NHL Weekly Roundup (10/23–10/29)

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Your weekly NHL roundup is here including our league-wide awards and updates on Dave’s picks beating the piss out of Mike’s picks.

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

The NHL season continues to roll on and things are getting fun. The Metro division is a bloodbath from top to bottom, five teams are tied for second in the Central division with 12 points, and the Kings, Knights and Lightning continue to beat teams to a pulp. I freakin’ love hockey. — DW

First Stars

John Tavares: Mama there goes that man. After a relatively disappointing 2016–17 campaign and a slow start to the season by the Islanders’ captain, Tavares is back to his old self after a pair of dominating performances last week. Tavares was held off the score sheet in five consecutive games before a mini explosion that included two hat tricks in three games for a total of 6 goals and 7 points. — Dave Wallace

Adrian Kempe: A huge week for the 21 year old rookie winger as he put up 3 goals and 2 assists to the tune of a +6 in four games for the still surging LA Kings. With 9 points through 11 games, Kempe is finding himself closing in on joining the Calder conversation here in the first quarter of the season. — Mike Chiumento

Second Stars

Jakub Voracek: It took 9 and a half games but the Gracefully Gifted Giving Ginger finally put one in the net after a couple weeks of dominant play. Voracek also found potted one in Toronto on Saturday to give him a two game goal streak and three game point streak coming into this week. Voracek currently sits third in the league in points after picking up six points this week, despite having only two goals on the young season (2–4–16). — DW

Sean Couturier: It seems about time to properly acknowledge the work that the newly minted Giroux-Couterier-Voracek line is doing in Philly for a Flyers team being carried by its top line. The long time shut down pivot is finally living up to his offensive billing and turned in an impressive 3 goal 3 assist week in three shaky games for the Orange and Black. The week keeps the potential Selke challenger at a point per game pace. — MC

Third Stars

Shea Weber: Montreal might be finally starting to get it together… but that’s a serious “might.” After a brutal seven game losing streak, the Habs finally broke through with a win against the Florida Panthers, fueled by a pair of goals from the former Nashville Predator. Weber then added two assists in a win over the Rangers two days later to give the Canadiens two wins in three games. It is clear that Montreal is going to lean heavily on two players this season — Carey Price and Shea Weber. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for the latter. — DW

Drew Doughty: Unlike Kempe and Couturier, Drew Doughty needs no introduction as he continues to be one of, if not the best, all around defenseman on the planet. Regardless of what you think about +/- as a stat, Doughty’s ridiculous +7 this week is astounding and his lines of 27, 27, 23, and 27 for minutes in four games this week paints a clear picture of why the Kings have been so successful. — MC

Goalie of the Week

Oscar Dansk: There have been three different starting goaltenders for the Vegas Golden Knights through 9 games in their inaugural season. Dansk is the most recent to not only start, but have tremendous success. After coming in and making 11 saves in a win over the Blues on October 11th, Dansk made the first two starts of his career this week. The results? 2 wins, 2 goals against, a shutout, and a .968 SV%. Okay. We get it. You’re good. — DW

Sergei Bobrovsky: Two starts this week for Bobrovsky and two wins. Impressive one goal performances against a struggling Sabres team and high powered Jets team made for a very successful week for the Russian and the Blue Jackets. A well kept secret this year? His line of 6 wins in 8 starts, .938 Sv% and 1.86 GAA. Start penciling him in for another Vezina nomination. — MC

Rookie of the Week

Clayton Keller: It goes against everything I stand for to give any award to a player on a team that has zero wins through their first 11 games of the season. With that being said, there is no denying how great Clayton Keller has been playing. With two goals and two assists this week, Keller finds himself at the top of the rookie leaderboard as the first month of the season winds to a close. Not only is Keller leading all rookies in scoring, he also finds himself tied for 18th amongst all NHL players. Not bad, rook. Your team still sucks though. hah. — DW

Adrian Kempe: No need to get creative here. Kempe had a huge week and has started moving into the conversation for the Calder. — MC

Surprise of the Week

Mike using his first star as his ROTW. What a square. — DW

(But Actually): The Winnipeg Jets are out here impressing the hell out of me (and probably most people). After Steve Mason got pummeled to start the season, Connor Hellebuyck came in and began to shut the door on opponents. In six starts, Hellebuyck is now 5–0–1 with a 2.03 GAA and a .937 save percentage. There is a lot of talent up in Winnipeg with Blake Wheeler currently pacing the team at 12 points. With a current seat in second place in the Central with a game in hand on the teams chasing them, the Jets have to be feeling pretty good. — DW

The Toronto media has drowned the NHL and hockey on Twitter in Austin Matthews and Leafs love here in the early going (and for good reason) but this week brought things back to earth a bit. An impressive 3–2 victory over a great Kings team was followed up by losses at home to Carolina and Philly. No one is saying to panic or that this team isn’t one of the best in the East, but does serve as a reminder that the 7–4 NHL darlings are still a year or two away from making a run at the President’s Trophy. Relax and enjoy the show and the growth of this team, no need for sky high expectations just yet. — MC

National Game Picks

Philadelphia Flyers (Dave) @ Chicago Blackhawks (Mike) (11/1)

Nashville Predators (Mike) @ San Jose Sharks (Dave) (11/1)

Vegas Golden Knights (Mike) @ Boston Bruins (Dave) (11/2)

New Jersey Devils @ Edmonton Oilers (Dave, Mike) (11/3)

Montreal Canadiens @ Chicago Blackhawks (Dave, Mike) (11/5)

Our Records: Check out last weeks picks here

Dave: 10–4–1 WOOOO

Mike: 7–6–2 BOOOO

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