THIRD STAR – ANDREJ SEKERA, D, CAROLINA HURRICANES
Sekera posted 1-5—6 and a +8 rating to power the Hurricanes (23-19-9, 55 points) to three consecutive victories, moving them within one point of the No. 3 spot in the Metropolitan Division. He opened the week by earning the primary assist on Jiri Tlusty's tiebreaking goal in a 3-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers Jan. 22. Sekera then posted a career-high three points (1-2—3), including his first game-winning goal since March 6, 2009, in a 5-3 victory over his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, Jan. 23. He capped the week with his sixth two-assist performance of the season in a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators Jan. 25. The 27-year-old Bojnice, Slovakia, native has played in 49 games this season, leading all Hurricanes blueliners in goals (8), assists (22) and points (30)
Jamie McBain and a 2nd rounder for Andrej Sekera was highway robbery (to put in in respectful terms). Sekera currently has 8 goals, 22 assists, 30 points, and a +6 rating in 49 games this season. Sekera has already surpassed his season high for goals and points in a season and is only 5 assists away from surpassing his season high in assists as well. Not to mention the fact that Sekera was named to Team Slovakia for the Sochi Olympics and will be paired on the first line with his good friend and roommate Zdeno Chara.