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LeClaire One Of The "Three Stars" for October

Unread postby buckeyehoppy » Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:47 pm

Zetterberg, Leclaire and Iginla named NHL 'Three Stars' for October
NHL.com

Nov 1, 2007, 12:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire and Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for October.

FIRST STAR -- HENRIK ZETTERBERG, LW, DETROIT RED WINGS Zetterberg video

Zetterberg tallied points in each of Detroit's 13 games and led the League in scoring with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) as the Red Wings (10-2-1, 21 points) finished the month atop the League's overall standings. He recorded seven multiple-point games, including three-point efforts against Chicago Oct. 6 and Los Angeles Oct. 14. With a point tonight at Calgary, Zetterberg would tie the Red Wings' longest season-opening point streak (14), set by Norm Ullman in 1960-61. Zetterberg has recorded points in 19 consecutive regular-season games dating to 2006-07; he last was held scoreless Feb. 8, 2007 at St. Louis.

Longest Season-Opening Point Streaks Since 1993-94:

Games Player Club Season
22 Dany Heatley Ottawa 2005-06
15 Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh 1999-00
13 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit 2007-08 (active)
13 Ron Francis Pittsburgh 1994-95

SECOND STAR -- PASCAL LECLAIRE, G, COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS Leclaire video

Leclaire posted a 6-2-0 record with a 1.25 goals-against average, .953 save percentage and four shutouts in eight games as Columbus posted the best start in franchise history (7-3-1). The Blue Jackets' first-round draft pick (eighth overall) in 2001, Leclaire allowed one goal or fewer in six of eight games, including shutouts against Anaheim Oct. 5, Phoenix Oct. 10, Buffalo Oct. 19 and St. Louis Oct. 25. Leclaire already is one shutout from tying the single-season franchise record, set by Marc Denis in 2002-03 and 2003-04.


THIRD STAR -- JAROME IGINLA, RW, CALGARY FLAMES Iginla video

Iginla ranked second among NHL scorers with 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 12 games as Calgary (6-3-3, 15 points) finished the month second in the Northwest Division. The Flames captain recorded six multiple-point games, including three-point efforts Oct. 16 in Colorado, Oct. 20 against Edmonton, Oct. 24 versus Minnesota and Oct. 30 against Nashville. Iginla recorded points in nine of 12 games and figured in 45% of the Flames' 42 goals.

Quite an honor for a star on the rise in the NHL. LeClaire was almost unconscious this first month of the season. If he can keep this up throughout the campaign, the Jackets may well have something more to look forward to come April aside from their first tee time.

And keep in mind...he only turns 25 next Wednesday.
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Unread postby Babrook » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:32 pm

Pascal is really impressive. He's gonna be huge one day.
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Unread postby buckeyehoppy » Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:46 pm

Babrook wrote:Pascal is really impressive. He's gonna be huge one day.


The nice thing with him is that he has Norrena backing him up, and he was the starter before LeClaire, more or less, usurped the starters job from him. I can't remember if there was an injury involved, but LeClaire has been a revelation since becoming starter.

I conked out early last night so I didn't get to see who played goal against Anaheim, but Pascal was nails against the Kings the night before. LA is the type of team that the Jackets need to gain a mastery of during the course of the season if they are to reach the playoffs.
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Unread postby skatingtripods » Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:05 pm

buckeyehoppy wrote:I conked out early last night so I didn't get to see who played goal against Anaheim, but Pascal was nails against the Kings the night before. LA is the type of team that the Jackets need to gain a mastery of during the course of the season if they are to reach the playoffs.


Norrena was damn good last night. Columbus did good to steal a point and Norrena was a big reason. It was a great game to watch. It's a shame that shootouts decide games like last night's, where they really deserved to settle it in OT.

Pascal's finally becoming the #1 pick that he was. He used to dominate games against the Barons. Then too, a goaltender is only as good as the team in front of him. The Jackets' D is really overachieving right now and guys like Hejda are playing a bit above their ability. That helps.
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Unread postby buckeyehoppy » Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:45 pm

Skating Tripods wrote:
buckeyehoppy wrote:I conked out early last night so I didn't get to see who played goal against Anaheim, but Pascal was nails against the Kings the night before. LA is the type of team that the Jackets need to gain a mastery of during the course of the season if they are to reach the playoffs.


Norrena was damn good last night. Columbus did good to steal a point and Norrena was a big reason. It was a great game to watch. It's a shame that shootouts decide games like last night's, where they really deserved to settle it in OT.

Pascal's finally becoming the #1 pick that he was. He used to dominate games against the Barons. Then too, a goaltender is only as good as the team in front of him. The Jackets' D is really overachieving right now and guys like Hejda are playing a bit above their ability. That helps.


Y'Know, maybe Hejda is starting to "get it". Maybe playing under Hitchcock has something to do with that. I'm sure that Hitch doesn't want to be sitting on the sidelines at the end of the season. Getting his blue line to do something more than be a screen when the puck trickles past the GK was going to be a project, but it was a necessary chore.

If the Jackets can keep getting good play from Hejda and Foote can stay healthy and they can get Klesla, Tollefsen and Russell to stay on an improvement track, then you'll see continued good play from LeClaire and Norrena. And the Jackets are going to need Norrena for 20 to 25 starts this season, more if anything happens to Pascal.

The attack seems to be improving, but they need to be able to convert on the PP much more than they have in the past. Nash needs to "get it" every bit as much as Hejda. He might be young, but #61 has been around long enough at this point that he should be able to carry the team and be a leader. If Crosby can do it (and he is), Nash should be able to do it as well.

Also, you mentioned that the game should have had the chance to be settled in OT. The NHL should consider having two five minute OTs, keeping the four-on-four format. If the teams can't settle it in two five minute OTs, then, by all means, go to SO. But the SO seems to carry a little too much weight, especially when it is only best of three.
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Unread postby skatingtripods » Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:58 pm

buckeyehoppy wrote:Also, you mentioned that the game should have had the chance to be settled in OT. The NHL should consider having two five minute OTs, keeping the four-on-four format. If the teams can't settle it in two five minute OTs, then, by all means, go to SO. But the SO seems to carry a little too much weight, especially when it is only best of three.


I know the argument that the season is so long and everything else, but a shootout isn't a fair gauge of a winner. I would like 3 pts. for a win, OT or regulation, 2 pts for a shootout win and 1 point for an OTL, SOL. It would weight the system to make teams go for the win in OT instead of play for a crapshoot shootout.
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