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McDavid and Marchand go head-to-head; Maroon, Little, Tarasenko and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Connor McDavid – Edmonton’s superstar second-year centre accumulated three assists in a 7-4 win against Boston. He has 19 points (6 G, 13 A) in the past 15 games and is tied for the league scoring lead with 79 points.

Brad Marchand – McDavid is tied for that scoring lead with Marchand, the Bruins winger who had a goal and two assists in Boston’s loss at Edmonton. He has stormed up the goal and points leaderboards, putting up 48 points (27 G, 21 A) in the past 31 games.

 

SCORING LEADERS

 
PLAYER TEAM POS GP G A PTS
Brad Marchand Boston LW 71 37 42 79
Connor McDavid Edmonton C 70 24 55 79
Patrick Kane Chicago RW 70 31 46 77
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh C 63 35 39 74
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh C 62 33 39 72
Nicklas Backstrom Washington C 70 21 50 71
Mark Scheifele Winnipeg C 68 28 42 70
Brent Burns San Jose D 70 27 43 70
Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay RW 63 31 38 69
Tyler Seguin Dallas C 70 24 44 68
 

Patrick Maroon – Riding shotgun with McDavid has worked well for Maroon, who scored a pair of goals against Boston, his second straight two-point game. He has a career-high 24 goals and 36 points in 70 games.

Bryan Little – The Jets centre scored two goals in a 4-2 win at the Islanders, and has seven points (3 G, 4 A) in the past seven games.

Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis’ star sniper scored two goals, on 12 shot attempts (8 SOG), in a 4-1 win at San Jose, giving him seven points (6 G, 1 A) in the past six games.

ZEROES

Jake Gardiner – The Leafs had a comfortable 5-0 win at Tampa Bay, but Gardiner was stuck in his own end (4 for, 22 against, 15.4 CF%, 1-14 scoring chances).

Lee Stempniak – Carolina’s veteran winger had a tough game (5 for, 23 against, 17.9 CF%, 2-9 scoring chances) in a 3-1 win against Minnesota.

Ryan O’Reilly – Buffalo’s centre was on the ice for both goals against and had poor possession stats (11 for, 24 against, 31.4 CF%, 7-13 scoring chances) in a 2-0 defeat at Los Angeles.

Tuukka Rask – Boston’s goaltender was pulled after allowing five goals on 17 shots in a 7-4 loss at Edmonton. He has a .892 save percentage in his past 17 games.

Andrei Vasilevskiy – The Tampa Bay netminder surrendered four goals on 15 shots before getting pulled in a 5-0 loss to Toronto.

VITAL SIGNS

Steve Mason – The Flyers goaltender appeared to suffer a lower-body injury in a 6-2 loss at New Jersey.

Jamie Benn – Dallas’ captain suffered an upper-body injury (possibly poked in the eye) in a fight with Canucks D Nikita Tryamkin.

Ron Hainsey – Pittsburgh’s veteran defenceman suffered an upper-body injury and will be out week-to-week.

SHORT SHIFTS

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Winnipeg's Nikolaj Ehlers has 58 points in 71 games.

Maple Leafs D Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist in a 5-0 win at Tampa Bay, giving him four points (2 G, 2 A) in the past four games…Jets LW Nikolaj Ehlers had two assists in a 4-2 win at the Islanders, and has 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in the past nine games…Devils LW Taylor Hall and C Adam Henrique both had a pair of goals in a 6-2 win over Philadelphia. Hall has nine points 4 G, 5 A) in the past 11 games and Henrique had strong possession stats (16 for, 4 against, 80.0 CF%, 7-3 scoring chances) against Philadelphia, but had three points (1 G, 2 A) in the previous 14 games…Devils RW Kyle Palmieri added a goal and an assist, giving him 13 points (8 G, 5 A) in the past 11 games…Flyers D Michael Del Zotto had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 loss at New Jersey; he had three assists in his previous 25 games…Blue Jackets RW Josh Anderson contributed a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Florida, and has seven points (5 G, 2 A) in the past 11 games…Oilers RW Leon Draisaitl scored a goal and added two assists in a 7-4 win against Boston. He has 14 points (4 G, 10 A) in the past 14 games…Oilers D Darnell Nurse and RW Jordan Eberle both contributed two assists. Nurse had two points (2 G, 0 A) in his past 22 games and Eberle had eight points (3 G, 5 A) in the previous 20 games…Stars D John Klingberg had two assists in a 4-2 win at Vancouver, giving him 10 points (3 G, 7 A) in the past 10 games…Red Wings D Mike Green, LW Tomas Tatar and C Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 shootout win at Arizona. Green had two assists in his previous 13 games, Tatar has six points (3 G, 3 A) in the past six games and Zetterberg has 26 points (6 G, 20 A) in the past 22 games…Red Wings LW Andreas Athanasiou added two assists, and has four points (2 G, 2 A) in the past four games…Coyotes D Alex Goligoski had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss to Detroit. He has 10 points (3 G, 7 A) in the past 15 games…Kings RW Dustin Brown earned a couple of assists in a 2-0 win against Buffalo; he had two goals in his previous 13 games.

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Frederik Andersen has been strong down the stretch for Toronto.

Maple Leafs G Frederik Andersen recorded a 33-save shutout in a 5-0 win at Tampa Bay, giving him a .939 save percentage in the past nine starts…Kings G Jonathan Quick posted a 26-save shutout in a 2-0 win against Buffalo and has a .928 save percentage in eight starts…Hurricanes G Eddie Lack had 30 saves on 31 shots in a 3-1 win over Minnesota; he has a .932 save percentage in his past seven games…Blue Jackets G Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 of 34 shots in a 2-1 win against Florida, giving him a .952 save percentage in his past 10 starts…Blackhawks G Scott Darling turned away 33 of 34 shots in a 2-1 win at Ottawa, and has a .955 save percentage in his past nine games.
 
FIRSTS

John Hayden – The 2013 third-round pick made his NHL debut for the Blackhawks at Ottawa. He had 34 points (21 G, 13 A) in 33 games as a senior at Yale this season.

Much of the data included comes from corsica.hockeystats.hockeyanalysis.com www.hockey-reference, www.naturalstattrick.com and www.datarink.com

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