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Johnny is better than good, Burns shoots like no other defenceman; Pavelski, Brassard, Allen and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Johnny Gaudreau - The Flames' diminutive dynamo had a hat trick, with 11 shot attempts (6 SOG), in a 4-1 win against Winnipeg, and has 16 points (10 G, 6 A) in the past 10 games. He now ranks seventh in the league with 37 points in 34 games.

Brent Burns - San Jose's playmaking blueliner had two goals and an assist in a 5-3 win at Los Angeles. He has eight points (4 G, 4 A) in the past four games, and remains the far-and-away leader among defencemen for shot generation. Among defencemen with more than 300 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time, Burns has 37% more shot attempts than the second-ranked defenceman.

 

TOP DEFENCE SHOOTERS (minimum 300 5-on-5 MINUTES)

PLAYER

TEAM

SHOTS/60

SHOT ATTEMPTS/60

Brent Burns

SJ

8.76

19.32

Jeff Petry

MTL

6.07

14.08

Seth Jones

NSH

6.54

13.68

Kevin Shattenkirk

STL

6.14

13.46

Torey Krug

BOS

6.49

13.19

Victor Hedman

TB

4.95

12.80

Trevor Daley

PIT

5.77

12.77

Christian Ehrhoff

LA

5.98

12.76

Dustin Byfuglien

WPG

7.18

12.70

Colton Parayko

STL

6.17

12.68

 

Joe Pavelski - Burns' teammate also had two goals and an assist at L.A., giving him 10 points (5 G, 5 A) in the past five games.

Derick Brassard - The Rangers centre put up two goals and an assist in a 3-2 overtime win against the Ducks. In the past dozen games, Brassard has tallied 13 points (7 G, 6 A) and 28 points in 36 games this season is his best per-game rate (0.78 ppg) since 2008-2009, when he had 25 points in 31 games.

Jake Allen - Stopped all 32 shots he faced in a 2-0 Blues win at Boston, for a league-leading fifth shutout. Allen has a .928 save percentage in 27 games in his first season as the Blues' starter.

ZEROES

Duncan Keith, Trevor van Riemsdyk - The Blackhawks defence pairing was on for three even-strength goals against in a 4-0 loss at Dallas.

Brad Boyes, Shawn Matthias - Despite having solid possession stats, the veteran Maple Leafs forwards were benched after being on the ice for two Coyotes goals, including the game-winner in a 3-2 loss.

Jimmy Howard - Detroit's goaltender was yanked after giving up three goals on six shots in 14:17 against New Jersey.

VITAL SIGNS

Tom Gilbert - There's another injury on the Canadiens defence, as Gilbert left Tuesday's loss to Minnesota with a lower-body injury.

Curtis Lazar - The second-year Senators winger suffered a lower-body injury at Florida, leaving the game after playing just 4:04.

Jordan Caron - Made his St. Louis Blues debut, playing 9:22 at Boston. He had 14 points (9 G, 5 A) in 25 AHL games before getting called up.

FIRSTS

Ryan Dzingel - A seventh-round pick of the Senators in 2011 who played at Ohio State, the 23-year-old forward made his NHL debut, playing 5:25, in a 2-1 shootout loss at Florida. Dzingel had 22 points (7 G, 15 A) in 26 AHL games at the time of his call-up.

SHORT SHIFTS

Flames D T.J. Brodie contributed a couple of assists against Winnipeg, giving him 11 points (2 G, 9 A) in the past 11 games…Calgary captain Mark Giordano also had a pair of assists; he has nine points (2 G, 7 A) in the past nine games…Stars RW Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, and has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past three games…Rangers RW Mats Zuccarello notched the overtime winner and had an assist in a 3-2 win vs. Anaheim, giving him eight points (4 G, 4 A) in the past seven games…Devils LW Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an assist, despite getting dominated possession-wise (2 for, 16 against, 11.1 SAT%) in a 4-3 win at Detroit, and has nine points (5 G, 4 A) in the past 10 games…Lightning RW Jon Marchessault scored Tampa Bay's lone goal and played a career-high 19:03 in a 2-1 loss to Vancouver, extending his point streak (3 G, 2 A) to five games…Coyotes RW Shane Doan had two goals and an assist in a 3-2 win over Toronto; he has six points (4 G, 2 A) in the past six games…Sharks C Joe Thornton had a goal and two assists at Los Angeles, and has seven points (2 G, 5 A) during a five-game point streak.

The Red Wings line of Brad Richards, Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm had a dominant game (14 shot attempts for, 1 against, 93.3 SAT%) in a 4-3 loss to New Jersey…Lightning C Steven Stamkos was held off the scoresheet, but had 15 shot attempts vs. Vancouver; he has 37 shot attempts (and three goals) in the past three games…Lightning LW Alex Killorn had a strong possession game (16 for, 4 against, 80.0 SAT%) against the Canucks…

Bruins G Tuukka Rask stopped 27 of 29 shots in a 2-0 loss to St. Louis; he has a .957 save percentage in his past eight starts…Canucks G Jacob Markstrom turned aside 26 of 27 shots in a 2-1 win at Tampa Bay, lifting his save percentage to .917 in nine games…Senators G Craig Anderson stopped 39 of 40 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss at Florida, and has a .926 save percentage in his past eight starts…Stars G Antti Niemi had a 20-save shutout against Chicago, giving him a .932 save percentage in eight games this month…Coyotes rookie G Louis Domingue turned aside 37 of 39 shots in a 3-2 win vs. Toronto. He has a .946 save percentage in three games since getting called up from the AHL.

Much of the data included comes from www.war-on-ice.com, stats.hockeyanalysis.com www.hockey-reference and www.naturalstattrick.com

Scott Cullen can be reached at scott.cullen@bellmedia.ca