RASK, SCHEIFELE AND RINNE NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEK
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 13.
FIRST STAR – TUUKKA RASK, G, BOSTON BRUINS
Rask went 4-0-0 with a 0.75 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and two shutouts to lead the Bruins (10-6-0, 20 points) to four wins in five games as well as second place in the Atlantic Division. He recorded a pair of clean sheets, with 32 saves in a 4-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 7 and 20 saves in a 2-0 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche Nov. 13, to move into third place on the franchise’s all-time shutouts list (33). Rask also posted 15 saves in a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Nov. 10 and 31 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes Nov. 12. The 29-year-old Savonlinna, Finland, native shares the League lead with 10 wins and three shutouts in 11 outings this season (10-1-0, 1.54 GAA, .945 SV%, 3 SO). He is the second goaltender in the Bruins’ 92-year history to win 10 of his first 11 appearances of a season, following Gerry Cheevers in 1976-77 (also 10-1-0).
SECOND STAR – MARK SCHEIFELE, C, WINNIPEG JETS
Scheifele shared second place in the NHL with 3-3—6 in four games to propel the Jets (8-7-2, 18 points) to seven out of a possible eight standings points as well as second place in the Central Division. He matched a career high with 2-2—4 in an 8-2 triumph over the Dallas Stars Nov. 8. Scheifele then collected one assist in a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes Nov. 10, one goal in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche Nov. 11 and the shootout winner in a 3-2 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings Nov. 13. The 23-year-old Kitchener, Ont., native is tied for the League lead with 20 points in 17 games this season, while his 10 goals share second place behind linemate Patrik Laine (11).
THIRD STAR – PEKKA RINNE, G, NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Rinne compiled a 3-0-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and one shutout to guide the Predators (6-5-3, 15 points) to three wins in three starts. He opened the week with a pair of 3-1 victories, registering 33 saves against the Ottawa Senators Nov. 8 and 23 saves versus the St. Louis Blues Nov. 10. Rinne then posted his 41st career shutout – and first of the season – with 27 stops in a 5-0 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 12. The 34-year-old Kempele, Finland, native owns a 5-4-3 record with a 2.13 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 12 appearances this season.
* Information provided via NHL Press Release