The All-NHL Team of the Week is back after a brief hiatus during All-Star weekend and with the All-Star Game in the rearview the sprint to the playoffs has officially begun. It's an exciting time in hockey as each and every game seems to mean just a little more as the playoff picture starts to get a little clearer. Without wasting another second, it's time to take a look at the players who made this week's All-NHL Team.
Cedric Paquette, Tampa Bay Lightning:
The Eastern Conference leading Lightning picked up two wins in three games this week and no Tampa Bay forward found the back of the net more than Cedric Paquette who was red-hot scoring five goals over that stretch. Paquette scored once in a 4-2 loss to Carolina and then took matters into his own hands in the next game against Detroit by recording a hat-trick that included the game-winning goal and a short-handed goal in a 5-1 win. Paquette then extended his goal-scoring streak to three straight games with a marker in a 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars:
The Stars captain contributed five points, three goals and two assists, in three games to help his team to a 2-1 record this week. Benn had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 loss to Montreal and then added two goals in a 6-3 over Ottawa. Dallas wrapped up the week with an important Central Division matchup against Winnipeg where Benn provided an assist to help propel his team to a crucial 5-2 victory. The Stars now sit just four points out of a playoff spot and seven points behind the Jets.
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks:
Kane continues to make his case for the Hart Trophy with another impressive week individually even though the results weren't as good for his team. The Hawks dropped two of three games this week but Kane did his part in contributing 3 goals and two assists over those three games. Kane added a goal and an assist in a 4-3 to the Kings and then recorded two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over the Western Conference powerhouse Ducks. Chicago would be shutout 2-0 in the second game of a back-to-back against San Jose but Kane's work speaks for itself this year. His 25 goals rank 5th in the league and his 56 points are second only to Jakup Voracek.
John Klingberg, Dallas Stars:
Klingberg began the week by playing 22:45 of TOI without recording a point against the Canadiens. The Swedish defender finished off the week by recording six points in his next two games. In the 6-3 win over the Senators, Klingberg added a goal and an assist. Then in the most important game of the week for Dallas, Klingberg broke out offensively with two goals and two assists against the rival Jets in a 5-2 win. In his first NHL season Klingberg has shown the ability to provide offense from the blue line with 24 points in 35 games.
Roman Josi, Nashville Predators:
When Ryan Suter left Nashville there was much concern over who would take his place on the Preds top defense pairing next to Shea Weber. Josi has taken that role and run with it. Nashville went 2-1-1 this week and Josi piled five points over those four games starting with a goal in a 4-3 win over Colorado. Then Josi added two assists in a heartbreaking 5-4 OT loss to St. Louis. After the Predators were shutout 3-0 by the Avalanche, Josi helped his team find their offense once again by contributing a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over the Penguins.
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens:
No goaltender had a better week than Price who backstopped his team to three wins this week and posted two shutouts in the process. Price started the week off by making 40 saves in a 3-2 win over Dallas. Then Price was unbeatable making 24 saves in a 1-0 win over the Rangers and 36 saves in a 1-0 victory over the Capitals. No further evidence of greatness needed.
As promised once again there is poll up for you think should be this week's extra-attacker, the player who most deserved the All-NHL honor but did not make the cut. So please cast a vote and feel free to leave a comment with what your All-NHL would look like for this past week. Until next time.