Another edition of our NHL three stars of the week. With a pair of wins to break out of their funk, the Canucks are starting to come around and play some decent hockey.
As usual, everything seems to hinge on one area of the ice, and the players in that zone have either been our first star or our worst performer. This week will finally break that trend.
Without further ado:
First Star -David Booth
His speed, strength and vision on the ice allows him to be highly effective, and although is defensive abilities are somewhat suspect (still a -1 for the season) he makes up for it by leading that second line.
Second Star – Goaltending
Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider put together four quality games this week, and even though managed to lose half of them, they played very well. The Canucks were outshot in three of the four games, and the only reason they got the one point against Chicago was because of an astounding effort by Schneider.
The best stat to show how good they were? Schneiders 0.92 save percentage was the WORST by a Canucks goaltender this week. Impressive.
Third Star – Alex Edler
Alex Edler added one goal and one assist this week to help the Canucks past the Blue Jackets and earn a much needed two points. He continues to be an offensive threat, particularly on the power play.
He makes Canucks fans forget the name of that other guy now playing for Buffalo for a large sum of money.
In fact, I don’t remember his name either. However, Edler does need some work on his, you know, defense. His +/- for the year is unimpressive.
However, he is such a force from the point in the offensive zone that his shortcomings around his own net are forgiveable.
Goal of the Week
It isn’t online yet, but Kevin Bieksa‘s goal last night against the Stars was B-E-A-Utiful. Great moves and nice hands by the blue collar defenceman.
Of course the best goal was the Edler goal, but we did an extensive post on it already, so I opted for something different.
Here’s our blog on the Alex Edler goal too!