The Minnesota Wild have been very familiar with the NHL’s recent selections for the stars of the week. Last week, Mikael Granlund was named the second star of the week after he earned 6 points in 3 games. Now, it is Jason Pominville’s turn.
Pominville was named the NHL’s first star of the week for his recent performances. He was able to earn 8 points in 4 games last week. His biggest performance came against the Winnipeg Jets last Tuesday, where he notched 2 goals and 2 assists in a 4-2 win. This was Pominville’s fourth career 4-point game. His last 4-point performance came back in 2011 when he was with the Buffalo Sabres. He now has 35 points on the season (10 goals, 25 assists). The 34-year-old does not seem so “washed-up” or “overrated” anymore. Last week, the Wild had 3 wins and 1 overtime loss. Pominville was a huge reason why they were able to earn 7 out of the 8 possible points. His game has been solid and he is on pace to finish the season in the 50-60 point range.
The Wild remain at the top of the Western Conference with 80 points (37-12-6). The Washington Capitals are the only team in the league with more points than them, with 84 (39-11-6). Minnesota remains hungry for goals and Devan Dubnyk has been solid between the pipes. They are getting scoring contributions from everybody, as they have 10 players with at least 10 goals, including Pominville. The Wild are looking like a team that can make it far this season.
Minnesota takes on the Anaheim Ducks (29-18-10) at home tonight at 7:00. Hopefully, Jason Pominville can continue his 5-game point streak.