Auston Matthews doesn’t stop anymore

Kings who find color, Auston Matthews who chains the points and Sidney Crosby always more in the legend, return on what happened this week in NHL.

It slips for Los Angeles Kings

After the rain comes the good weather. Defeated five times in a row between late January and mid-February, the Kings ended this black streak by beating the Sharks at the end of last week. This week, Los Angeles continued to regain shape by picking up three new hits, bringing their streak to four straight. Tombeuse of the Wild on a dry score (4-0) thanks to twenty-eight saves of its goalkeeper at the beginning of the week, the Californian franchise then followed with two more narrow victories against the Coyotes. If Arizona first pushed the Kings to shootout (3-2 SOW), Los Angeles was much easier in the second meeting, killing the game in the third period. If the Kings are only fourth in the West Division, they may finally have found their rhythm.

2min for Anaheim Ducks

Fourth in the West Division last week, Anaheim fell back on its own this week, losing three times. Yet opposed to the Sharks and then to the Wild twice, two franchises then behind them in the standings, the Ducks have each time not made the weight. If the meeting against San Jose might have been able to switch in favor of Anaheim (2-2), Minnesota was on the other hand much more domineering in the double confrontation (1-3; 1-5). The Ducks are now last in their division and will have to quickly recover before attacking a fortnight with meetings against the Golden Knights, the Blues and the Avalanche.

Player of the week: Auston matthews

Who can stop Auston Matthews? In full swing since the start of the season, the center of the Maple Leafs does not stop scoring and producing points. Taking advantage of a triple confrontation with the Senators, the worst franchise in the North Division, the Toronto player had fun. Author of two goals and an assist in the surprise defeat of his team in the opening, he then did a lot of harm to Ottawa by scoring three goals and delivering two assists over the whole of the following two games (two wins). Again author of four points (two goals, two assists) against the Canadiens to conclude his week, Auston Matthews is certainly one of the players in form in NHL and currently leads the scorers standings.

Special mention to the inevitable Connor McDavid, including author of a five-point game (three goals, two assists) in the Oilers’ river victory against the Flames (7-1).

The stat of the week: 1000

1000 is now the number of games Sidney Crosby has played in the NHL. Twenty-fifth player in activity to cross this symbolic bar, he is however the first player in the history of the Penguins to have played so many meetings with the franchise. True idol in Pittsburgh and legend of the league, the veteran cured his thousandth appearance by delivering two assists in the victory of his people against the Islanders. The Penguins are currently fourth in the East Division with a 9-6-1 record and remain on two-game winning streak.

French Corner

As a reminder, here are the French who currently play in NHL:

  • Alexandre Texier (C, Columbus Blue Jackets)
  • Antoine Roussel (LW, Vancouver Canucks)
  • Pierre-Édouard Bellemare (C, Colorado Avalanche)

After a poor week in ice time, Alexandre Texier came closer to his standards this week. The Isérois has seen his frankness lose twice in three games and has not scored a single point.

Still no point for Antoine Roussel this week with the Canucks. In an AC franchise that has won and lost this week, the Northerner still had his game with the most time on the ice in the last game against Calgary with sixteen minutes and nineteen seconds skates on the feet.

Injured during two weeks knee, Pierre-Édouard Bellemare made his return to the ice this week. In a triple confrontation against the Golden Knights, his former franchise, the native of Blanc Mesnil saw his own win twice, including a success in Lake Tahoe last night. Despite an average time on ice of about eleven minutes, the French did not score a single point.

The landmark action


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Statistical leaders


  1. Connor McDavid (C, Edmonton Oilers) → 37 points
  2. Mitchell Marner (RW, Toronto Maple Leafs) → 30 points
  3. Leon Draisaitl (C, Edmonton Oilers) → 30 points
  4. Auston Matthews (C, Toronto Maple Leafs) → 29 points
  5. Patrick Kane (RW, Chicago Blackhawks) → 26 points
  1. Auston Matthews (C, Toronto Maple Leafs) → 18 goals
  2. Connor McDavid (C, Edmonton Oilers) → 12 goals
  3. Brock Boeser (RW, Vancouver Canucks) → 12 goals
  4. Tyler Toffoli (C, Montreal Canadiens) → 11 goals
  5. Leon Draisaitl (C, Edmonton Oilers) & Nikolaj Ehlers (LW, Winnipeg Jets) → 10 goals
  1. Connor McDavid (C, Edmonton Oilers) → 25 assists
  2. Mitchell Marner (RW, Toronto Maple Leafs) → 21 assists
  3. Leon Draisaitl (C, Edmonton Oilers) → 20 assists
  4. Patrick Kane (RW, Chicago Blackhawks) → 18 assists
  5. Quinn Hugues (D, Vancouver Canucks) → 18 assists


Goals Against Average (GAA)
  1. Petr Mrazek (G, Carolina Hurricanes) → 0.99 GAA
  2. Jaroslav Halak (G, Boston Bruins) → 1.66 GAA
  3. Philipp Grubauer (G, Colorado Avalanche) → 1.67 GAA
  4. Marc-Andre Fleury (G, Vegas Golden Knights) → 1.71 GAA
  5. Mike Smith (G, Edmonton Oilers) → 1.83 GAA
Save Percentage
  1. Petr Mrazek (G, Carolina Hurricanes) → .955%
  2. Mike Smith (G, Edmonton Oilers) → .940%
  3. Mackenzie Blackwood (G, New Jersey Devils) → .938%
  4. Philipp Grubauer (G, Colorado Avalanche) → .936%

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