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Dwayne Roloson named NHL’s number one star of the week

This week’s edition of the NHL three stars of the week features a pair of names we haven’t seen come through much and one name we’ve seen virtually every week.

Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson walked away with this week’s top honors after going 3-0-0 with a 0.98 goals against average and a .972 save percentage in helping the Isles to go 4-0-1 over their last five games and getting the team out of last place overall in the NHL. Roloson’s outstanding play comes at a time when the Isles were showing little to no hope of doing something positive and now suddenly find themselves out of the basement being supplanted there by the Devils.

Roloson, who is 41 years-old, has had his name thrown around in trade rumors to help out a contending team in need of solid goaltending thanks to his play has been one of the few steady players in Long Island this season. Even though his overall record this year looks crummy (5-12-1) his save percentage (.920) and goal against average (2.38) say he’s been the reason the Isles have had any success at all. If Roloson is a candidate to be moved, you could see him earning a lot of interest elsewhere.

Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg took home the week’s number two star of the week after stepping up his play in the absence of Pavel Datsyuk. Zetterberg tallied three goals and four assists in helping the Red Wings win all three of their games in the past week. Zetterberg’s always consistent level of play will come under closer scrutiny now with Datsyuk out with a broken hand but for now, he’s the man leading the team in scoring with 13 goals and 27 assists over 35 games.

Unsurprisingly, Sidney Crosby earns the the league’s third star of the week. Crosby’s been a point producing machine all year in helping the Penguins to be one of the top teams in the league and over the past week he’s been no different. Sid the Kid had four goals and three assists in leading the Pens to a 3-1-0 record over the last week and extended his consecutive games with a point streak to 24 over that time. All Sid has done this year is lead the NHL in goals scored (30) and points (61) so far this year. Ho hum, another great season for one of the league’s top players.

Sabres recall Justin Bailey, son of former Bills linebacker

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 30:  Justin Bailey, drafted #52 overall by the Buffalo Sabres, looks on after he was drafted in the second round during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Justin Bailey from AHL Rochester.

It’s the first time Bailey, a second-round pick in 2013, has ever been called up to the NHL. The 20-year-old joins the big club after piling up 11 points (5G, 6A) in his last eight games for the Americans.

Most Sabres fans will know that Bailey is from Buffalo (technically, Williamsville), the son of former Bills linebacker Carlton Bailey. (To learn more, click on this Buffalo News story from July.)

The Sabres play Thursday in Philadelphia, where Bailey will reportedly make his NHL debut.

To make room for Bailey on Buffalo’s roster, Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) was placed on injured reserve.

Yeo was ‘disappointed’ to see Hoppy the rabbit holding a ‘YEO MUST GO’ sign

Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo argues a call in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Thing have gone from bad to weird in Minnesota, where embattled Wild coach Mike Yeo was “disappointed” to see Zenon Konopka’s rabbit holding a sign that read, “YEO MUST GO.”

Hey, we told you things had gotten weird.

Konopka, a former Wild player, took to Twitter last night after Minnesota’s latest loss.

Here’s what Konopka tweeted:

And what did Yeo think about that?

“I really don’t care what he says,” he told the Star Tribune, apparently adding with a laugh, “I will say I was very disappointed to see Hoppy holding that sign.”

Now, according to the newspaper’s Michael Russo, “Konopka and Yeo had a lot of issues behind the scenes and that’s why [Konopka] ended up on waivers two Januarys ago.”

Still, that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of Wild fans agree with Hoppy, er, Konopka, and it doesn’t change the fact that the Wild could really, really use a win tomorrow at home to Washington.

Video: Anisimov, Niskanen, McDavid star in Goals of the Week

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Nice work from Artem Anisimov and Matt Niskanen this week, but Connor McDavid‘s tally is on a different level.

You can pretty much bank on McDavid being in Goals of the Year, too. Just saying.

Oilers demote Nilsson, recall AHL standout Brossoit

Edmonton Oilers goalie Anders Nilsson, of Sweden, makes pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Laurent Brossoit is getting another crack at the NHL.

On Wednesday, the Oilers announced they demoted Anders Nilsson — who, earlier this year, was carrying the starting gig in Edmonton — and recalled Brossoit from AHL Bakersfield.

Brossoit, 22, is an interesting story. Taken in the sixth round of the 2011 draft (164th overall), he’s really made strides over the last year. He made his big-league debut at the end of last season and performed extremely well, making 49 saves on 51 shots in a loss to San Jose.

This year, Brossoit was named an AHL All-Star. He’s posted a 14-8-3 record for the Condors thus far, with a 2.70 GAA and .921 save percentage.

As for Nilsson, his demotion comes after losing the starting gig to Cam Talbot. Nilsson has also struggled to find the good form shown in November, when he made 10 starts and posted a .915 save percentage.

In his last outing, the lanky Swede allowed three goals on 10 shots in an embarrassing 8-1 loss to the Isles.