When you get your first suspension in your rookie year...
We'll see you soon, Tkachuk! The Flames will surely miss you for those two games!
Welcome back to our wonderful rookies! It's time to see how everyone is doing this week!
Warning: Multipoints and goal leaders ahead!
It's been a very helpful week for Nylander as he has had an assist in each three games. He remains second in assists with 33 and has 51 points this year, fourth place in the team. All three rookies have a combined total of 162 points so far.
Even though the team won only one game (5-0 vs. Tampa Bay), they still remain in the last spot in the Eastern Wild Card with New York Islanders right behind them. Nylander's final assist this week created a much needed goal from this player....
He didn't hit 'em with the four, but he sure hit the Blackhawks last night with his 32nd goal of the season. He now sits at 9th place in the NHL and is the only player with that number goals (for now!). This goal was long awaited from Matthews, who has been scoreless the entire month of March. He still is second in both points and goals for rookies (56 P, 32 G). Hopefully Matthews has come alive for the team and can help for their big playoff push in these upcoming games.
Speaking of Matthews being second in goals and points, Laine avoided being tied for the goals lead and scored his 33rd goal vs. Nashville. Winnipeg is behind Los Angeles for Nashville's last spot in the playoffs and has ways to go and some miracles if they want to be in the playoffs. It would be great to see Laine excite the fans for more games but it may not happen with the way that other teams are playing right now.
Point had a great week with a combined 5 points from 4 games, including 2 multipoint games! Point put Tampa on the board in the first and scored the game winner vs. New York Rangers. Point was given First Star of the Game for his great efforts. He then scored his third goal that week vs. Ottawa in Tampa's 2-1 win. Point is now at 12 goals this season and 17 assists from his two assists vs. Washington last night. Tampa Bay is still alive in the playoff race, being one point behind New York Islanders who are left out from the last spot held by Toronto.
New to the club is Kempe, who scored his first career NHL goal last Saturday vs. Washington and his second goal on Thursday vs. Buffalo. Kempe already had 4 assists prior to those goals and has played 14 games thus far. Los Angeles is in a mad playoff push right now and is six points behind Nashville for the final spot in the West. Los Angeles brought Kempe in for the purpose of sparking the stagnant offense that is trying to remain in contention for a playoff run.
Another 5 point week for a rookie! The difference with this one is that he did it in THREE games! Werenski tied the game in Columbus' 5-3 win over Philadelphia and assisted the secons goal of the game. He was named First Star of the Game because he was +3, had 0 penalty minutes, and led the defense with 4 shots on goal. Werenski was named Third Star of the Game in the next game where Columbus beat Florida, 2-1. Werenski had the game-tying goal, his 11th of the season, and once again led the defense with 3 shots on goal. Werenski kept the streaks alive (winning and points) and had two assists in Columbus' thrilling OT victory over the New York Islanders. One of his assists includes the game winning goal in OT; he is second on the team with 35 assists.
Hope you like the Coyotes rookies because three of them are coming your way! Starting with...
One shot was all the Coyotes needed to win against Colorado on Monday and Perlini provided that shot. Perlini scored his 13th goal of the season and was named Second Star of the Game after winning the game in the second period. Perlini also scored and saved the game in the beginning of the 11 round shootout against Los Angeles; their win would have not been possible without his goal.
Perlini had scored in two games prior to this one and had an average of .302 goals per game, fourth best among rookies.
Crouse scored his 5th goal of the season against Detroit on Thursday. This goal was special because it was short-handed, tied the game and he became the Third Star of the Game even though the Coyotes lost in a shootout (can't win them all!). This was his first short-handed goal of his career and hopefully not his last because those goals are special!
Not only did Crouse have a good game vs. Detroit, but Chychrun did fantastic too! He scored his 7th goal this season and sent the game in OT and a shootout (Detroit probably did not like that). He also played well on defense with 3 hits and 2 blocks and on offense with 3 shots on goal.
Arizona will likely be in the Draft Lottery again but this is a team of the future. Just you wait...
See you soon!
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!