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STATurday – 11/29/2014

Hello, hockey fans!  It’s Saturday, so you all know what that means…

It’s time for what we like to call STATurday, a day where we look back on this past week in the NHL and hand out awards to players and teams leading in certain stats.


Sharpshooter award – Individual: 3 way tie between Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars, Jiri Hudler of the Calgary Flames, and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who each scored 4 times this week.


Sharpshooter award – Team: Awarded to the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, who both found the back of the net 15 times this week.


“Defense?” Award: Awarded to the Edmonton Oilers, who were scored on 15 times this week.


Teammate Award: Awarded to Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who tallied 6 assists this week.


“Get on the ice” Award: Awarded to Luca Sbisa of the Vancouver Canucks, who had a plus-minus of 6 this week.


Bad Omen Award: Three-way tie between Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes, Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes, and Boone Jenner of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who each had a plus-minus of -5 this week.


Stalwart Award: Awarded to Cam Talbot of the New York Rangers, who held a perfect GAA of 0 this week.


Reflexes Award: Awarded to Cam Talbot of the New York Rangers, who had a save percentage of .100 this week.


Leaky Award: Awarded to Reto Berra of the Colorado Avalanche, who had a goals against average of 12.99, and Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars, who allowed 11 goals this week.


Third Stringer Award: Awarded to Reto Berra of the Colorado Avalanche, who had a save percentage of .667 this week.


Sin Bin Award – Individual: Awarded to Brandon Prust of the Montreal Canadiens, who spent 32 minutes in the penalty box this week.


Sin Bin Award – Team: Awarded to the Winnipeg Jets, who as a team spent a total of 71 minutes in the penalty box this week.


Ice Pack Award: Awarded to Michael Stone of the Arizona Coyotes, who blocked 16 shots this week.


Crusher Award – Individual: Awarded to Matt Martin of the New York Islanders, who dished out 23 hits this week.


Crusher Award – Team: Awarded to the New York Islanders, who as a team dished out 134 hits this week.


“Pass to Nowhere” Award – Individual: Awarded to Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, who has 33 giveaways so far this season.


“Pass to Nowhere” Award – Team: Awarded to the Winnipeg Jets, who have given the puck away 113 times so far this season.


“MINE!” Award – Individual: 3 way tie between Leo Komarov of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Rick Nash of the New York Rangers, and Ryan O’Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche, each with 24 takeaways so far this season.


“MINE!” Award – Team: Awarded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who as a team have 218 takeaways this season.


Possession Award:  Awarded to Leo Komarov of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who has a giveaway to takeaway differential of +19


Stick Tape Award: Awarded to Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues, who shot the puck on net 21 times this week.


In-game Practice Award: Awarded to Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars, who faced 112 shots this week.


3 Stars: This week’s 3 stars are Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars (4 G, 2 A, +6), Dan Boyle of the New York Rangers (2 G, 0 A, +3), and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins (2 W, 2.63 GAA, and .911 save %)


Key games this week:

There are many games that are on tonight, but what I believe to be 2 noteworthy ones are the Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues game, as well as the Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets game.  Both of these teams are looking to make a statement in the competitive central division, with Nashville looking to keep hold of it’s first place spot, and Minnesota looking to move up from it’s 5th place spot.


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