Still, many of the league's most exciting players are showcasing their talents overseas and around the globe. In today's impressive age of technology, hockey fans are never more than a few clicks away from quenching their thirst for the game.
Here, we highlight the top plays of the week from our locked-out NHL superstars.
A pair of NHL stars are excelling overseas with KHL club SKA St. Petersburg. The New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk and the St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko have been lighting up the scoreboard since signing with the Russian team, but this past week, they each earned a point on the same play.
Watch Kovalchuk unselfishly feed Tarasenko in front of the net for an easy goal. The score proved crucial in the end, as SKA would only beat Atlant by one.
Alex Ovechkin netted his sixth goal for KHL club Dynamo Moscow in brilliant fashion earlier this week, firing an unstoppable shot past the goalie on a power play.
NHL fans have become accustomed to watching Ovie work his power-play magic in DC, but not in Russia wearing No. 32. Regardless, Ovie has become a mainstay on our weekly top play countdown.
Henrik Zetterberg is a fan favorite in Detroit because of his unselfish play and ability to find teammates for easy goals. But this past week, Zetterberg made news and our list of top plays thanks to a three-goal effort against HC Ambri-Piotta.
The NHL veteran recorded an epic and rare hat trick to help EV Zug get the win. For that, he takes home No. 3 honors in our top plays of the week.
Boston Bruins youngster Tyler Seguin scored three goals in impressive fashion this week for Swiss National League club EHC Biel.
Seguin's outburst is hardly surprising considering he scored 29 goals last season in Beantown, tallying 67 total points in 81 regular season appearances.
The 20-year-old center is a Stanley Cup champion and officially one of the world's most lethal goal scorers.
San Jose Sharks star Logan Couture made his presence felt for Swiss club Geneva this week, scoring on a brilliant finesse shot as he skated in the opposite direction.
The 23-year-old center has netted 30-plus goals in each of his past two NHL seasons in San Jose. But it's not always quantity, but quality that counts.
The combination of stick work and creativity it took to produce this goal lands Couture at No. 1 in our top plays this week.
A trio of EV Zug stars are shredding the ice overseas in Switzerland's National League A. Edmonton Oilers winger Linus Omark has assisted 17 times already in 16 games, while teammates Damien Brunner and Raphael Diaz have been just as sensational.
In the KHL, Ilya Kovalchuk and Evgeni Malkin continue to dominate. Both have 22 points already and don't look to be slowing down anytime soon.
*Statistics include NHL players who are playing in the KHL or Switzerland's National League A.
Top Five Points Leaders
|Player||Points||Current Club||NHL Club|
|Damien Brunner||24||EV Zug||Detroit Red Wings|
|Linus Omark||23||EV Zug||Edmonton Oilers|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||22||SKA St. Petersburg||New Jersey Devils|
|Evgeni Malkin||22||Metallurg||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Pavel Datsyuk||16||CSKA Moscow||Detroit Red Wings|
Top Five Goal Leaders
|Player||Goals||Current Club||NHL Club|
|Damien Brunner||9||EV Zug||Detroit Red Wings|
|Rick Nash||9||HC Davos||New York Rangers|
|Vladimir Tarasenko||8||SKA St. Petersburg||St. Louis Blues|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||8||SKA St. Petersburg||New Jersey Devils|
|Tyler Seguin||8||EHC Biel||Boston Bruins|
Top Five Assist Leaders
|Player||Assists||Current Club||NHL Club|
|Linus Omark||17||EV Zug||Edmonton Oilers|
|Evgeni Malkin||15||Metallurg||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Damien Brunner||15||EV Zug||Detroit Red Wings|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||14||SKA St. Petersburg||New Jersey Devils|
|Raphael Diaz||12||EV Zug||Montreal Canadiens|
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