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Buffalo’s big off-season acquisition is leading the way, Edmonton’s big scorers, Johnny Hockey, Skinner, Varlamov, fantasy and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Ryan O’Reilly – With the overtime winning goal and an assist in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Los Angeles, O’Reilly has 10 points (3 G, 7 A) during a seven-game point streak. He now has 27 points in 30 games and is at a career-high 0.90 points per game, despite a career-low on-ice shooting percentage (5.8%).

Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl – Edmonton’s dynamic duo continued their impressive run. With four assists in Friday’s 7-5 win over the Rangers, Draisaitl has eight points (1 G, 7 A) during a four-game point streak, and has 26 points in 20 games, which puts him fourth in the league in points per game.

 

POINTS-PER-GAME LEADERS

 
PLAYER TEAM POS GP G A PTS PPG
Patrick Kane CHI RW 31 19 27 46 1.48
Jamie Benn DAL LW 30 20 20 40 1.33
Tyler Seguin DAL C 30 15 25 40 1.33
Leon Draisaitl EDM C 20 9 17 26 1.30
Taylor Hall EDM LW 30 14 20 34 1.13
John Gaudreau CGY LW 29 12 19 31 1.07
Erik Karlsson OTT D 30 6 26 32 1.07
Daniel Sedin VAN LW 31 13 20 33 1.06
Mike Hoffman OTT LW 26 15 12 27 1.04
Patrice Bergeron BOS C 28 9 19 28 1.00
Mike Cammalleri NJ LW 30 11 19 30 1.00
John Klingberg DAL D 30 5 25 30 1.00
David Krejci BOS C 28 9 19 28 1.00
Evgeny Kuznetsov WSH C 28 9 19 28 1.00
 

Hall had two goals and two assists vs. the Rangers, giving him nine points (5 G, 4 A) during a four-game point streak. With 34 points in 30 games, he ranks fourth in the league in points.

Johnny Gaudreau – With two goals and an assist in Saturday’s 5-4 OT win against the Rangers, Johnny Hockey has 14 points (8 G, 6 A) in the past 10 games. 

Jeff Skinner – The Hurricanes winger tallied a hat trick in Friday’s 5-1 win at Anaheim, then added an assist in Saturday’s 5-4 overtime win at Arizona. He has six goals and an assist in the past five games, matching his point total for the first 25 games of the season.

Semyon Varlamov – The Avalanche goalie is coming on after a slow start. He stopped 34 of 36 shots in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Nashville then turned away 42 of 43 shots in Sunday’s 3-1 win at St. Louis. He has a .958 save percentage in the past five games

ZEROES

Ryan Carter – The Wild checking centre was buried in the defensive zone in Saturday’s 2-0 win at San Jose, on the ice for one shot attempt for and 20 against (4.8 SAT%).

Ryan McDonagh – The Rangers blueliner was on the wrong end of the possession game (11 for, 22 against, 33.3 SAT%) and was on the ice for five Oilers goals (and one Rangers goal) in Friday’s 7-5 loss.

Sean Couturier – The Flyers centre was eaten alive against Dallas Friday, on the ice for three shot attempts for and 21 against (12.5 SAT%) as well as two Stars goals in a 3-1 loss.

Antti Raanta – The Rangers backup has been excellent, but hit his first bump in the road, allowing five goals on 27 shots in Saturday’s overtime loss at Calgary. He still has a .922 save percentage in nine appearances this season.

John Gibson – It’s been a good run for the Ducks’ rookie goaltender, but he was pulled after allowing three goals on 17 shots in Friday’s 5-1 loss to Carolina. That lowered his save percentage to .934 in eight games since getting called up.

VITAL SIGNS

Tyler Johnson – His return to the Tampa Bay lineup was short-lived, as he aggravated his lower-body injury. Johnson, who has 11 points in 23 games this season, is out for the Lightning’s upcoming three-game road trip.

Ondrej Palat – In his second game back, after missing more than a month, the Lightning winger suffered another injury that knocked him out of the lineup. He has seven points in 18 games this year.

Oscar Klefbom – The Oilers blueliner suffered a broken finger against the Rangers Friday. Incidentally, he had recorded 10 shot attempts (7 SOG) and had killer possession stats (23 for, 4 against, 85.2 SAT%) in just 11:55 when he was hurt.

Logan Couture – The Sharks centre returned from a broken leg, only to require arterial surgery in his thigh, which will keep him out of the lineup beyond Christmas.

Ales Hemsky – Played 9:27 in Dallas’ 3-0 loss to St. Louis Saturday, and has played fewer than 12 minutes in seven of the past eight games. He’s gone 13 games without a point and has 18 shots on goal in that span. 

Jarome Iginla – The veteran Avalanche winger played just 11:18 in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Nashville. He has one goal and no assists in the past 12 games.

David Warsofsky – The smallish defenceman played a career-high 24:57 for Pittsburgh in Friday’s shootout loss to Los Angeles.

FIRSTS

Joseph Blandisi – Made his NHL debut for the Devils in a 3-2 overtime win against Detroit Friday and played with Jiri Tlusty and Kyle Palmieri. Signed as a free agent out of Barrie in the OHL, Blandisi had 16 points (7 G, 9 A) in 18 AHL games when he was called up.

Michael Mersch – The Kings winger, a fourth-round pick in 2011, made his NHL debut Friday at Pittsburgh and skated on a line with Nick Shore and Dustin Brown. He had 15 points (12 G, 3 A) in 19 AHL games when he was promoted.

Ryan Carpenter – A free agent signed out of Bowling Green in 2014, the 24-year-old played his first NHL game for San Jose in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Minnesota. He had 18 points (2 G, 16 A) in 20 AHL games before getting the call.

Brandon Mashinter – The Blackhawks grinder scored his first career goal, in his 36th career game, Sunday’s 4-0 win over Vancouver.

SHORT SHIFTS

Kings D Jake Muzzin had a goal and an assist in Friday’s 3-2 shootout win at Pittsburgh; he has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past five games…Coyotes RW Mikkel Boedker scored both Arizona goals in Friday’s 2-1 win over Minnesota, and has seven points (5 G, 2 A) in the past eight games…Rangers C Derick Brassard scored a pair of goals in Friday’s 7-5 loss at Edmonton, and added an assist in Saturday’s 5-4 OT loss at Calgary. He has eight points (5 G, 3 A) in the past seven games…Rangers LW Rick Nash had a goal and two assists at Edmonton; he has five points (1 G, 4 A) in the past five games…Oilers LW Lauri Korpikoski had a hat trick in Friday’s 7-5 win against the Rangers; he had two points (1 G, 1 A) in his previous 14 games…Oilers RW Teddy Purcell contributed a goal and two assists against the Rangers, giving him six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past three games.

Bruins C Patrice Bergeron had two assists in Saturday’s 3-1 win vs. Florida. He has 17 points (5 G, 12 A) in the past 16 games…Islanders RW Kyle Okposo put up two goals and an assist in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win at Columbus then added an assist in Sunday’s 4-0 win over New Jersey; he has seven points (3 G, 4 A) in the past seven games…Blues C David Backes had a Gordie Howe hat trick in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Dallas, his third straight game with a goal…Hurricanes D Justin Faulk recorded a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 5-4 win at Arizona, and has seven points (4 G, 3 A) in the past four games…Hurricanes RW Elias Lindholm put up three assists at Arizona, giving him six points (1 G, 5 A) in the past four games…Hurricanes C Victor Rask added a goal and an assist, and has seven points (1 G, 6 A) in the past four games…Coyotes RW Anthony Duclair had two goals and an assist in the loss to Carolina; he had no goals and one assist in the previous eight games…Rangers D Dan Boyle picked up a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 5-4 OT loss at Calgary. He has four points (2 G, 2 A) in the past three games, and has played more than 22 minutes in five of the past seven games…Flames D Kris Russell had a pair of assists against the Rangers Saturday, giving him five assists in the past six games…Wild LW Zach Parise had a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win at San Jose Saturday, and has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past four games…Blackhawks C Andrew Shaw had a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 4-0 win against Vancouver; he has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past four games. Along with linemates Dennis Rasmussen and Bryan Bickell, Shaw controlled 76.9% (20 for, 6 against) of even-strength shot attempts against the Canucks...Blue Jackets C Alexander Wennberg had a stellar possession game (14 for, 3 against, 82.4 SAT%) in Saturday’s 3-2 OT loss to the Islanders…Blues D Colton Parayko (29 for, 7 against, 80.6 SAT%) and Carl Gunnarsson (21 for, 5 against, 80.8 SAT%) had strong possession results in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Colorado.

Kings G Jonathan Quick stopped 40 of 42 shots in Friday’s 3-2 shootout win at Pittsburgh; he has a .939 save percentage in the past eight games…Blackhawks G Corey Crawford stopped all 25 shots he faced in Friday’s 2-0 victory vs. Winnipeg, then all 30 he faced in Sunday’s 4-0 win vs. Vancouver. He has a .950 save percentage in the past eight games…Flyers G Michal Neuvirth stopped 41 of 43 shots in Friday’s 3-1 loss at Dallas, and has a .939 save percentage in 15 games…Bruins G Tuukka Rask turned aside 26 of 27 shots in Saturday’s 3-1 win against Florida; he has a .957 save percentage in the past five games…Capitals G Braden Holtby stopped 35 of 36 shots in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Tampa Bay. Since giving up five goals on 22 shots to the Rangers on November 3, he has a .942 save percentage in 14 games…Wild G Darcy Kuemper stopped all 25 shots he faced in Saturday’s 2-0 win at San Jose. He has a .947 save percentage in the past four games, and is up to .920 in seven games this season…Islanders G Thomas Greiss turned back all 27 shots he faced in Sunday’s 4-0 win vs. New Jersey, giving him a .933 save percentage in 14 games.

FANTASY FOCUS

A few players with growing fantasy appeal:

Olli Maatta – The Penguins defenceman is playing more, including a season-high 25:02 in Friday’s shootout loss to the Kings, and has four points (2 G, 2 A) in five games since returning to the lineup. It will be interesting to see if that recent usage continues under the new coaching staff. Owned: 40.2%

Teuvo Teravainen – The second-year Blackhawks winger has four points (2 G, 2 A) in the past five games, and is getting more ice time (14:52 ATOI in December), skating with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. Owned: 24.1%

Andrej Nestrasil – After a slow start, with one point in 14 games to start the season, no one has come around on the Hurricanes winger, even though he has nine points (2 G, 7 A) in the past nine games and has played more than 14 minutes in four straight games. Owned: 0.0%

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

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