Western Conference 3 Stars
Third star: Minnesota C Mikko Koivu. Koivu’s three goals and one assist over the past two games helped the Wild avoid a “dead-cat bounce” after Columbus snapped Minnesota’s 12-game win streak on New Year’s Eve.
He scored both the game-tying goal and the game-winner in the Wild’s 5-4 win over San Jose Thursday night, then earned a huge assist on Zach Parise’s late goal that sent the game to overtime and earned a valuable point Saturday night in a 4-3 loss to the Kings.
Koivu’s 28 points ranks fourth on the team as the Wild hang tantalizingly close behind the Blackhawks in the Central Division with four games in hand.
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Second star: Winnipeg F Nikolaj Ehlers. Ehlers had an assist and four goals last week as the Jets won two of three games to stay in the fight for a Western Conference wild-card slot. His two goals Tuesday night included the game-winner in the Jets’ 6-4 win over Tampa Bay.
Ehlers leads the Jets with 22 assists, and his 36 points ranks second on the team.
First star: St. Louis F Vladimir Tarasenko. During his current three-game scoring streak, Tarasenko notched two goals (including the game-winner) against the Blackhawks, and one goal each in a 4-2 loss to Carolina and the 4-3 win over Dallas. His 20 goals and 43 points are both tops for the Blues and rank third and second, respectively, in the Western Conference.
With Tarasenko, the Blues have one of the league’s top snipers, and that makes them a very formidable opponent.