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Chicago Blackhawks, NHL 3 Stars: El Capitan Gets Going

By Aaron Goldschmidt
Nov 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) and right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) and right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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NHL: Florida Panthers at Vancouver Canucks
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3 Stars: Western Conference

Third Star: Ryan Miller

Miller has had a great week despite the loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday. In his last 3 games, Miller is 2-1 with a .960 save percentage and a 1.34 GAA. Miller had one shutout against the Predators and has been seeing at least 30 shots a night. His efforts should be noticed more around the league, especially considering he has had few opportunities to play for a contender.

Second Star: Sean Monahan

Monahan has had a great week, scoring 2 goals and 7 assists in the past five games. As a pass-first centerman, Monahan has the skill and determination to be the captain of the Flames for years to come. His durability the last two seasons has also been impressive, missing only one game in each year. Hopefully his skill can be showcased more in the coming years with a playoff appearance or two.

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First Star: Radim Vrbata

Playing on one of the bottom-feeder teams in the Western Conference (Arizona), Vrbata’s stock has been high from scoring 2 goals and 7 assists in the last six games. Making just $1 million, Vrbata will most likely be traded at the deadline to help a contender, possibly the Blackhawks. He, Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner have been some of the top bargains of the year considering their recent production.

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