It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Ilya Kovalchuk was the winner thanks to his nine-point explosion (this time around the whole New Jersey Devils team only mustered up a total of two goals and four assists in their three games). This week, the Mike Woodson-led New York Knicks went 3-1, the New Jersey Nets 1-3, the New York Rangers 1-2, the New York Islanders 1-1-1 and the Devils 1-2. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Jeremy Lin: Linsanity may be dead, but his obituary as a productive point guard is premature. Mike D'Antoni's run-and-gun style may be a thing of the past, but Lin is still leading the offense. In Saturday's win over the Pacers, he scored 19 points, with six assists and seven rebounds. In the other three games he put up 13/5, 6/6 and 15/8 lines.
Tyson Chandler: The one constant for the Knicks all season has been Chandler, who plays defense, rebounds and blocks shots, no matter who his coach is or what style his team plays. On Saturday, he only scored eight points, but he hauled in nine rebounds and blocked three shots. The previous night, also against the Pacers, he scored 16 points, with seven boards and four blocks. He had nine points and seven rebounds and 13 points and 10 rebounds in the other two games.â†µ
Kris Humphries: The Net power forward put up some astounding numbers this week: A career-high 31 points with 18 rebounds in the loss to the Bucks, 16 points and 21 rebounds in the win over the Raptors and eight points and 16 rebounds in Saturday's loss (we'll forget the four-point, three-rebound game on Friday).â†µ
Marian Gaborik/Brad Richards/Carl Hagelin: For the first time ever we're just going to lump guys together. The Rangers' new No. 1 line scored all of the team's goals except for one this week. And each of the trio was identical in his production: Two goals and three assists. So how can we pick just one? And how can we differentiate between them?â†µ
Martin Brodeur: The Devils played three games this week and only scored two non-shootout goals, so their nominee will have to be their goalie. The future Hall of Famer shut out the Avalanche on Thursday (including overtime and the shootout), only let in two goals in the loss to the Flyers and, yes, he allowed five goals when his team fell to the Penguins, but if it weren't for Brodeur, the Devils would have lost 10-2 instead of 5-2.â†µ
Mark Streit: Not much is going the Islanders' way these days, but their captain had a pretty good week, with a goal, three assists and five blocked shots.