NHL Star Power Index: Steven Stamkos tops 100 points for first time, Roman Josi accomplishes rare feat

Welcome to the last NHL Star Power Index of the season: This is a weekly gauge of the gamers who are managing considerable buzz around the league. When a gamer is consisted of on this list it might not be an advantage — it implies that they are recording 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.

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos rounded off the 2021-22 season by achieving a very first in his 14 NHL seasons. Stamkos taped 100 points in a season for the very first time in his whole profession. In Tuesday’s 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Lightning star reached the turning point with his 2nd objective of the contest.

The 32-year-old center’s previous profession high was 98 points when he scored 45 objectives and dispensed 53 helps throughout the 2018-19 season. Stamkos now has 101 points (39 objectives and 62 helps) with the 2021-22 season in the books.

Prior to the 2021-22 project, it was a forgettable number of seasons for Stamkos. During the 2019-20 season, Stamkos needed to have core muscle surgical treatment in March, however did go back to score one objective in the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals. In addition, Stamkos was restricted to simply 38 video games last season and signed up the second-lowest point overall of his profession (34).

Stamkos had among the most outstanding bounce-back seasons that we have actually seen in rather a long time. The Lightning star’s 101 points benefit seventh in the NHL this season.

It’s been a genuine feel-good story to see Stamkos go back to the elite status that he’s delighted in throughout his whole NHL profession. With the playoffs set to get in progress next week, the Lightning definitely might be a dark horse to make a run at their 3rd successive Stanley Cup.

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For much of the season, it’s been a two-horse race for the Norris Trophy, which honors the NHL’s leading defenseman. Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar have actually definitely shown to be the cream crop.

With the drape ready to close on the 2021-22 routine season, it’s emerged that the award is Josi’s to lose. Earlier today, Josi ended up being the very first NHL defenseman to sign up 90 points in a single season because Ray Bourque achieved the accomplishment as a member of the Boston Bruins throughout the 1993-94 project.

To took into viewpoint simply how unique Josi’s season has actually been, there have actually been just 25 other defensemen that have actually reached the 90-point mark throughout NHL history.

The Predators have actually been lucky enough to have a number of prominent blue-liners throughout the franchise’s history. Everyone from P.K. Subban to Shea Weber to Kimmo Timonen have actually produced strong offending projects, however absolutely nothing in the stratosphere of what Josi has actually achieved this season.

Josi’s 93 points are the most in a single season in Predators history. In reality, the 31 years of age has the leading 3 point seasons for a defenseman in franchise history.

The Predators defenseman has actually truly been outstanding in the helps department all year. In reality, Josi’s 71 helps are fifth-most in the NHL this season and the just other defenseman even near to Josi is New York Rangers star Adam Fox with 62 helps.

Considering the historical season that he has actually created, it would be a big surprise to see anybody however Josi take house the Norris Trophy this season.

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The Dallas Stars had actually been fighting for the last Wild Card area in the Western Conference in current weeks. On Wednesday, the Stars lastly protected their postseason berth with a loss from the Vegas Golden Knights regardless of being beat by the Arizona Coyotes themselves.

The Stars’ postseason hopes were enabled thanks to some amazing goaltending from Jake Oettinger.

On Tuesday, all of the cards were on the table as the Stars hosted the Golden Knights in an extremely essential match. The Golden Knights would’ve kept their playoff hopes quite alive with a guideline win over the Stars. However, the Stars had the ability to come away with a 3-2 shootout win.

In that specific video game, Oettinger turned aside 33 shots, consisting of stopping all 7 of Vegas’ efforts in the shootout. One of Oettinger’s most mind-blowing conserves of the night was available in the last 3 minutes of the 3rd duration when he gloved a scorching one-timer from Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore out of the air.

Oettinger has actually had a strong project in his very first season as the Stars main netminder. In his last 5 video games, the Stars goaltender has actually permitted 2 or less objectives and taped a minimum of 30 conserves in 3 of those contests.

Dallas’ stretch run was an excellent test for Oettinger regarding how he would deal with the pressure of beginning must-win video games. Oettinger has actually plainly passed that test with flying colors and makes the Stars that a lot more of a powerful enemy come playoff time.

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It’s been obvious that the Florida Panthers have actually had a spectacular season. In reality, the Panthers can clinch the President’s Trophy (finest record in the NHL) with a win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. As the routine season concludes, trade due date acquisition Claude Giroux is playing a few of his finest hockey of the season. 

Over his previous 3 video games, Giroux has actually signed up one objective and 5 helps while having 2 multi-point efficiencies throughout that stretch. In addition, Giroux has actually signed up a help in 7 of his last 8 video games. Sure, Giroux was a passionate objective scorer throughout his 15 seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, however his playmaking capability is simply as unsafe. When it pertains to Florida, this is a lineup that is filled with objective scorers and have 5 gamers that signed up a minimum of 80 points this season.

With that in mind, Giroux does not require to be relied on to discover the back of the internet at a constant rate thinking about that he’s on the leading line with Aleksander Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe, who have actually scored 61 combined objectives on the year.

If Giroux continues to stand out at being a facilitator on Florida’s leading line, raising the Stanley Cup might be well within the world of possibilities for the Panthers this season.



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