Eastern Conference 3 Stars
Third star: Columbus G Sergei Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets are seemingly unstoppable, posting their 16th consecutive win Tuesday against Edmonton. Bobrovsky has certainly been a key part of that, and his stats over the previous week were particularly impressive.
Bobrovsky backstopped the Blue Jackets to four wins in as many starts, posting a .924 save percentage and 2.68 goals-allowed average prior to Tuesday’s result. His .955 mark Tuesday against the Oilers helped push the team within one win of tying the NHL win-streak record. Bob is certainly earning his keep of late.
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Second star: Pittsburgh G Marc-Andre Fleury. The Pens are in the midst of a bye week, but Fleury had a nice little roll going before the team’s break.
After Pittsburgh ate a 7-2 loss to the aforementioned Blue Jackets, the team reeled off four straight wins. Three of those came within the last week, and Fleury posted a victory in all three. And he did so while starting just two of the games.
Fleury was asked to come off the bench in relief of Matt Murray last week against Carolina. Fleury’s response? Nineteen saves in the third period alone. It got him the win, along with two others on the week. His statline: three wins, .939 save percentage, 2.12 goals-against average.
First star: Toronto F Auston Matthews. Well, the kid did win the Maple Leafs an outdoor game against Detroit. Matthews tallied in overtime, his second goal of the game, after a furious rally by Detroit to force overtime.
In four games last week (including Tuesday’s loss to Washington), he posted eight points, evenly split between goals and assists. Matthews is rapidly becoming a star in this league and pushing the Leafs toward a semblance of respectability.