Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 15.
FIRST STAR – MATT DUCHENE, C, COLORADO AVALANCHE
Duchene led the NHL with four goals and eight points – including three multi-point performances in as many outings – to help the Avalanche (7-9-1, 15 points) begin their season-long, seven-game road trip with a 3-0-0 record. He posted 2-1—3 in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 10. Duchene then recorded 1-1—2, including the game-winning goal midway through the third period, in a 3-2 comeback victory over the Boston Bruins Nov. 12. He finished the week with 1-2—3 in a 6-1 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 14. The 24-year-old Haliburton, Ont., native and No. 3 overall pick from the 2009 NHL Draft has 8-6—14 in 17 games this season, including 7-5—12 and a +6 rating in his past seven contests.
SECOND STAR – MATS ZUCCARELLO, RW, NEW YORK RANGERS
Zuccarello paced the NHL with five assists and ranked second with seven points in four outings to help the League-leading Rangers (14-2-2, 30 points) extend their winning streak to nine games and point streak to 13 contests (11-0-2). He registered one assist in a 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Nov. 10, followed by 1-2—3 in a 6-3 triumph over the St. Louis Blues Nov. 12. After scoring in the shootout in a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators Nov. 14, Zuccarello collected 1-2—3 – including the tiebreaking goal with 53.8 seconds remaining in regulation – in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Nov. 15. The 28-year-old Oslo, Norway, native leads the Rangers with 9-9—18 in 18 games this season, including 5-7—12 in his past eight outings.
THIRD STAR – JAMES REIMER, G, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Reimer went 3-0-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average and .952 save percentage to backstop the Maple Leafs (5-9-4, 14 points) to three wins in four games. He made 36 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Nov. 10. Reimer then denied 21 shots – as well as all five attempts he faced in the shootout – in a 2-1 triumph over the Nashville Predators Nov. 12. He capped the week with 43 saves in a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks Nov. 14. In doing so, Reimer improved to 14-2-2 in 18 career regular-season games when making 40 or more stops. The 27-year-old Morweena, Man., native owns a 5-2-3 record in 11 appearances this season (2.30 GAA, .925 SV%), including a 3-0-2 clip in his past five starts.