Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky and Florida’s Aaron Ekblad have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Dec. 7, the league announced on Monday.
Datsyuk shared the League lead with seven points (3-4—7) in four games, including three multi-point performances, to help the Red Wings (17-6-5, 39 points) pick up a trio of victories and tie the Lightning (18-7-3, 39 points) for the most points in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
Bobrovsky posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.62 goals-against average and .956 save percentage to backstop the Blue Jackets (9-15-2, 20 points) to their first three-game winning streak of the season.
Ekblad led all defensemen and tied for fourth in the NHL with six points (2-4—6) in four games to lead the Panthers (11-7-7, 29 points) to five out of a possible eight standings points.
Datsyuk’s accomplishments are remarkable considering he’s missed a bunch of time this year — 11 games, to be exact — with a nagging groin injury. He currently sits third in the NHL in points per game (1.29), trailing only Sidney Crosby and Tyler Seguin; should it hold, that 1.29 PPG rate would be the highest of Datsyuk’s 13-year NHL career.