This week in the NHL 48 total games were played among the 30 franchises and there were some stellar performances to say the least. For example, the St. Louis Blues exploding offensively for 17 total goals in just three games including a four goal night for David Backes against Arizona, Melker Karlsson scoring a goal in five consecutive games for the San Jose Sharks, or Pekka Rinne backstopping the Predators to three straight wins including stopping 36 of 37 in a victory over the Minnesota Wild.
With so many outstanding performances from around the league this week's team left me with some very tough choices and a lot of close calls, but without further ado here is the All-NHL Team of the Week.
*Keep in mind these selections were made only looking at games from January 4th-10th.
David Backes, St. Louis Blues:
The Blues had a week to remember racking 17 goals and three wins in three games played and David Backes played a huge role in their success. Backes totaled eight points and a +4 rating in that three game stretch scoring five goals and adding three assists. Backes started out the week by scoring four goals, two power-play goals, on six shots in a 6-0 win over the Coyotes, then he added a goal and an assist in a 7-2 win against the Sharks, and capped it off with a two assist night in a 5-4 shootout victory over the Hurricanes.
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets:
The Blue Jackets managed a 2-2 record in four games played this week and recently named All-Star Ryan Johansen helped provide the offense racking up six points with four goals and a pair of assists. Johansen started off the week by extending his goal-scoring streak to three games with a marker against the Avalanche in a 4-3 win. Then Johansen added a goal and an assist to lead the Jackets past Dallas in a 4-2 win. Even though Columbus would drop its next two games, Johansen's offensive production didn't suffer as he scored both goals for the Blue Jackets in a 5-2 to Toronto and added an assist in the 5-2 loss to the Islanders.
TJ Oshie, St. Louis Blues:
The second St. Louis forward to make the All-NHL team this week, Oshie was another pivotal factor in Blues offense exploding for 17 goals in just three games. Oshie recorded five points, one goal and four assists, to go along with a +1rating in the victories over Arizona, San Jose, and Carolina. Oshie added three assists versus the Coyotes, a goal and an assist against San Jose, and finished the week off by scoring the shootout winner against the Hurricanes.
Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers:
The rookie phenom defensemen just continues to rack up the accolades and impress whenever he steps on the ice. The Florida Panthers won two out of three games this week and Ekblad contributed two assists and +3 rating over the course of those three games while playing over 20 minutes in each. Ekblad leads all rookie defensemen in points (24), goals (5), assists (19), and +/- (+12).
TJ Brodie, Calgary Flames:
The Flames only managed to win one of the three games they played this week but Brodie was fantastic for them as he has been all season. In total for the week Brodie complied three points (2g-1a) and an even +/- rating. Brodie recorded an assist in a 3-2 loss to Detroit. Then the Flames defensemen scored two goals, one coming on the power play, in a 6-5 loss to the Panthers. Brodie wrapped up the week by posting an even +/- while playing just over 28 minutes in a 1-0 win over the Canucks.
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators:
Rinne has been among the elite goaltenders in the league all season and continued his fine form this week by backstopping the Predators to three straight wins. Rinne started the week off by stopping 23 of 25 shots in a 3-2 win over Carolina. Rinne then stopped 18 of 20 shots faced against Dallas to help his team secure a 3-2 win. However, Rinne saved his best for last making 36 saves on 37 shots faced in a 3-1 over the Minnesota Wild.
There you have this week's All-NHL team. Be sure to watch for top performances for the week of January 11th-18th and tweet at me or email with your suggestion on who should be included in the All-NHL team for that week.