Welcome back, hockey fans! Due to persisting technical difficulties, some awards have changed in regards of how they are calculated and given out. If the award has changed, it will be noted within. Without further ado, here are this week’s awards:
Sharpshooter Award – Individual: Awarded to Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars, for finding the back of the net 5 times this week.
Sharpshooter Award – Team: Awarded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who scored 17 goals this week.
“Defense?” Award: Awarded to the Buffalo Sabres, who surrendered 18 goals this week.
Teammate Award: Awarded to Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who notched 6 assists this week.
“Get on the ice” Award: Five-way tie between Filip Forsberg, Mike Ribeiro, and James Neal of the Nashville Predators, Mike Weaver of the Montreal Canadiens and Willie Mitchell of the Florida Panthers, all of whom held a plus-minus rating of +6 this week.
Bad Omen Award: Four-way tie between Tyler Myers and Chris Stewart of the Buffalo Sabres, Adam Burish of the San Jose Sharks, and Alexander Wennberg of the Columbus Blue Jackets, all of whom held a plus-minus rating of -5 this week.
Stalwart Award: Awarded to Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, who held a GAA of 0.67 this week.
Reflexes Award: Awarded to Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, who held a save percentage of .976.
Third Stringer Award: Despite four other goalies having a lower save percentage, this one is awarded to Ryan Miller of the Vancouver Canucks due to a larger sample size. Miller had a save percentage of .826 this week.
Sin Bin Award – Individual: Awarded to Eric Gryba of the Ottawa Senators, who spent 17 minutes in the penalty box this week.
Sin Bin Award – Team: Awarded to the Buffalo Sabres, who as a team spent 57 minutes in the penalty box this week.
Crusher Award – Individual: Awarded to Leo Komarov of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who hit opponents 25 times this week.
Crusher Award – Team: Awarded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who doled out 140 hits as a team this week.
“Pass to Nowhere” award: Changed to season leaders so far. As such, it is awarded to Niklas Hjaalmarsson of the Chicago Blackhawks, who has amassed 25 giveaways so far in the season.
“MINE!” Award: Changed to season leaders so far. As such, it is awarded to Leo Komarov of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who has amassed 21 takeaways so far this season.
Possession Award: Changed to differential leaders so far this season. Awarded to Leo Komarov of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who has a giveaway to takeaway differential of +19.
Stick Tape Award: Awarded to Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, who tested opposing goalies 20 times this week.
In-Game Practice Award: Awarded to Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators, who faced 111 shots this week.
3 Stars: It is noteworthy that my three stars last week coincided with the NHL’s official three stars. This week’s three stars are: Jaroslav Halak of the New York Islanders (0.97 GAA, .961 save percentage, 3 wins, 2 shutouts), Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators (3 G, 4 A, +6, 14 shots, 6 hits), Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers (1 G, 4 A, +3, 8 shots, 2 hits).
Key Games this week: Tonight, the Montreal Canadiens look to extend their five-game winning streak to six when the Philadelphia Flyers come to play in the Bell Centre. The New York Islanders look to also extend their streak to six when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a quick recovery from their loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a game against the Buffalo Sabres in the First Niagara Center. The Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins play in a 1:00 matinee at the TD Garden, followed by another matinee when the Minnesota Wild take on the Dallas Stars at 2:00 P.M. Eastern.
The rest of the week is highlighted by tomorrow’s game between the Dallas Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks, as well as a clash of original six teams between the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings. Monday’s lone game sees the Tampa Bay Lightning strike at Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers.
Tuesday sees the Boston Bruins play host to the St. Louis Blues in a strong defensive showdown, while the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Montreal Canadiens. Wednesday has rivals Vancouver Canucks face off against lowly Edmonton Oilers, while middle of the pack Philadelphia Flyers take on the New York Rangers in a Metropolitan Division clash.