Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Three Stars of the Week 1. Jeff Carter (Los Angeles Kings) via 25stanley.com The Kings are roaring back as the season is starting to hit full stride.  In the last ten days Carter has five goals in four games, including a hat trick on hat night – always a fun sight.  Two of his five goals came on the power play and two of his five were game-winners.  Carter is certainly coming through in the clutch.  The Kings are storming back with the help of Carter and are moving back into the playoff picture as the season approaches its midway point. 2. Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II Another early Cup favorite, the New York Rangers are finally playing like the team everyone throughout they would be entering 2013.  The Rangers do not win without the stellar play of Lundqvist night in and night out, and Hank won all three of his starts this past week.  In his three starts, Henrik allowed only five goals on 75 shots, good for a .938 save percentage and 1.62 goals against average.  The defending Vezina Trophy winner, Lundqvist is helping the Rangers, too, reenter the playoff picture. 3. Alexander Semin (Carolina Hurricanes) Photo Credit: Gerry Broome/Associated Press There may not be a more dangerous line in hockey than Semin, Eric Staal, and Jiri Tlusy.  Carolina’s top line has been absolutely lethal in the last week, and Semin has joined the scoring party quite significantly.  In four games played, Semin had two goals and seven assists to accompany his +8 rating! Plus 8! That’s incredible.  The free agent signing has put on a show, and expect more of the same for the Hurricanes. Eastern Conference Team of the Week Favorites to go far in the playoffs, the New York Rangers have gotten their game back.  The goals are coming from superstar Rick Nash, who has scored 7 on the year (all in the third period).  But the Rangers are also getting goals from skill players Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, among many others.  With both Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards in scoring slumps, the Rangers offense can only really improve.  Solid defense, scoring prowess, and stellar goaltending from Lundqvist have brought the Rangers to three straight wins against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Buffalo Sabres, and Philadelphia Flyers.  The team is creeping up in the standings and will catch the top eight in the conference soon.  Watch out, division leaders, the Rangers are coming. Western Conference Team of the Week I’m getting really tired of writing about the Chicago Blackhawks, but their streak is just flat out ridiculous.  Now winners of 11 straight, the Blackhawks swept through their five games in the last ten days.  They tossed the Oilers, Blue Jackets, and Wild at home, and went to St. Louis and Detroit and earned important wins.  Stephen A. Smith needs to look at this team again. The Miami Heat may have a long winning streak, but the game that the Blackhawks are playing right now is incredible.  And no, Stephen, there are no ties in hockey.  C’mon man. Three Games to Watch this Week (Eastern Times) Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers – Thursday March 7, 7:00 p.m. Montreal Canadiens @ Carolina Hurricanes – Thursday March 7, 7:00 p.m. St. Louis Blues @ Anaheim Ducks – Sunday March 10, 8:00 p.m. -Weingold
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bucs believed to be going for Marcus Mariota with No. 1 pick

Report: Wrigley Field renovation causing massive rat problem

Rex Ryan praises Patriots, calls Deflategate 'unfortunate'

Brady hopes Peyton Manning comes back next season

Report: Thibodeau’s relationship with Bulls 'beyond repair'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Joe Montana pins blame for Deflategate on Tom Brady

NFLPA boss: No Deflategate interviews until after SB

Blandino: Deflategate no sting; PSI in footballs not logged in

Aaron Hernandez’s DNA found on bullet casing, joint near body

Thomas upset he was tested for PEDs over health statement

Marshawn’s press conference to end all press conferences

WATCH: Katy Perry cracks Deflategate, Marshawn jokes

Devon and Leah Still write a book for kids fighting cancer

Five potential heroes of Super Bowl XLIX

WATCH: Timberwolves throw shade at Kevin Love in promo

Tom Izzo: 'The Twitter' may have affected team's confidence

Measles outbreak hits Arizona days before Super Bowl

Proposed pace-of-play rule changes, by the numbers

Super Bowl XLIX should smash TV viewership record yet again

NFL, officials, Carroll disagree on ineligible player rules

Seattle business rolling 12,000 joints for Super Bowl

How Yardbarker got Marshawn Lynch to open up back in 2008

Super Bowl records that won't fall anytime soon

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five potential Super Bowl XLIX heroes

Rex Ryan downplays Deflategate

Brady hopes Manning comes back

The worst Super Bowl commercials of all-time

SB anthem, halftime performers through the years

Super Bowl should smash TV records

Super Bowl records unlikely to fall

15 amazing Super Bowl XLIX stats

Teammate: Manziel not a joke

Ten most underrated SB performances

Knicks ‘in play’ for Kevin Durant?

Ex-QB: Everyone deflates footballs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.