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The First Line Feb. 18-25

Another week, another bunch of great performances by players all around the league, but only three can make the first line. Here are three forwards that had goalies and defenders alike reaching to get the puck from the back of the net.

Left Wing: Vikor Arvidsson- Nashville Preditors

Narrowly beating out Alexander Ovechkin of the Capitals with his +/- rating of 3 (Ovechkin has a -1), Arvidsson is on his way to another career year.

After setting a high in goals (31) and assists (30), Arvidsson has not skipped a beat and is leading the defending Western Conference champions in goals (22). He also has not forgotten his teammates ranking fifth on the Preds with 20 helpers.

This past week was no different for the winger who picked up five points on four goals and one assists. Fresh of a 7 year, $29.75 million dollar extension signed in July of 2017, Arvidsson is certainly earning his money.

Center: Claude Giroux- Philadelphia Flyers

It hasn’t just been a great week for the Flyer captian, it has been a great year as he is 13 assists and 19 points away from matching career highs in those categories.

Giroux is also in the Hart Trophy conversation, as he is fourth in the league when it comes to assists (52) and points (74).

He, along with the rest of his Flyer teammates, have put together one of the most successful seasons in recent memory as Philly is six wins shy of surpassing their total from last year.

Over the past week, Giroux has really stepped up his play tallying eight points on three goals and five assists with a +/- of six.

Right Wing: Blake Wheeler- Winnipeg Jets

Since relocating from Atlanta, the Jets have had a tough go of things only making the playoffs once in the 2014-15 season where they were promptly swept by the Anaheim Ducks.

However, Wheeler and the rest of his Jets teammates are doing their best to change that trend this year. The right winger has set a new career high in assists (54) and is seven points away from setting a new high there as well.

He ranks sixth in the league with 72 points and is two assists away from leading the league in that category.

Like Giroux, Wheeler has placed himself into the Hart Trophy conversation and they were the only players to score eight points from week of Feb. 18 to Feb. 25.

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