an hour later.