Monday, November 17, 2014
NHL Three Stars Of The Week
St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 16.
FIRST STAR – JORI LEHTERA, C, ST. LOUIS BLUES
Lehtera tied for the League lead in goals (four) and points (six) and posted a +5 rating as the Blues (12-4-1, 25 points) won all three games for the week to move into first place in the Central Division. Lehtera began the week by recording his first career hat trick, including the game-winner, in a 6-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 11. He recorded two assists in a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators Nov. 13 and closed the week by notching one goal in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals Nov. 15, the Blues' 10 win in 11 starts. Lehtera extended his point streak to seven games (5-6--11) and the "STL Line" of Lehtera, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko has combined for 33 points in its past eight contests.
SECOND STAR – CAREY PRICE, G, MONTREAL CANADIENS
Price posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and one shutout as the Canadiens (14-4-1, 29 points) won all four games for the week to move into first place in the overall NHL standings. Price began the week by making 29 stops for his 26th career shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Nov. 11. He followed up with a 21-save performance in a 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins Nov. 13 and finished the week by stopping 26 shots in a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Nov.15. Price improved his season record to 11-3-1 with a 2.49 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and one shutout.
THIRD STAR – FILIP FORSBERG, C, NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Forsberg tied for second among all scorers last week with five points (2-3--5) as the Predators (11-4-2, 24 points) climbed to second place in the Central Division by gaining four of a possible six standings points. Forsberg recorded consecutive multi-point games, tallying the game-winning goal and one assist in a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Nov. 11 and a goal and two assists in a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues Nov. 13. The 20-year-old native of Ostervala, Sweden, leads all rookies in goals (eight), power-play goals (five), assists (12) and points (20), and leads all players in plus-minus (+19).