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

Jack Eichel scored five goals and registered nine points in four games played

Brayton Wilson
December 17, 2018 - 12:20 pm

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For the third time in his career, Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel has been named as one of the National Hockey League's "Three Stars" of the week.

On Monday, the NHL announced Eichel as the league's "Third Star" of the week ending on December 16. In four games played, Eichel scored five goals and registered nine points to help the Sabres to a 3-0-1 record in that span.

The week started with Eichel picking up a goal and an assist in Buffalo's 4-3 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. Eichel followed that up with an assist on Thursday night in a 3-1 win at home over the Arizona Coyotes. Then on the road, Eichel picked up a pair of goals on Saturday night in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals. The 22-year-old finished the weekend by picking up a season-high four points (2+2) on Sunday in a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins.

Eichel is currently riding a six-game point streak that has him scoring nine goals and picking up four assists along the way. He has registered 45 points (14+31) in 34 games this season, which is currently good for seventh place in league scoring.

Eichel is on pace for a career-year this season in goals (34), assists (75) and points (109), while playing in every game for the Sabres to this point.

The last time Eichel was honored as one of the "Three Stars" of the week by the NHL was last season for the week ending on April 1. He was named as the league's "Third Star". Eichel was also named as the "Second Star" of the week last season for the week ending on January 28, 2018.

The Sabres have the day off from practice on Monday, but will return to the ice for the morning skate on Tuesday with the Florida Panthers in town for a 7 p.m. faceoff at KeyBank Center. On Monday, the team announced that they have assigned defenseman Matt Tennyson to the Rochester Americans. This could mean that one of Buffalo's injured defensemen are ready to return for Tuesday night's game.

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was named as the NHL's "First Star" of the week, while Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele was honored as the NHL's "Second Star" of the week.

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