Through November, Nashville Predators starting goaltender Pekka Rinne put up a .949 save percentage and a 9-1-2 record.
That was good enough to turn the team’s season around – which was good enough to earn him first star for the month.
The NHL released their top three stars for the month of November, which was headlined by the veteran Rinne. He was followed by Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid as the second star and Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov as the third star.
McDavid coming in as part of the top three is no surprise. He sits on 11 goals and 31 points through just 24 regular season games played, good for first in scoring for both the Edmonton Oilers and the NHL at large. He’s a full 14 points ahead of the next-highest scoring players on Edmonton, Milan Lucic, Jordan Eberle, and Leon Draisaitl – and with that, he’s earned the accolades for the month.
Finally, the top group is rounded out by Nikita Kucherov, one of the league’s final RFA signees of the year.
He, like McDavid, sits on 11 goals for the year so far – and he’s got 26 points to his name, as well. The 23-year-old Moscow native has been one of the most dynamic players on the Tampa Bay roster as they adapt to losing captain Steven Stamkos once again. He’s tied for second in scoring across the league, and also leads his team in scoring so far.