3rd star, from the Montreal Canadiens, numero 76, P.K. Subban... fresh off last week's first star performance, PK kept it rolling this week. Thee games, one goal, two assists, 10 PIM, eight shots, two hits and four blocked shots. Subban is averaging career highs in TOI (24:45) and PP TOI (5:02) and after eight games is on pace for 21 goals, 82 assists, plus-51, 164 PIM, 51 PPP and 267 SOG. Sweet Jesus.
2nd star, from the St. Louis Blues, numero 42, David Backes...dude has gone crazy this year with six goals (three PPG) in seven games so far, equaling his entire 48-game scoring output from last season. A multi-cat beast again this week, Backes piled up two goals, one assist, six PIM, seven shots, 13 hits, four blocked shots and a 52.2 FO%.
1st Star, from the Detroit Red Wings, numero 50, Jonas Gustavsson... three games, three wins for the Monster this week as Jimmy Howard sat out with a bruised hand. They weren't easy wins either - 28 saves vs. Boston, 36 vs. #lumbus and 38 vs. Colorado. Gustavsson finished the week with a 1.67 GAA and .953 SV%. Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted.
Rookie Star of the Week: Mark Arcobello. He's been looking good all season, with eight assists in eight games so far, but it's the face-off percentage that really stands out: 59% so far. He's also averaging 2:15 on the PP. This week he had three assists, two PIM, nine shots, six hits and three blocked shots in four games, as well as going 32-24 in faceoffs (57.1%).
Breakout Star of the Week: Ryan Johansen. The highly-touted 2010 fourth-overall pick has had a really nice start to the year with two goals, three assists and 23 shots in eight games. This week he had two point games vs. both Montreal and Vancouver and finished with two goals, two assists, four PIM and five hits.
Breakdown of the Week: Mark Streit. Forget about this week - Streit has been breaking down since opening night. After notching an assist in each of his first two games, Streit is now pointless in six games with a minus-3 and only five shots in that span. In two games this week, Streit managed no points and one measly shot, despite spending a total of 5:14 on the powerplay.