Hockey Fans, it’s Saturday, which means it’s time for the best weekly awards to be handed out in yet another installment of Hooked on Hockey Magazine’s very own STATurday!
Sharpshooter Award – Individual: Awarded to Nick Bjugstad of the Florida Panthers, who found the back of the net 4 times this week.
“Defense?” Award: Awarded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who surrendered 17 goals this week.
Teammate Award: Awarded to several different players: Jake Muzzin of the Los Angeles Kings, Sami Vatanen of the Anaheim Ducks, Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers, Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Alex Galchenyuk of the Montreal Canadiens and Markus Granlund of the Calgary Flames, all of whom provided 4 helpers this week.
“Get on the ice” Award: Another group award: Josh Manson of the Anaheim Ducks, Nick Bjugstad of the Florida Panthers, Matt Bartkowski of the Boston Bruins, Zemgus Girgensons of the Buffalo Sabres, and Christian Ehrhoff of the Pittsburgh Penguins, all of which had a plus-minus rating of +5 this week.
Bad Omen Award: Awarded to Jake Gardiner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who held a dismal -6 rating this week.
Stalwart Award: Awarded to Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins, who held a GAA of 0.50 this week.
Reflexes Award: Awarded to Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins, who held a save percentage of .985 this week.
Leaky Award: Awarded to James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who held a GAA of 7.22 this week, as well as Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks and Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars, both of whom allowed 13 goals this week.
Third Stringer Award: Awarded to James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who held a save percentage of .800 this week.
Sin Bin Award – Individual: Awarded to Brad Malone of the Carolina Hurricanes, who spent 19 minutes in the penalty box this week.
Sin Bin Award – Team: Awarded to the Minnesota Wild, who spent 41 minutes with a player in the penalty box this week.
Ice Pack Award: Awarded to Jared Spurgeon of the Minnesota Wild, who blocked 20 shots this week.
Crusher Award – Individual: Tie between Blake Comeau of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals, both of whom used the body 17 times this week to loosen the puck from the opposition.
Crusher Award – Team: Awarded to the Los Angeles Kings, who dished out 106 hits this week.
“Pass to Nowhere” award: Awarded to Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, who currently leads the league with 29 giveaways.
“MINE!” Award: Awarded to Leo Komarov of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who leads the league with 23 takeaways.
Possession Award: Awarded to Leo Komarov of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who leads the league with a takeaway to giveaway differential of +19.
Stick Tape Award: Awarded to Brock Nelson of the New York Islanders, who tested opposing goalies 16 times this week.
In-Game Practice Award: Awarded to Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who faced 118 shots this week.
3 Stars: this week’s three stars are: Nick Bjugstad of the Florida Panthers (4 G, 3 A, +5, 11 shots, 4 hits), P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens (2 G, 2 A, +2, 6 shots, 3 hits), and Darcy Kuemper of the Minnesota Wild (3 wins, 1.39 GAA, .957 save percentage).
Key games this week: Tonight will see 13 games, with 87 percent of the league active tonight. The matinee match will see the St. Louis Blues face off against the Ottawa Senators. The Buffalo Sabres brave the elements as they exit their own version of Winterfell to extend their season-high two game winning streak when they visit the Washington Capitals. Two Original Six matchups happen tonight when the Detroit Red Wings take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Montreal Canadiens visit the Boston Bruins at 7 P.M. Eastern. The second leg of a home-and-home between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers takes place tonight while Metropolitan Division rivals Philadelphia Flyers play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a bid to snap their current four-game losing streak. The Chicago Blackhawks take on the lowly Edmonton Oilers, who have lost five consecutive.
Tomorrow, another Original Six matchup between the league-leading Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers, and an exciting match between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks.
Monday, Eastern Conference giants Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins face off in Boston, while surging Minnesota Wild take on the Florida Panthers.
Tuesday, defending Stanley Cup Champions Los Angeles Kings take on Central Division leaders Nashville Predators, while Eastern Conference leaders Anaheim Ducks look to continue to stretch their lead against the Calgary Flames.
Wednesday will see Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals take on John Tavares and the New York Islanders, while Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The game of the night will be between the Los Angeles Kings and the Minnesota Wild. On Thursday, the Edmonton Oilers visit the Nashville Predators in the night’s only game.
Friday will see a matinee affair between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers, and another one between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks. The Montreal Canadiens will take on the Buffalo Sabres, and the Vancouver Canucks will visit the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Pittsburgh Penguins will begin a home-and-home against the Carolina Hurricanes. Capping off the night will be the Minnesota Wild against the Dallas Stars in an exciting match-up between two middle of the pack Central Division teams.
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