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Abdelkader, Lindberg and Smith are NHL’s three stars of the week

Justin Abdelkader

Justin Abdelkader


Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader, Rangers center Oscar Lindberg and Coyotes goalie Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.


Abdelkader shared the League lead with four goals and tied for second in the NHL with five points as the Red Wings (2-0-0, 4 points) opened the season with a pair of victories.

Lindberg also tied for first in the NHL with four goals to lift the Rangers (3-0-0, 6 points) to a trio of wins. Playing in his second career game, Lindberg scored 1:43 after the opening face-off en route to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 7.

Smith went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .971 save percentage to backstop the Coyotes (2-0-0, 4 points) to their first 2-0-0 start since 2009-10.

Others that have started strong include Patrick Kane (3G, 3A in three games), Henrik Zetterberg, (1G, 4A), Nathan MacKinnon (1G, 4A in two games), Zach Parise (4G) Gabriel Landeskog (3G, 2A), and Francois Beauchemin (5A).

Pekka Rinne (1 goals on 57 shots) and Martin Jones (1 goal on 47 shots) join Smith among the goalies that have been excellent early.

Artemi Panarin (2G, 2A) and Dylan Larkin (2G, 1A) are, like Lindberg, rookies off to good starts.

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