Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks, NHL 3 Stars: Panarin Strikes Again

By Gail Kauchak
Nov 26, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) takes a shot on goal in the first period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) takes a shot on goal in the first period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 18, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Saad (20) celebrates his goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Columbus Blue Jackets won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Saad (20) celebrates his goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Columbus Blue Jackets won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /

Eastern Conference’s 3 Stars

Third Star: Tampa Bay Lightning LW Jonathan Drouin. Drouin posted three goals and two assists in three games last week.  A number of other players in the Eastern Conference had five points, but Drouin topped them all in the goal department.

Second Star: Columbus Blue Jackets LW Brandon SaadThe Columbus Blue Jackets are on fire right now, having won 12 games in a row.  They are now 23-5-4, which is good for first place in the league.  Former Chicago Blackhawk Brandon Saad earns the East’s second star this week for his contribution of four goals and one assist, for 5 points.

First Star: Columbus Blue Jackets RW Cam Atkinson. Saad’s teammate gets the East’s first star honors.  In four games played, he’s tallied four goals and two assists, for six points.  It must have been a fun Christmas for these players and their teammates!  Let’s see if they can keep the ball rolling into the new year.

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