Welcome to Week Twelve of Blackhawk Up’s 2013-14 Three Stars of the Week. As the title says, we will count down the top three performers in the Chicago Blackhawks’ lineup over the past seven days, and analyze their contribution to the team. These players don’t have to be the guys with the most points, or ice time, but the players that really stepped up their game, and made a positive impact.
The Blackhawks had three games before the NHL had their Christmas break, and Chicago attained points in all three, but fell to the hated Vancouver Canucks in a lengthy shootout. Wins against the Nashville Predators and New Jersey Devils couldn’t keep Chicago atop the league, however, and they were passed by the Anaheim Ducks for the top spot.
Third Star: Marian Hossa
Marian Hossa continued to work his magic in a secondary role for Chicago, and with 3 points in 3 games, Hossa shows that the 34-year old is not forgotten amongst the Blackhawks’ superstars. Hossa picked up an assist in Nashville, and added a pair of helpers against the Devils. Although he didn’t find the score-sheet against the Canucks, Hossa remained a difference-maker, with a notable performance in his own end of the ice, coming out with 22:37 of ice-time in the game.Hossa’s great two-way play was apparent once again, helping him stay among the NHL’s elite in the plus/minus category, with a +16 rating (Brandon Saad is the highest-ranked Blackhawk at +17).