NHL Weekly Roundup (10/16–10/22)

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Check out our Week 3 NHL recap below, along with our national game picks for week 4.

By: Mike Chiumento (@chiumento_mike) and Dave Wallace (@davewallace94)

Another week gone by in this early NHL season and most teams are hanging around other than the lowly Rangers and Canadiens. Vegas and LA continue their crazy starts, setting the Pacific ablaze, and the Lightning seem poised to live up to the preseason hype. — MC

First Stars

Logan Couture: There has been a lot of talk about how old the sharks are this year and it is deserved with the likes of Pavelski, Thornton, Ward and Brent Burns taking up huge roles. Logan Couture is playing like a man possessed to try and silence the critics. The 28-year old racked up FIVE goals and added a couple of assists in three games last week (two wins) to take my top honors. — Dave Wallace

Nikita Kucherov: Although the young Russian fell a goal short on Thursday fromstarting the season off with a video game-like 9 game goal-scoring streak, Kucherov still managed to finish the week with 5 goals, 3 assists, and as a +5 across four Lightning wins. It sure does seem like my preseason pick for the Rocket Richard is paying off so far.— Mike Chiumento

Second Stars

Erik Karlsson: Welcome back to the most electrifying defenseman in the got damn league. It truly is a tragedy when Karlsson isn’t playing hockey, but never fear! After a slow first game that yielded no points and a minus 2, Karlsson gave a smooth “sup bitches, I’m back” with six assists in Ottawa’s next two games (1–0–1). — DW

Steven Stamkos: The former all-world goal scorer himself has found quite the spot feeding Kucherov all of his goals here in the early going. The Russian might be getting a lot of the attention right now, but Stamkos is putting together quite a season, capped by a 2 goal, 9 assist (NINE!!) week. (That’s 11 points in the four games!)— MC

Third Stars:

Derek Dorsett: There were (justified) talks of Vancouver being one of the worst teams in the league this year. Not only is Vancouver not in the basement, they actually hold a playoff spot as the third team in an extremely competitive Pacific division. It’s safe to say that this high-quality play can’t be sustained all season but Derek Dorsett is willing his team to victory. 4 goals and an assist (3 game point streak) this week land him in my top 3. Stay tuned to see if Dorsett can top his career best 25 point season. — DW

Jaden Schwartz: Schwartz has continued his very solid two-way play here in the early going (13 points and a +8 through nine games) and was very consistent behind a 4 goal, 1 assist, and +4 week, with a hat trick thrown in there. St. Louis needs him to stay consistent this season and put up 30 goals and so far he is delivering. — MC

Goalie of the Week

Andrei Vasilevskiy: Two games, one goal against, one shutout (obviously), and 71 saves (.986%). That’s seven goals in eight starts this season for Vasi… in case anyone was keeping track. Everything is looking perfect down in Tampa and it all starts with the man holding the big stick. I expect Yung Andrei to make this list more than a couple times during the 2017–18 season. — DW

Ben Bishop: Bishop’s place here isn’t so much based on his numbers (90 saves on 98 shots, good for 0.918 Sv%) as much as it is the stability he’s brought to Dallas this season. After a putrid outing last year by two goalies with inflated contracts, Bishop has been solid in net and helped the team to a 3–0 week. His job with this team isn’t to post stellar numbers but to simply keep the Stars in games as their offense flies, which he has had great success at so far.— MC

Rookie of the Week

Nico Hischier : Oh another Devil for my Rookie of the Week. ShooOoOOocker. It pains me to see the team from an hour north looking solid behind a group of wonderkids but I’ll give credit where credit is due. After an incredibly pedestrian start to the season for the first overall pick in this year’s draft, Hischier put up 5 points in two games to help New Jersey continue their hot start. Well played. Patrick better. — DW

Mikhail Sergachev: The 19-year old prize in the Jonathan Drouin trade during the offseason had quite the coming out party in week 3 of his young career. In keeping with the Lightning success theme, Sergachev posted 3 goals and 3 assists in relatively limited ice time. His defense still leaves something to be desired early but Tampa seems confident that it’ll come to him over time while his offensive numbers shine behind this potent offense.— MC

Surprise of the Week

The Los Angeles Kings have yet to lose a game in regulation. Can I just stop writing now? Please? Seriously though… A lot of people were saying that there were major question marks with this Kings team after a 2016–17 season that saw them miss the playoffs. 27 goals in 7 games this year including ELEVEN combined in their two games this week is definitely going to help. Oh and they have this guy Quick who looks like he’s back to his old self. Oh (second oh) and Anze Kopitar is back with a vengeance. Don’t mess with the Kings. — DW

The Montreal Canadiens are officially in free fall after falling on the road in three straight California games this week by a combined score of 16–5. It’s fair to say that this team had relatively high expectations coming into the year and that the worries were that the offense wouldn’t be able to score if they were to have problems. Unfortunately, an even worse scenario has occurred so far as the team can’t score but Carey Price also looks more human than ever before. If this team can’t start to right the ship this week, heads could start rolling for the Habs.— MC

National Game Picks

Detroit Red Wings @ Buffalo Sabres (Dave, Mike) (10/24)

Buffalo Sabres @ Columbus Blue Jackets (Dave, Mike) (10/25)

Nashville Predators (Dave) @ Chicago Blackhawks (Mike) (10/27)

New York Rangers (Dave) @ Montreal Canadiens (Mike) (10/28)

Pittsburgh Penguins (Mike) @ Winnipeg Jets (Dave) (10/29)

Our Records: Check out last weeks picks here

Dave: 6–3–1

Mike: 4–4–2

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