Patrick Kane, Chicago
The Buffalo native should go by the name “First Star” after earning the NHL honor for the second straight month. He had a league-leading 16 assists and 23 points in December.
More than 8.2 million people in the United States and Canada watched the Winter Classic, shattering the event record of 6.6 million for the 2011 prime-time game.
Patrick Sharp, Chicago
The other Patrick on the Blackhawks has also taken a leading role, putting up 14 goals and 21 points in the last 13 games. He has two hat tricks during the hot streak.
The Sabres’ Week Ahead
Tuesday — Carolina Hurricanes: A change of scenery has done wonders for Nathan Gerbe and Andrej Sekera, who were third on the Canes in goals and points, respectively.
Thursday — Florida Panthers: George Richards of the Miami Herald is on the verge of adopting the Bills as his team after his hometown Browns infuriated him for the last time.
Next Sunday — At Washington: The brick-oven pizza and mini burgers at Matchbox, just steps from the Capitals’ arena, start a quality day in Chinatown.