Eichel named as NHL's 'Third Star' of the week

The Sabres captain continued his point streak this past week with two goals and five assists in four games played

Brayton Wilson
December 09, 2019 - 12:20 pm
Jack Eichel

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The National Hockey League announced on Monday that Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel has been named as the NHL's "Third Star" of the week ending on Dec. 8.

Eichel had a productive week for the Sabres in four games played, scoring two goals and picking up five assists for seven points. He was also able to extend his career-long 13-game point streak on Sunday with an assist on Colin Miller's overtime goal against the Edmonton Oilers. The 23-year-old is only five games away from matching the Sabres' franchise record of 18 games set by Gilbert Perreault back in the 1971-72 season.

It is the fourth time in his career that Eichel has been honored as one of the NHL's "Three Stars" of the week. His last honor came last season for the week ending on Dec. 16, when he scored five goals and registered nine points in four games.

So far this season, Eichel is on pace for his best season yet in the NHL, scoring 18 goals and picking up 24 assists for 42 points in 31 games. He's currently seventh in the NHL in scoring, and is seven points behind Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl for the league lead in scoring.

Eichel is currently one of 10 players who are on pace to eclipse the 100-point mark this season, where's he's on pace for 48 goals and 63 assists for 111 points.

The performance from Eichel this season has helped Buffalo into a top-three spot in the Atlantic Division through the first 31 games of the 2019-20 season. The Sabres are currently 14-11-6 with 34 points, just one point back of the Florida Panthers for second in the division and 12 points back of the Boston Bruins for first place.

Buffalo was given the day off on Monday after returning from their three-game Western Canada road trip. The team will return to the ice for Tuesday's morning skate before its matchup with the St. Louis Blues at KeyBank Center.

Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. with the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show starting at 6:30 p.m. with Schopp and the Bulldog live at (716) Food and Sport. The game will be televised on NBCSN on Tuesday, so the only place to get live and local coverage is on the home of the Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.

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