Chicago Blackhawks goaltenderCorey Crawford, New York Islanders right wingJosh Baileyand San Jose Sharks goaltenderMartin Joneshave been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 5.
FIRST STAR – COREY CRAWFORD, G, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Crawford went 2-1-0 with a 0.68 goals-against average, .979 save percentage and two shutouts to lead the Blackhawks (7-6-2, 16 points) to a pair of wins. He opened the week with consecutive shutouts, making 35 saves in a 3-0 triumph against the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 1 and 24 stops in a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild Nov. 4. It marked the fifth time Crawford has registered consecutive shutouts in his NHL career (394 GP) and first such instance since Dec. 11-13, 2015. He then finished the week with 33 saves in a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 5. The 32-year-old Montreal native owns a 7-5-0 record in 13 appearances this season, pacing the NHL with a 1.77 goals-against average, .945 save percentage and two shutouts (tied).
SECOND STAR – JOSH BAILEY, RW, NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Bailey collected a League-leading seven assists in three games to guide the Islanders (8-5-1, 17 points) to a 2-1-0 week. He matched a career high with three helpers in a 6-3 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights Oct. 30. Bailey then posted two assists in each of his next two outings, a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals Nov. 2 and a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche Nov. 5. The 28-year-old Bowmanville, Ont., native has 2-14—16 during a career-high, nine-game point streak, the longest by any Islanders player since 2013-14 (Thomas Vanek: 5-10—15 in 10 GP). His 15 assists share second place in the NHL this season (3-15—18 in 14 GP).
THIRD STAR – MARTIN JONES, G, SAN JOSE SHARKS
Jones picked up three victories in three starts, compiling a 1.30 goals-against average and .938 save percentage to backstop the Sharks (8-5-0, 16 points) to a perfect week. He made 16 saves in a 3-2 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 30, 19 stops in a 4-1 victory against the Nashville Predators Nov. 1 and 25 saves in a 2-1 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 4. The 27-year-old North Vancouver, B.C., native is 7-3-0 in 10 appearances this season, ranking second in the NHL with a 1.98 goals-against average and fifth with a .930 save percentage.