NHL 3 Stars of the Week - ending Feb 23/20 - Gear Review



The NHL's Three Stars of the week ending Feb 23, 2020, are Pavel Francouz of the Colorado Avalanche, Mika Zibanejad of the New York Rangers, and Andrew Mangiapane of the Calgary Flames.


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Francouz had a busy week, playing all four games and winning three of them including one shutout. He opened the week with the only loss, which was 4-3 in overtime against the red hot Tampa Bay Lightning. He turned things around when he faced the New York Islanders on Feb 19, stopping 27 shots for a 3-1 victory. He then posted his very first career shutout against the Anaheim Ducks before capping off the week with a 2-1 victory versus the Los Angeles Kings. He finished the week with a 1.46 GAA, .941 SV%. Pavel has stepped up since Phillip Grubauer was sidelined to an injury, and improved his record to 16-5-3 with a 2.27 GAA and .927 SV%.
  • Mask: Vaughn Carbon Elite Pro
  • Catcher: Vaughn Velocity V9 Pro
  • Blocker: Vaughn Velocity V9 Pro
  • Stick: Warrior Ritual V1 Pro
  • Leg Pads: Vaughn Velocity V9 Pro
  • Skates: True Custom
Pavel is rocking Vaughns 2020 Velocity V9 Pro gear, which is designed for the Hybrid style goaltender who relies on their flexibility and reflexes to make big saves.

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Zibanejad was this season's very first #1 NHL Star of the week (Oct 16) and has re-surfaced as this week's #2 Star of the Week. He tied the League lead with a total of 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) to help the Rangers seal three victories and gain six possible points in the standings. The Rangers are now only four points shy of the second Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. Mika exploded into the week by matching his career-high of 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the Ranger's victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. In his next game versus the Hurricanes, Mika posted 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and finished the week by scoring the game-tying goal, which eventually led to the Ranger's beating the San Jose Sharks on Feb 22. Zibanejad now has 60 points (28 goals, 32 assists) in 48 games played, which is an incredible 1.25 PPG average this season.
It looks like there have been some changes for Mika throughout this season. I asked back in October if we would see him make the switch from the Bauer 1X Lite Stick to the new Vapor Flylite. He went to a completely different direction and switched brands completely, now using CCM's Jetspeed FT2. He must enjoy the variable kick-point the Jetspeed stick is known for, being able to fire off quick releasing shots while being able to produce a heavy bomb with accuracy. He also switched from the Supreme 1S gloves to the new Supreme 2S Pro's, one of the most comfortable contouring gloves on the market.

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Mangiapane is the NHL's #3 Star of the Week by totaling 6 points (5 goals, 1 assist) in 3 games played and led all skaters with the most goals. He was a major part in helping the Flames maintain their first Wild Card position in the Western Conference by helping them win 2 out of 3 games. He opened the week with a 4 point night (3 goals, 1 assist), which was his career-high and his first career hat trick. This was done over the Anaheim Ducks before being held off the scoresheet versus their 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins. He finished the week with 2 goals, one which became the game-winner, against the Detroit Red Wings on Feb 23. He now sits at 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) in 61 games played.
Andrew rocks a ton of CCM including protective, skates, and stick. The Super Tacks AS2, in particular, is a very powerful mid-kick stick that even weighs an incredibly lightweight 410 grams. It will blast home a one-timer or slapshot without the blade twisting or opening up so you know you're going to have pinpoint accuracy along with blistering power.

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