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 10, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot (3) chases down Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) as he takes the puck behind the net in the second period of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot (3) chases down Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) as he takes the puck behind the net in the second period of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Western Conference’s 3 Stars

Third Star: San Jose Sharks C Joe Pavelski. Pavelski started out the week on Sunday by scoring the first goal of the game against the Chicago Blackhawks.  He didn’t stop there, adding another goal and three assists for five points in the last three games.

Second Star: Winnipeg Jets RW Nikolaj Ehlers. Having contributed four goals and one assist in three games earns Ehlers the second star of the week.  The Chicago Blackhawks play this Winnipeg Jets team tonight. It would probably behoove them to keep an eye out for Ehlers.

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First Star: L.A. Kings C Jeff Carter. Along with being named the Second Star of the week by the NHL, I’m also going to award Carter my First Star of the Western Conference.  He tallied a league-high five goals in three games played.

Carter scored three goals (two in regulation and one in the shootout) against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.  He added another against Nashville on Thursday, and two more against Dallas on Friday.  This was his fifth multi-goal effort of the season.  What a great way to go into the Christmas break!  He now leads the Kings with 29 points in 34 games.

Next: Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable

In this post, we’ve taken a look at nine hockey players who have excelled and earned honors this past week for themselves and their teams.  Tonight, the Christmas break is officially over, and a new series of hockey games begin.  Who will step up with big contributions in this final week of 2016?  Well, we’ll just have to watch and see.

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