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ROCKET SPORTS MEDIA — Hi there there, of us! Again with one other version of my three stars of the week column!

Gamers will earn factors every time they seem as a star on this column and on the finish of the 12 months, I’ll award my three stars of the season.

It was not an important week for the Canadiens, choosing up only one win, however there have been some first rate particular person performances to acknowledge, so listed here are my three stars of the week.

☆ THIRD STAR: Tyler Toffoli

My first star of final week stored on scoring objectives this week. He has scored in three consecutive video games and is now as much as 24 objectives on the season. The Canadiens have relied so closely on Toffoli to supply them constant goal-scoring and he has delivered time and time once more.

Within the first recreation in opposition to Calgary, he did not clear the puck, which resulted within the Flames first purpose of the sport, however he made amends for it, beating Jacob Markstrom with a superbly positioned shot. He simply finds methods to attain objectives. The difficulty is, he’s merely relied on an excessive amount of. The Canadiens want extra from others to assist out Toffoli.

It doesn’t assist that Brendan Gallagher is out of the lineup and the Canadiens are with out the companies of a pair different forwards in the meanwhile, however it is a staff that ought to have been capable of higher stand up to accidents and never go off the rails like in years previous. It’s simpler mentioned than achieved, however Toffoli has held up his finish of the cut price, he merely wants others to supply at the same stage.

Toffoli has achieved every part the Canadiens may have hoped for this season, so it nearly appears unfair to maintain asking him for extra, however it has been made abundantly clear that the Canadiens want him to maintain doing what he has been doing to offer them an opportunity to make the playoffs.

☆ SECOND STAR: Shea Weber

The Canadiens picked up one win this week, a lot of the positives out of this week are going to be taken from that recreation and what a win it was for the Canadiens. Positive, what adopted was a letdown, however that win got here in a recreation with playoff-like depth and who else to steer the Canadiens to that win than Shea Weber?

He was all around the Oilers high-powered forwards, notably Leon Draisaitl, making life depressing for them along with his punishing type of play. A lot of the dialog this season that has surrounded Weber has been speaking about him shedding a step or not being as efficient as he was once. Ask the Edmonton Oilers about Weber’s effectiveness, I’m positive they are going to let you know simply how efficient he’s.

In that recreation in opposition to the Oilers, Weber and his companion Ben Chiarot mixed for 13 hits, completely punishing the Oiler forwards. Coming at a time when Jeff Petry has been struggling, the soundness Weber offers in his personal zone can’t be neglected.

Weber continues to be that punishing defenceman he has all the time been. With all due respect to Chiarot, who I imagine does a positive job alongside Weber, the Canadiens want to higher complement Weber with puck-mover on his left and I actually imagine that can shortly change any notion that Weber is now not efficient.

☆ FIRST STAR: Josh Anderson

In the identical week that Max Domi was a wholesome scratch for the Blue Jackets, Josh Anderson did every part in his energy to attempt to will the Canadiens to some wins. With out the companies of Gallagher in years previous, the Canadiens have lacked in two classes up entrance: goal-scoring and that willingness to battle. Anderson stuffed each these packing containers this week.

Within the lone Canadiens win this week, Anderson picked up two objectives, bringing his whole to 17 on the season. That recreation in opposition to the Oilers was a must-win recreation to maintain some cushion between the Canadiens and the Flames forward of the essential three-game set between them. After shedding the primary two of that three recreation set, that win over the Oilers is much more necessary.

However as I mentioned, it goes past the goal-scoring with Anderson. He was held off the scoresheet within the first two video games in opposition to Calgary, however he by no means stopped attempting to pull his teammates into the struggle. Within the first recreation he was battling with Mark Giordano all night time lengthy, a lot in the identical means we noticed him get into heated battles with Jake Muzzin throughout video games in opposition to the Leafs.

In Anderson, the Canadiens traded for a man who not solely places the puck behind the web, however somebody who might be counted on to be a frontrunner and attempt to will his teammates ahead. As is the case with Toffoli, the Canadiens simply want extra guys like Anderson to step up when he doesn’t present them the manufacturing on the scoresheet.

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