NHL and NWHL Player of the Week announcements

The NHL announced the Three Stars of the Week for the week ending January 13th, 2019

 

 

The First Star of the week went to Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano.

 

Giordano had an eight point week (three goals and five assists) over a four game period.

Calgary would also have a perfect week for the now Western Conference leading Flames.  Giordano would have a three assist night (third on the season and fifth in his career) in the Flames 5-3 win over the Avalanche on January 9th.

In a contest that took place last night, Giordano would play in his 800th NHL career game, Giordano would score twice and have an assist and help the Flames rout the Arizona Coyotes 7-1.

Giordano has 47 points in 45 games played this season, had a rating of +7 on the week and has a rating of +36 on the season, the best for all players in the NHL.

 

 

The Second Star of the Week went to St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington.

 

Binnington in three games played this week stopped 74 of the 76 shots he faced and would finish the week with a perfect record of 3-0-0.

 

 

Binnington made his first NHL start last Monday (January 7th) earning recording a shutout in the Blues 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Binnington would record 25 saves in that contest and he became the 35th goaltender in NHL history to have a shutout in his first NHL start and the second to record a shutout in an NHL debut since Rich Parent on January 26th, 1999 when the Blues faced off against the San Jose Sharks.

 

 

In the next two contests, Binnington would only allow one goal each. The Blues would go on to defeat the Montreal Canadiens by the score of 4-1 on January 10th, recording 28 saves. In the next contest on January 12th, the Blues would defeat the Dallas Stars with a 3-1 win. Binnington in that contest would have 21 saves.

 

 

 

The Third Star of the Week would go to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel.

 

 

Jake Guentzel would have five goals in three games and help the Pittsburgh Penguins get two victories which included their 10th win in the past 12 for a record of (10-2-0).

 

Guentzel had one assist in the 5-1 the Penguins had over the Florida Panthers on January 8th.  He also recorded a hat trick in the Penguins 7-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks, which would also be the second on the season.  Guentzel would close out the week scoring both of the Penguins goals in the 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on January 12th.

 

Guentzel leads all scores on the Penguins with 23 goals in 45 games played. In the past six contests, he has seven goals and three assists.

 

 

NWHL

 

The NWHL announced today that Minnesota Whitecaps forward Amy Menke has been named the NWHL Player of the Week presented by VEDA.

Menke had two goals and three assists between the two contests for the Whitecaps over the weekend.  First in Minnesota’s 5-4 loss to the Boston Pride on Saturday night, Menke would have one goal and assisted on a goal scored by Kendall Coyne Schofield.  Menke in the Whitecaps 4-1 win over the Connecticut Whale yesterday had one goal and two assists in the first period. Menke’s second goal of the weekend would come in the second period.  Menke currently has seven points (4-3-7) in her first NWHL season.

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