Normally, FHS and the NHL don't exactly see eye to eye on the Stars of the Week, but in this case, we went exactly the same way. Since the blurbs are already written on these guys, and I'm at work, I've copied the Rotoworld comment for each of the three stars. Cop out!
3rd Star, from the Edmonton Oilers, numero 40, Devan Dubnyk. He posted a 2-0-0 record with a 0.50 goals-against average, a .974 save percentage and one shutout. Dubnyk's strong play of late has kept Ilya Bryzgalov on the bench, but it's also give him more time to work on his conditioning.
2nd Star, from the Montreal Canadiens, numero 67, Max Pacioretty. He led all skaters with five goals, including two-game winners, in three games for the Canadiens. Pacioretty's week was highlighted by a natural hat trick against Minnesota last Tuesday. He has seven goals and nine points in 15 matches this campaign.
1st Star, from the Pittsburgh Penguins, numero 71, Evgeni Malkin. He registered four straight multi-point outings, while contributing seven assists and eight points. Malkin ended a 15-game goal drought on Nov. 22, but he remained dangerous offensively over that time. He is tied for first in the league with 22 assists and he's seventh overall with 26 points in 24 contests.
Rookie Star of the Week: Marek Mazanec. With Pekka Rinne out since late October, the ball was Carter Hutton's to run with. He managed to win only four of 10 starts, opening the door for Mazanec. Mazanec did lose his first two starts, but since then has been stellar with 3-1 record. This past week he went 2-1, including shutting out the Red Wings 2-0. Overall this week, Mazanec stopped 83 of 87 shots for a 1.35 GAA and .954 SV%.
Breakout Star of the Week: Matt Read. In his first 19 games, Read had only five goals and two assists, despite plenty of ice time and decent PP minutes. Then again, no one on the Flyers was scoring until recently. This week, Read exploded for four goals, an assist, plus-6, eight shots, two hits and two blocks over three games. He's playing on a line with Steve Downie and Sean Couturier.
Breakdown of the Week: Kevin Poulin. If you were relying on Evgeni Nabokov as one of your goalies this year, you have our sincere condolences. If, because of Nabokov's injury, you relied on Kevin Poulin last week, we will be happy to chip in for a therapist for you. Poulin lost all three of his starts (and was pulled in the last one), allowing 12 goals on 76 shots along the way for peripherals of 5.04 and .838. From what I've read, Poulin was hung out to dry and many of the goals against could not be blamed on him, but numbers are numbers, and his were terrible.