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NHL Three Stars: McDavid of the Oilers and Matthews of the Leafs Dominate, and the Stars Goalie Rebounds

Oettinger Jake and McDavid ConnorFor USA TODAY Sports, Jerome Miron For USA TODAY Sports, Jerome Miron
Once again, welcome back to The Hockey News’ NHL three stars of the week, a weekly online feature where we recognize three players who have had the most effect in the recent seven days.

These are our selections, which were made public by the NHL on Monday:

3. Toronto Maple Leafs / AUSTON MATTHEWS, C.
This week, Matthews sprang back into action after a brief dry spell—at least by his standards—scoring three goals and racking up 10 points in four games.

The 26-year-old center, who played 21:18 minutes on the ice last week, has developed into an all-around threat. It’s evident that Sheldon Keefe, the coach of the Maple Leafs, depends on Matthews in every circumstance. He has always performed well in our three-star series, and this week was no exception.

With 69 games played thus far this season, Matthews has 58 goals and 92 points. He is only two goals shy of his career-high sixty goals scored in 2021–2022. He will win the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer and set a new personal high in goals, barring some terrible news.

Mitch Marner, a top forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs, is out with an injury, so Matthews is expected to step up and provide goal support. He has once again performed above and above what is expected of him by regular NHL players.

Related: Auston Matthews Could Eventually Beat Both Gretzky and Alex Ovechkin as Ovechkin Aims for Gretzky

For Dallas this week, Oettinger went 3-0-0, and his individual stats, which included a 2.01 goals-against average and a.920 save percentage, were among the best for NHL goalies over the previous seven days. Though Alex Ovechkin made the NHL’s three stars list instead of him, his better numbers come at a crucial moment.

Oettinger’s season hasn’t been the best because, despite his excellent week, he has a 2.97 GAA and a.898 SP. Nevertheless, Dallas has succeeded despite those stats, and if the Stars improve by the time the Stanley Cup playoffs start, Dallas will pose a serious danger to advance far in the playoffs and perhaps win it all.

Although Oettinger’s numbers are the lowest of his four NHL seasons, it was inevitable that his play would vary at such a young age. If he can continue to play like he did this week, Stars management will be delighted with him. However, the team needs him to be at the top of the Central Division in order to have a chance of winning the division and making it to the Western Conference final.

In four games this week, McDavid led all NHL players in assists (10) and points (11). Despite the Oilers’ two-game losing streak during that time, McDavid is unquestionably a superb playmaker and play-finisher.

McDavid is on track to record a career-high 108 assists and 139 points in 80 games with 91 assists and 117 points in 67 games.

Regarding the 27-year-old center, what more is there to say? Although his goal totals have decreased, the explosive Oilers have more than enough goal scorers to win the game. Even if he doesn’t score more goals the remainder of the way this season, McDavid is still a terrific water carrier and needle mover. Over his career, he has made numerous appearances in our three stars feature, and that won’t be changing anytime soon.


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