NHL Weekly Roundup (10/9–10/15)

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We have officially seen a full week of NHL hockey!!! Check out our week 2(ish) awards and follow along as I try to beat the piss out of Mike with my national game picks.

By: Michael Chiumento & Dave Wallace; Find us on Twitter  @chiumento_mike @davewallace94

GUYS! 158 games of real life NHL hockey have been played. What a great life we live. Check out this week’s awards including our three stars, goalie of the week, rookie of the week, our biggest surprise, and the absolute worst thing that’s ever happened to me — a tie. -DW

First Stars

Nicklas Backstrom: Washington only picked up 3 points in their four games this past week, but there was no fault assigned to Nicklas Backstrom who did all he could with 9 points (3G-6A) in these contests. The Capitals have some issues to work on but Backstrom’s 11 points through 6 games is a good sign moving forward. — Dave Wallace

Nikolaj Ehlers: The young winger, who sometimes gets forgotten amidst the firepower of Winnipeg, went off this past week to the tune of 5 goals and 2 assist in three straight wins. Ehlers will be expected to put up these kind of numbers (including a ridiculous 16 shots on goal in those three games) on a regular basis following the big extension he got just 2 weeks ago. — Mike Chiumento

Second Stars

Filip Forsberg: It could be argued that Filip Forsberg is one of the most important pieces if Nashville wants to get back to the cup final. Not only does Forsberg have 5 goals in 5 GP, he also netted the game winner in BOTH of Nashville’s wins this week and the lone goal in an OT loss to the Blackhawks. — DW

Auston Matthews: While the numbers this past week (3 goals) were strong, it was the clutch play of the captain (oh wait, Toronto hasn’t named a captain yet?) that lands him here as he netted two OT winners. The young American has shown no signs of slowing down this season and the Leafs look poised to potentially find themselves in a 2 way battle with the Lightning for the Atlantic this season.— MC

Third Stars:

P.K. Subban: Kinda sorry for picking two Predators.. but not actually. After starting the season with one point in two games and a -4, Subban bounced back in a way that few people can to the tune of 6 points (1G-5A) and a nice +3. Roman Josi is very close to returning for the Preds but that’s nothing to suggest that P.K. won’t continue tearing it up. — DW

Kyle Turris: The streaky counterman put up 2 goals and 5 assists during the three wins that the Sens racked up over the last 7 days. Despite his early surge this season, rumors are flying that he could find himself in Nashville in due time as the pivot for the second line for the Preds. — MC

Goalie of the Week

Corey Crawford: I can genuinely say I never expected to pick Crawford for this award.. and I mean ever. The 32 year old silenced his haters in a big way this week with 2 wins, 107 saves, a 1.64 GAA and a .955 SV%. Sheesh. — DW

Connor Hellebyuck: Three stars and three dominant performances by the young net minder have made it clear who should get the starts going forward for the Jets. Hellebyuck stopped 95 of 100 shots faced across the three games as he’ll face no less going forward behind the shaky defense. — MC

Rookie of the Week

Jesper Bratt : The Devils rookies are freakin. Filthy. Mike took Will Butcher again this week so I had no choice but to take another stud from New Jersey. Bratt, 19, posted a four point week including 3 crucial points in a 6–2 win at Buffalo. All eyes were on number 1 pick Nico Hischier coming into the season and the fact that there are multiple rookies playing great hockey this early in the season is a scary thing for the rest of the division.

Will Butcher: No need to re-hash the explanation from last week. College Hockey’s player of the year last season continues his surprising and impressive start with another 5 assists in three games this week as the Devils have maintained their steady play. This should be one of the fun storylines here in the early going to see where NJ finds themselves come Thanksgiving and whether they are way ahead of schedule in their rebuild thanks to this gem of a find. — MC

Surprise of the Week

I touched on this when I talked about Bratt but the Devils look like a really solid team this year, powered by some electric rookies. Strong play at every position has the Dvils sitting pretty at the top of the Metro division and one point off from the top of the NH. Expect more out of the kids from New Jersey. — DW

The Jets started the year with high expectations behind their explosive offense and new goalie, Steve Mason, but found themselves in an 0–2 hole quickly. With Hellebyuck manning the crease for the next three games, Winnipeg erupted for three wins as everybody stepped up to realign the team’s path with its playoff hopes. — MC

National Game Picks

Tampa Bay Lightning (Mike) @ New Jersey Devils (Dave) (10/9)

Montreal Canadiens (Dave) @ San Jose Sharks (Mike) (10/10)

Montreal Canadiens (Mike) @ Los Angeles Kings (Dave) (10/11)

Chicago Blackhawks (Dave, Mike) @ St. Louis Blues (10/13)

Florida Panthers (Dave) @ Washington Capitals (Mike) (10/14)

Our Records: Check out last weeks picks here

Dave: 3–1–1

Mike: 3–1–1

No more freakin ties.

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