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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 yr, I’ll award my three stars of the season.

Final week I stated it appeared just like the Canadiens have been discovering some consistency, however they adopted up a three-game profitable streak with a three-game shedding streak, so they’re proper again to being a tough workforce to know what you’ll get when the puck drops. Nonetheless, listed below are my three stars of the week.

☆ THIRD STAR: Tyler Toffoli

Tyler Toffoli is on a six-game level streak and has continued to be a shiny spot even because the Canadiens have dropped three consecutive video games. I strive to not focus solely on factors for this column, however when a workforce will not be profitable video games, it’s more durable to give attention to guys who usually are not producing factors.

What else is there to say about Tyler Toffoli? He got here to Montreal as a free agent signing, on what’s seeking to be an absolute steal of a contract and has simply tallied up the factors. He’s tied for fifth within the NHL in objective scoring with 28 objectives on the season, and he has 44 factors in 51 video games to guide the Canadiens in factors.

The Canadiens have gotten great, dependable manufacturing out of Toffoli, he’s utilized in all conditions and most of the time he offers the Canadiens steadiness. After all, generally he’ll make an error, however general Toffoli has been a dependable contributor for the Canadiens everywhere in the ice.

Two video games stay for the Habs and Toffoli, it will likely be fascinating to see if he can attain the 30-goal plateau, which he has performed as soon as in his profession in 2015-16 for the Kings, however that was in a full 82-game season. If Toffoli have been to do it in 53 video games, that may be exceptional.

☆ SECOND STAR: Jeff Petry

It has been a while since I had Jeff Petry seem as considered one of my three stars. For some time there, the play within the Canadiens zone and notably of the defenceman was simply not ok to warrant consideration and the play of Petry was a reasonably large a part of that.

After a extremely nice begin to the season, Jeff Petry’s play fell off a cliff. The offensive output dried up a bit of bit, he was separated from Joel Edmundson, with whom he had developed some good chemistry and in consequence he was wanting nothing just like the defenceman who many have been together with in Norris trophy conversations earlier this season.

However he has discovered his type once more and it has come at an opportune time. He has ten factors in his final eight video games and has been logging some massive minutes within the absence of Shea Weber. He assisted on all three objectives within the Canadiens extra time win over the Leafs earlier within the week and arrange Cole Caufield for each his extra time winners.

The Canadiens will want Petry to search out some consistency as they head towards the playoffs, they can’t afford for Petry to have a repeat of the center of the season. When Weber returns, Petry won’t be tasked with as many demanding minutes as he has been getting of late, so the Canadiens will want the offensive output and relative steadiness in his personal finish to remain.

☆ FIRST STAR: Nick Suzuki

Why not run it again with one other first star for Nick Suzuki? I typically wish to go along with a special first star every week, however the Canadiens efficiency this week, notably the final three video games, merely was not ok and no person stepped as much as take it from him so right here is Suzuki as soon as once more.

Clearly, a lot of what I stated final week nonetheless applies right here, however to replace, he now has 12 factors in his final 9 video games. He, like Petry, assisted on all three objectives within the Canadiens win over the Leafs earlier within the week and picked up one of many Canadiens objectives in Saturday evening’s loss to those self same Leafs.

That Saturday evening loss it was straightforward to note Suzuki on the ice for good cause, he appeared to have very nice soar in that recreation, he was utilizing change of tempo to beat defenders, wanting actually shifty and exhausting to comprise for the Leafs.

One other factor I’ve been maintaining monitor of for Suzuki is his work within the faceoff circle. Within the Canadiens 5-1 loss to the Senators, not a lot went proper apart from a Joel Edmundson objective that was made potential by a received faceoff by Suzuki. That got here in an in any other case tough evening of faceoffs for Suzuki, however his efficiency since that recreation has been higher.

Because the Canadiens season is coming to a detailed, it will likely be fascinating to see if Suzuki can keep this degree of play for the Habs. They’ll definitely want extra of the sort of play out of the younger centerman.

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