NHL Star Power Index: Auston Matthews continues to be a goal-scoring machine, Nicklas Backstrom hits milestone

Welcome to the NHL Star Power Index: A weekly gauge of the gamers who are managing significant buzz around the league. When a gamer is consisted of on this list it might not be a good idea — it implies that they are catching a big quantity of the hockey world’s attention.

These gamers remain in no specific order when it concerns the quantity of buzz that they’re producing. We’ll review the Star Power Index each week throughout the routine season.

When the Toronto Maple Leafs picked Auston Matthews with the leading choice in the 2016 NHL Draft, they hoped that the American-born center would become a super star goal-scoring danger. Now it’s quite clear that Matthews has actually provided on those hopes.

Entering Thursday, Matthews leads the NHL with 43 objectives and continues to show that he is among the most talented objective scorers throughout the league.

However, Matthews produced among the most eye-popping efficiency in Tuesday’s 6-4 win over the Seattle Kraken. The 24-year old tape-recorded a hat technique and did so while just putting 4 shots on objective.

Matthews’ very first objective of the night, which came just 3:18 into the video game, showed why he’s so harmful on the puck on his puck. With the Maple Leafs on the power-play, colleague William Nylander moved the puck over to Matthews in the face-off circle and Matthews uncorked a sniping shot that made its method past goaltender Philipp Grubauer to offer Toronto the early lead.

In the 3rd duration, Matthews made jaws drop as soon as again as he got in all alone and tucked the puck past Grubauer on a gorgeous deke. The Maple Leafs were simply hardly onside on the play and Matthews didn’t miss his chance versus Grubauer individually.

In 4 video games throughout the month of February, Matthews has actually put together an overwhelming 6 objectives and has actually had multi-goal video games in 2 of those contests. Matthews likewise tape-recorded 2 objectives in a 6-4 loss to the Vancouver Canucks this past Saturday.

This marks the 4th time in 6 seasons that Matthews has actually reached the 40-goal mark. In reality, Matthews is presently on speed for 65 objectives this season.

It’s been obvious that he is among the most deadly objective scorers that the sport needs to provide and it definitely will not be a surprise if the Maple Leafs star is leading the NHL in objectives when the routine season concludes.


The Washington Capitals have actually had history in their sights since late.

Alex Ovechkin is simply one objective far from passing Jaromir Jagr for the No. 3 area on the NHL’s all-time objectives list, however colleague Nicklas Backstrom wound up making some history in Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Backstrom tape-recorded his 1,000th profession point and ended up being the 2nd gamer in group history to reach that turning point.

Backstrom gotten in Wednesday’s contest with 998 profession points. The Capitals star center scored a very first duration objective then followed it up by helping on a T.J. Oshie objective in the 3rd duration to get his 1,000th profession point.

Backstrom has actually been among the more talented facilitators that the NHL has actually seen over the last few years. After all, the 34-year old is Washington’s all-times leader in helps and has actually tape-recorded 737 helps throughout his 15-year NHL profession. 

The Capitals star ranks in the leading 50 on the league’s all-time helps list and ended up being the very first member of the 2006 NHL Draft class that reached 1,000 profession points.

There’s extremely couple of gamers that put hands down the tap like Backstrom and when it’s all stated and done, he definitely will decrease as one of the very best to ever do it.


It’s been obvious that the New York Rangers have actually been among the most excellent groups throughout the NHL this season. One of the most significant factors for that success has actually been thanks to the offending expertise of winger Chris Kreider.

Kreider is coming off another strong week in which he scored 3 objectives and signed up a help in 3 video games. The Rangers forward produced a two-goal efficiency in a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets and scored his league-leading 19th power-play objective at the same time.

As ought to come as not a surprise, the Rangers rank 4th in the league on the power-play as they’re transforming 25.5 percent of their chances. What’s a lot more amazing is the reality that Kreider has actually scored 19 of the group’s 28 power-play objectives on the season.

On numerous events when the Rangers are on the man-advantage, Kreider makes his workplace around the crease and settled as soon as versus the Jets.

Late in the very first duration, New York currently had a 1-0 lead and had an opportunity to truly take control of the video game with a power-play chance. The Rangers were moving the puck around and Artemi Panarin was seeking to discover Ryan Strome in the slot. 

However, rather of the puck making its method to Strome, it got deflected and landed right in Kreider’s wheelhouse to the right of goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. Kreider definitely didn’t miss out on as he had the ability to tuck the puck past Hellebuyck to offer the Rangers a 2-0 lead.

Kreider’s power-play quality has actually truly been a substantial plume in the Rangers’ cap throughout the season. It’s going to continue to be a substantial property for the Rangers as they continue their postseason push.


Minnesota Wild winger Kirill Kaprizov has actually been among the hotter offending risks around the NHL throughout the month of March.

In 5 video games in March, Kaprizov has actually built up 4 objectives and 4 helps and has actually tape-recorded in a point in each of those contests. Kaprizov likewise has actually had a set of two-point efficiencies, consisting of a two-goal proving in a 6-3 to the Dallas Stars this past Sunday.

With the Wild routing 4-1 versus the Stars going into the 3rd duration, the 24-year old tried to bring Minnesota back into the video game. Kaprizov scored both of his objective in the duration within a two-minute stretch late in the frame.

Kaprizov’s very first objective was really a lesson of perseverance settling in the offending zone. The Wild had a two-on-one establishing with Kevin Fiala and Kaprizov and Fiala seen Kaprizov being wide-open towards the web. Kaprizov got the puck, waited patiently for goaltender Jake Oettinger to make a relocation, and ripped a shot past Oettinger to offer the Wild their very first objective considering that the opening duration.

Just 1:46 later on, Kaprizov was the recipient of a loose puck in the offending zone. Teammate Mats Zuccarello had the ability to confine the puck and right away observed an open Kaprizov throughout the ice as Oettinger ran out the position. As an outcome, Kaprizov had a wide-open web to contend and didn’t miss out on.

While Kaprizov’s efforts didn’t lead to the Wild finishing the return, his deadly shot was a force to be considered in this video game. Kaprizov has actually made extraordinary strides in his 2nd NHL season and currently has 71 indicate his credit. The Wild star is presently on speed to sign up 107 points and plainly has actually revealed that he is the future of the franchise in Minnesota.

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