3rd Star, from the Florida Panthers, numero 51, Brian Campbell... yes, an ugly minus-4 this week, but in Sunrise they call that getting off easy. Otherwise, Campbell put together two goals, four assists, four PPP, and, notably, 10 blocked shots. He's tied for 4th overall in D scoring at 15 points in 22 games.
2nd Star, from the Pittsburgh Penguins, numero 14, Chris Kunitz...last summer, our own Diomedes7 launched the "Ultimate Dynasty League" for us FHS guys and a bunch of friends and readers. This league has nine different stat categories for forwards, and guess who is the highest-rated player at this point in the season? Chris Freaking Kunitz, that's who. Another multi-cat buffet from Kunitz this week: three games, four goals, two assists, plus-5, two PIM, nine shots, seven hits, and a PPG, if you please.
1st Star, from the Montreal Canadiens, numero 67, Max Pacioretty... four games, four goals, three assists, plus-4 and 22 shots. For those of you without a calculator, that's an average of 5.5 shots per game. Last season Patches had 33+32=65, plus-2, 56 PIM, 286 shots and 13 PPP in 79 games. Take this season's numbers over a 79-game pace and you end up with 35+53=88, plus-35, 70 PIM, 290 shots and 31 PPP. Remarkably, he's doing this while averaging two and a half minutes LESS TOI/G than last year. If you were expecting a regression this season, it ain't happening.
Rookie Star of the Week: Brendan Gallagher. He's found some great chemistry with Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais, and that line is being used on the first powerplay unit as well. This week, Gallagher had 1+4=5, plus-5, 15 shots, two hits and three blocks, and he's made his way into the Calder discussion with 6+7=13, plus-12, 19 PIM, 46 shots, and 29 hits in 18 games while averaging only 12:11 TOI/G.
Breakout Star of the Week: Nazem Kadri. He's been producing steadily all season, but this week he had points in all three games, with two assists vs. the Flyers, another helper vs. the Canadiens, and capped things off vs. the Islanders with his first career hat trick. Even his most ardent supporters probably weren't expecting point-per-game this year, but here Kadri sits at 21 in 22.
Breakdown of the Week: John Tavares. 25 points in 21 games. Seventh overall in league scoring, second overall in goals, and first overall in shots. But this week? Astonishingly, he did not find the scoresheet once. Yes, he scored the nicest shootout goal of the season, but...is this real life? No. Is this just fantasy? Yes. Thank you, Freddie Mercury, for asking.