3rd Star, from the San Jose Sharks, numero 31, Antti Niemi. Life has been easy for Niemi this season, as he hasn't faced more than 26 shots in a game. But wins are wins and this week Niemi brought you three, along with 1.67 / .928 peripherals. He should probably share this award with Jonathan Bernier, as Bernier had one less win but faced 100 shots vs. Niemi's 69, so you're getting a lot more mileage out of Bernier's .930 SV%. Bernier had a shutout too. 4th star? (I also wrote this before Jonas Hiller's win yesterday, so throw him in the mix with 2-0 (1 SO), 0.50 GAA, .985 SV% on the week)
2nd Star, from the Pittsburgh Penguins, numero 87, Sidney Crosby. Three goals (two PPG), four assists, two PIM, 12 SOG and a decent 50.7% in faceoffs. He's an Art Ross shoo-in if he stays healthy, but that's stating the obvious. Only Gretzky, Lemieux and Bossy have a better career regular season points-per-game average.
1st Star, from the Montreal Canadiens, numero 76, P.K. Subban. He brought the show to Western Canada this week, piling up the points, among other things, in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. One goal, five assists, plus-4, six PIM, 10 SOG, three PPP. Just one hit and two blocks in there, but I don't think anyone is really complaining. When PK is on the ice, the game revolves around him. It's an awesome thing to watch.
Rookie Star of the Week: Tomas Hertl, for the second week running. There's nothing more to say about that four goal game against the Rangers. Overall this week Hertl had five goals, 13 shots, plus-5, four hits and two blocks. He left Saturday's game injured but it sounds like he should be back tomorrow. As a point of interest, this week I had a choice of benching one of Hertl, Carter or Doan, and Hertl ended up the odd man out. His injury and 37% shooting percentage have me a bit spooked, but I hope to be proven wrong.
Breakout star of the Week: Jason Garrison: if he's still available in your leagues, get him on your roster. He's getting a ton of PP time and has at least a point in all but one of Vancouver's games. After a crazy ten shot game against Montreal, Garrison finished the week with two assists, 15 shots, four hits and three blocks. With Alexander Edler out for the next couple of games, expect Garrison's TOI to be up over 25 minutes as it was on Saturday vs. the Habs. Honorable mention here goes to Martin Hanzal, with 1+2=3, 10 PIM, nine SOG, 11 hits, five blocks, and 51.9% in faceoffs over four games.
Breakdown of the Week: Ryane Clowe. I'll go with Clowe here as I had kind of pegged him as a possible rebound candidate / low-budget point/PIM guy. We're only five games in, but so far he is doing more harm than good on your (my) roster. In four games this week, Clowe had no points and was minus-3. Eight hits, sure, but zero PIM - all he's got there is five minutes for fighting on opening night. Since then - nothing. Not even a measly tripping minor. Not what we signed up for.