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The rare greatness of the Sedins, Zuccarello, Burns, Draisaitl, Tarasenko, fantasy and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

The Sedins – Vancouver’s dynamic duo put on a show against Chicago Saturday night, with Daniel Sedin scoring three goals and an assist, and Henrik Sedin scoring a goal and adding four assists, in the Canucks’ 6-3 win. They each added a point (goal for Henrik, assist for Daniel) in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to New Jersey.

Daniel has 23 points in 22 games this season, while Henrik has 21 points in 22 games. It’s rare territory for a player 35-years-of-age or older to be putting up a point per game and, over the past four seasons, the Sedins are among the elite forwards when it comes to relative possession numbers.

 

RELATIVE POSSESSION LEADERS, FORWARDS, 2012-TO-PRESENT

 
PLAYER TEAM POS SAT% RelSAT%
Patrice Bergeron BOS C 59.3 9.0
Daniel Sedin VAN LW 56.3 7.6
Mikko Koivu MIN C 55.7 7.5
Jakub Voracek PHI RW 54.4 7.1
Joe Thornton SJ C 57.1 7.1
Henrik Sedin VAN C 56.0 6.8
Anze Kopitar LA C 60.2 6.2
Brad Marchand BOS LW 58.0 6.1
Brendan Gallagher MTL RW 54.0 5.9
Justin Williams WSH RW 59.7 5.8
 

Mats Zuccarello – The diminutive Rangers winger put up a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 5-4 OT win at Florida, giving him 15 points (6 G, 9 A) in the past 10 games. Zuccarello’s linemate, Rick Nash, broke through for three goals on 12 shot attempts (10 SOG) Saturday, and now has 10 points (4 G, 6 A) in the past eight games.

Brent Burns – The Sharks defenceman scored a pair of goals, with 11 shot attempts (7 SOG) in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Pittsburgh, then added a goal in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Columbus; he has 14 points (7 G, 7 A) in the past 14 games. 

Leon Draisaitl – The Oilers centre continued his remarkable run, with a goal and two assists in Friday’s 5-1 win over New Jersey. He has 10 points (4 G, 6 A) during a five-game point streak. Riding shotgun with Draisaitl (or is it vice versa?), LW Taylor Hall has been racking up points too, tallying 19 points (7 G, 12 A) in the past 13 games.

Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis’ sniper tallied a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss against Detroit; he has 12 points (7 G, 5 A) in the past nine games.

ZEROES

Andrei Markov – The veteran Canadiens defenceman had a pair of rough possession games (22 for, 40 against, 35.5 SAT%) and was on for four goals against in two wins over the Islanders.

Luke Glendening – Detroit’s checking centre was stuck in the defensive zone (1 for, 17 against, 9.1 SAT%) in Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Kings.

Nikolay Goldobin – The rookie Sharks winger started 100% of his shifts in the offensive zone during Sunday’s 5-3 win at Columbus, but was locked in his own end otherwise (5 for, 19 against, 20.8 SAT%).

Goaltenders:

Jaroslav Halak – Was pulled from the Islanders net after allowing three goals on 11 shots in Friday’s 5-3 loss to Montreal.

Jonathan Quick – The Kings goalie was yanked from Sunday’s loss at Carolina after allowing four goals on 21 shots.

Frederik Andersen – The Ducks goaltender gave up five goals on 24 shots in Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Tampa Bay. After a .932 save percentage in his first eight games of the year, Andersen has followed with an .894 save percentage in his next eight games.

Reto Berra – Colorado’s goaltender was on a roll early in the year, but he’s struggled lately, allowing 12 goals on 67 shots (.821 SV%) in his past three starts. He was pulled from Saturday’s 7-3 loss to Colorado after surrendering four goals on 11 shots. The good news for the Avalanche is that starter Semyon Varlamov has been activated from IR and Berra can return to the backup role.

VITAL SIGNS

Brendan Gallagher – The Habs’ crease-crashing winger suffered a couple of broken fingers in Sunday’s win over the Islanders, and he’ll be out indefinitely.

Ondrej Pavelec – The Jets goaltender was rocked by a collision with Coyotes RW Shane Doan, and suffered a lower-body injury. Michael Hutchinson gets first shot at starting with Pavelec out, but the Jets have also called up Connor Hellebucyk, their top goaltending prospect, from the AHL.

Mike Smith – Arizona’s goaltender is out with a lower-body injury, leaving Anders Lindback to handle the workload in the Coyotes’ net.

Hampus Lindholm – The Ducks blueliner, dealing with an upper-body injury, did not play in Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Tampa Bay.

Brad Richards – Returned to the Detroit lineup Friday, after missing nearly a month with a back injury, and picked up a couple of assists in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win at St. Louis.

Ben Hutton – Vancouver’s rookie defenceman is expected to be out for a couple of weeks with a lower-body injury.

Scott Laughton – The Flyers centre was injured in Saturday’s loss at Ottawa, suffering an upper-body injury on a hit by Senators RW Alex Chiasson.

Justin Braun – San Jose’s defensive blueliner played a career-high 28:02 at Pittsburgh Saturday.

Alex Pietrangelo – The Blues defenceman logged a career-high 32:54 in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Detroit.

Andre Burakovsky – Washington’s second-year winger was a healthy scratch for Saturday’s win over Colorado. He had one assist, and 16 shots on goal, in his previous 11 games.

Jason Demers – The Stars defenceman suffered a lower-body injury in Saturday’s 3-0 win vs. Buffalo.

Nathan Gerbe – Injured in Sunday’s win over Los Angeles, after taking a hit from Kings winger Kyle Clifford.

Andrew Bodnarchuk – The 27-year-old Blue Jackets defenceman made his first NHL appearance since 2009-2010, when he played five games for Boston. Columbus was missing defencemen Fedor Tyutin, with a broken nose, and Cody Goloubef, with a broken jaw.

Sven Andrighetto – Called up by the Canadiens, the 22-year-old winger played his first game of the season in Sunday’s win over the Islanders, putting up stellar possession stats (18 for, 4 against, 81.8 SAT%) while skating on a line with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk. Andrighetto had 15 points (6 G, 9 A) in 17 AHL games when he got called up.

FIRSTS

Andreas Martinsen – The big-bodied Avalanche winger from Norway, was signed as a free agent out of Germany, and scored his first NHL goal, in his sixth game, in Saturday’s 7-3 loss at Washington. He had two points (1 G, 1 A) in nine AHL games when he was called up.

Brett Pesce – Carolina’s rookie defenceman scored his first NHL goal, in his 13th game, and added an assist in Sunday’s 4-3 win vs. Los Angeles.

SHORT SHIFTS

Blues D Kevin Shattenkirk registered a couple of assists in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss against Detroit. He has seven points (2 G, 5 A) during a five-game point streak…Wild D Ryan Suter produced a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Nashville. He has 13 points (3 G, 10 A) in the past 11 games…Wild C Mikael Granlund notched a goal and an assist vs. Nashville, giving him six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past six games…Wild LW Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist against Nashville, and has six points (4 G, 2 A) in the past six games…Hurricanes D Justin Faulk scored a pair of goals in Sunday’s 4-3 win over Los Angeles. He has eight points (4 G, 4 A) in the past seven games…Islanders LW Brock Nelson a pair of goals in Friday’s 5-3 loss to Montreal; he has eight points (5 G, 3 A) during his past six games…Kings C Jeff Carter scored two goals in Friday’s 3-2 loss at Detroit, giving him nine points (5 G, 4 A) in the past eight games…Lightning C Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Anaheim; he has seven points (4 G, 3 A) in the past six games…Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov, skating on Stamkos’ wing, chipped in a goal and two assists against the Ducks…Red Wings RW Justin Abdelkader picked up a pair of assists in Friday’s 3-2 win vs. Los Angeles, and has four points (1 G, 3 A) in the past four games.

Senators RW Bobby Ryan had a pair of assists in a 4-0 win over Philadelphia Saturday, and has 10 points (3 G, 7 A) during an eight-game point streak…Senators LW Mike Hoffman is taking advantage of his opportunity to play on Ottawa’s top line, with Ryan and Kyle Turris. Hoffman had a goal and an assist Saturday, giving him seven points (2 G, 5 A) in the past six games…Panthers D Aaron Ekblad contributed a couple of assists in Saturday’s 5-4 overtime loss against the Rangers, and has six points (3 G, 3 A) in the past six games…Panthers LW Jussi Jokinen had a goal and an assist against the Rangers, giving him six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past six games…Capitals C Evgeny Kuznetsov put up a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 7-3 win vs. Colorado; he has six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past five games, and 21 points (7 G, 14 A) in 19 games for the season…Stars LW Jamie Benn had a pair of goals in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Buffalo. He has eight points (4 G, 4 A) during a five-game point streak. Stars C Tyler Seguin assisted on Benn’s goals, and has seven points (2 G, 5 A) during his own five-game point streak…Devils LW Michael Cammalleri had a goal and two assists in Sunday’s 3-2 win at Vancouver. He has 10 points (4 G, 6 A) in the past eight games…Sharks LW Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 5-3 win at Columbus, and has six points (3 G, 3 A) in the past five games.

Islanders D Travis Hamonic scored his first goal of the season and had 11 shot attempts (7 SOG) in Friday’s 5-3 loss to Montreal…Kings LW Marian Gaborik had a strong possession game (15 for, 2 against, 88.2 SAT%) in a 3-2 loss at Detroit Friday…In a 4-0 loss at Columbus Friday, Predators C Cody Hodgson generated a dozen shot attempts (5 SOG) and had monster possession stats (31 for, 3 against, 91.2 SAT%), then followed up with zero shot attempts in Saturday’s 4-0 loss at Minnesota…Despite starting 14% of his shifts in the offensive zone against Nashville, Wild C Mikko Koivu had good possession stats (14 for, 4 against ,77.8 SAT%)…Canadiens D Greg Pateryn had solid possession results (19 for, 4 against, 82.6 SAT%) in Sunday’s win over the Islanders.

Maple Leafs G James Reimer stopped 33 of 34 shots in Friday’s 2-1 shootout win at Carolina, then turned back 35 of 36 shots in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Boston. He has a .955 save percentage in his past eight games, and is up to .936 in 14 games this season…Red Wings G Petr Mrazek had 35 saves on 37 shots to backstop Detroit to Friday’s 3-2 win vs. Los Angeles, lifting his save percentage to .935 in a dozen games…Senators G Craig Anderson had a 36-save shutout against Philadelphia Saturday, his second straight shutout, lifting his save percentage to .921 in 15 games…Lightning G Ben Bishop had a 30-save shutout against Anaheim Saturday, and has a .942 save percentage in his past nine starts…Sharks G Martin Jones turned aside 38 of 39 shots at Pittsburgh Saturday; he has a .939 save percentage in his past seven starts…Devils G Cory Schneider stopped 36 of 38 shots in Sunday’s 3-2 win at Vancouver; he has a .928 save percentage in 16 games.
    
FANTASY FOCUS

A trio of players that have been producing, yet remainl available in more than half of TSN leagues:

Teddy Purcell – Skating with Hall and Draisaitl, the veteran winger has seven points (2 G, 5 A) in the past six games and played more than 20 minutes in two of his past three games. Owned: 16.1%

Anthony Duclair – The Coyotes rookie had one point in 10 games before his current four-game point streak, during which he’s tallied five points (1 G, 4 A). Owned: 28.6%

Karri Ramo – It’s fair to be skeptical about the Flames goaltender, who has a .901 save percentage on the season, but he’s at .921 in his past eight starts. Owned: 23.2%

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