Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele named NHL's 1st star of the week

Mark Scheifele's five-goal, eight-point week has earned him the NHL's first star of the week honours.

Centre notched 5 goals and 3 assists in 4 games

The Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele lines up for a faceoff against the Canucks in Vancouver on Nov. 19. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Mark Scheifele's five-goal, eight-point week has earned him the NHL's first star of the week honours.

The 25-year-old Winnipeg Jets centreman opened the week with a pair of goals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, then matched a career high with three assists and a plus-five rating in a win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele scores the winning goal against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on Sunday in New York. The Jets won 4-0. (Noah K. Murray/Associated Press)

Scheifele then scored a pair of goals, including the overtime winner, on Saturday in a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

On Sunday, he scored on the power play and added the shootout winner as the Jets came back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 over the New York Rangers.

Scheifele, who is currently riding a five-game point streak, is tied for 10th in the NHL in points (32), tied for ninth in goals (16), and his +11 rating leads the Jets and is tied for 20th best in the league.

This is the second time this season he has been named a star of the week — he earned second star honours on Oct. 29 — and the fifth time in his career.

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill is the second star of the week. He stopped 59 of the 60 shots he faced, compiling a 3-0-0 record with a 0.43 goals-against average, .983 save percentage and one shutout.

He also registered his first career shutout, making 29 saves in a 3-0 win against Nashville on Thursday.

Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau is the third star. He topped the NHL during the week with nine points (two goals, seven assists) in four games.

That performance helped push the Panthers to five out of eight possible points in the standings.


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