NHL Star Power Index: Mikko Rantanen can't be stopped, plus what's wrong with Jacob Markstrom?

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 an advantage — it indicates that they are catching a big quantity of the hockey world’s attention.

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

The Colorado Avalanche have actually been required to safeguard their Stanley Cup without captain Gabriel Landeskog, who is slated to be out up until a minimum of January due to knee surgical treatment. Lucky for the Avalanche, the group has lots of star playmakers that they can rely on when they require offending production.

One of those has actually just recently been star winger Mikko Rantanen.

Over the previous week, Rantanen has actually been definitely on fire, as he’s acquired 4 objectives and 5 helps in simply his last 3 video games. The Finnish forward has actually signed up a minimum of 2 points in each of those 3 contests, consisting of a four-point efficiency (one objective & 3 helps) versus the Carolina Hurricanes this past Saturday.

In overall, Rantanen has actually signed up 7 objectives and 7 helps in 5 video games this month, consisting of 2 multi-goal video games. His current offending rise has raised him amongst the league’s leading point manufacturers. The 26-year old’s 25 points ranks 3rd in the NHL behind only Connor McDavid (32) and Leon Draisaitl (28). In addition, Rantanen’s 11 objectives are presently connected for 4th in the league.

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Nearly a complete fiscal year after being traded by the Buffalo Sabres, Jack Eichel exacted some vengeance versus his previous group. In last Thursday’s 7-4 win over the Sabres, the Vegas Golden Knights star signed up a 3 objectives and a help versus his old group. Eichel scored all 3 of his 3 objectives in the last duration.

The previous Sabres star even made certain to tease the crowd after he scored his very first objective after getting booed throughout pregame warmups and each time he touched the puck throughout the contest.

Eichel ended up being simply the 5th previous Sabres gamer to tape a hat technique versus Buffalo as he signed up with Tyler Ennis (Jan. 25, 2022), Ray Sheppard (Nov. 26, 1996), Pierre Turgeon (Jan. 6, 1996) and Tony McKegney (Feb. 24, 1987). This was simply Eichel’s 2nd video game versus his previous group because being traded to the Golden Knights last November.

Eichel’s victorious efficiency versus his previous group was simply the current in a strong stretch for him. Over the previous 4 video games, Eichel has actually signed up 5 objectives and a help, consisting of a minimum of one objective in 3 of those 4 contests. In addition, the 2015 No. 2 choice is delighting in a marvelous month in which he’s acquired 6 objectives and 4 helps.

Eichel has actually been a driving force for a Golden Knights group that presently has the very best record in the Western Conference.

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The New Jersey Devils have actually quickly been the most amazing story in the NHL this season. They are presently riding a 10-game winning streak, which is the third-longest in franchise history.

One of the most significant factors for the group’s success has actually been the play of captain Nico Hischier. 

Hischier might not have the most ostentatious numbers on the season (8 objectives & 9 helps), however he’s been extremely efficient since late. The 2017 No. 1 choice has actually tallied 3 objectives and 2 helps over his last 4 video games, consisting of a two-goal efficiency in a 4-3 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators last Thursday.

Hischier likewise tipped house the game-winning objective in the last minute of overtime off a point shot from defenseman Dougie Hamilton. The whole play was enabled after Hischier won the face-off versus Ottawa’s Tyler Motte.

The Devils center has actually been very reliable in the face-off circle throughout the very first 16 video games of the year, as he has actually won 190 face-offs (58.5 percent), which is the seventh-most in the NHL. Hischier handled injuries early on in his NHL profession and didn’t establish rather as rapidly as numerous anticipated him to. However, now the Devils top-line center is actually striking his stride and showcasing why he was a leading choice.

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It’s been a rough current stretch for the Calgary Flames with the group losing 7 of their last 9 video games. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom has actually likewise been at the leading edge of those battles.

Markstrom, who was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s finest goalie last season, has actually assembled a 3.06 goals-against-average and a .889 conserve portion up until now this season. Both of those rank beyond the leading 30 amongst NHL goaltenders. Most just recently, the Flames netminder gave up 5 objectives in a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. In that contest, he just stopped 24 of the 29 shots that he dealt with.

The 32-year old has actually enabled 2 objectives or less in just 4 of his 12 starts on the year so far. It’s a far cry from a goalie that assembled a 37-15-0 record, 2.22 goals-against-average, and .922 save portion throughout the 2021-22 project. For a goalie with the pedigree of Markstrom, it’s most likely that this will not continue throughout the whole season, however it’s definitely worrying so far.



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