Three Stars of the Week
Lias Andersson registered a point in all three of the Wolf Pack's games during the week, tallying four points (two goals, two assists) in the three contests. The Rangers' first round pick (seventh overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft recorded a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" while celebrating his 20th birthday on Oct. 13 at Providence, as he registered one goal, one assist, and a fighting major.
By tallying a point in all three games during the week, Andersson extended his point streak to four games (two goals, four assists in the four contests), and he has registered a point in four of Hartford's first five games this season. Andersson ranks among the AHL leaders in several categories thus far in 2018-19: he is tied for eighth in points (six), is tied for 11th in assists (four), ranks 10th in penalty minutes (13), and he is also tied for the AHL lead in shorthanded goals (one). In addition, he leads the Wolf Pack in assists, points, penalty minutes, and shots on goal (12) this season.
K'Andre Miller registered two points (one goal, one assist), recorded seven shots on goal, and posted a plus-four rating in his first two career collegiate games with the University of Wisconsin during the week. The Rangers' first round pick (22nd overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft tallied his first career collegiate goal/point, which was also his first career collegiate game-winning goal, and posted a plus-three rating while making his collegiate debut in Wisconsin's 3-0 win against Boston College on Oct. 12. In addition, Miller notched his first career collegiate assist, tied for the team-high with five shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating on Oct. 13 vs. Boston College.
Miller is tied for first among NCAA freshmen defensemen in game-winning goals (one), is tied for second among NCAA freshmen defensemen in goals, and is tied for third among NCAA freshmen defensemen in points, shots on goal, and plus/minus rating this season.
Igor Shesterkin earned a win and a shutout in his only appearance of the week with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), as he stopped all 32 shots he faced in SKA's 2-0 win against Severstal on Oct. 12. The Rangers' fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft posted a shutout for the fourth time in his last five appearances, and he has only allowed one goal over the span; he has registered a 5-0-0 record, along with a 0.20 GAA, a .992 SV% (123 saves on 124 shots), and four shutouts in those five appearances.
Shesterkin has posted a 7-0-0 record, along with a 0.71 GAA, a .972 SV% (173 saves on 178 shots), and four shutouts in seven KHL appearances in 2018-19. He leads the KHL in GAA and SV%, and he is tied for first in the KHL in shutouts thus far this season. In 74 KHL regular season appearances since the start of the 2016-17 season, Shesterkin has posted a 62-6-3 record, along with a 1.57 GAA, a .939 SV%, and 19 shutouts. In addition, Shesterkin has earned 20 shutouts in 93 career appearances (regular season and playoffs combined) with SKA St. Petersburg; he recorded his 20th career shutout with SKA St. Petersburg faster (in fewer games) than any other goaltender in KHL history; the previous record was held by Ilya Sorokin, who earned his 20th shutout with CSKA in his 106th career appearance with the team.