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Stone sets the pace for the Sens; Ward, Markov and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Mark Stone – The Senators winger put up a goal and two assists in a 4-3 win at Montreal, giving him six points (3 G, 3 A) in the past six games; since the start of the 2014-2015 season, he ranks 29th in the league with 136 points. At the same time, his ice time is down notably (from 20:06 to 17:48) from last season.

Cam Ward – Carolina’s veteran netminder is on a roll. He had 25 saves on 26 shots in a 2-1 win at Toronto. In nine November starts, he has a .946 save percentage, giving him a .919 save percentage on the season. He has had one season (2010-2011) in which he’s posted a higher save percentage.

Andrei Markov – Montreal’s 37-year-old defenceman continued his stellar recent play, assisting on all three Canadiens goals in a 4-3 loss to Ottawa. He has 13 points (2 G, 11 A) in the past nine games. Frequently paired with Jeff Petry, Markov has strong relative possession numbers this season:

 

DEFENCE LEADERS, CF%Rel (MINIMUM 300 5-on-5 MINUTES)

PLAYER TEAM CF% CF%Rel
Jake Gardiner Toronto 54.6 +7.5
Josh Manson Anaheim 53.6 +7.2
Zach Werenski Columbus 52.9 +6.1
Jake McCabe Buffalo 51.3 +4.9
Jeff Petry Montreal 54.3 +4.6
Andrei Markov Montreal 54.3 +4.3
Jake Muzzin Los Angeles 56.8 +4.3
Brent Seabrook Chicago 54.9 +4.3
David Savard Columbus 50.9 +4.1
Alec Martinez Los Angeles 56.7 +3.7

ZEROES

Carey Price – Not all his fault, obviously, but Montreal’s superstar netminder allowed four goals on just 23 shots in a 4-3 loss to Ottawa. He’s been due for some regression, because his start to the season has been so outstanding, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that Price has allowed four goals on fewer than 25 shots twice in his past three starts. He still has a .943 save percentage through 13 games.

Austin Czarnik, Dominic Moore and Tim Schaller – Boston’s fourth line was buried (0 for, 9 against, 0-5 scoring chances, two goals against) in a 4-2 loss to St. Louis.

VITAL SIGNS

Zdeno Chara – Boston’s captain suffered a lower-body injury against St. Louis, and played just 9:04 in the Bruins’ 4-2 loss. The 39-year-old isn’t what he was at his peak, and his 22:41 ATOI is his lowest since 2001-2002, but he’s still a valuable part of Boston’s defence. 

Sean Couturier – Philadelphia’s top checking centre left the win against Florida with a lower-body injury, which resulted in Nick Cousins playing a season-high 14:48, moving up to take Couturier’s spot between Travis Konecny and Wayne Simmonds.  

Sami Vatanen – The Ducks defenceman left after playing just 5:20 against the Islanders, reportedly due to illness.

Nathan Beaulieu – Montreal’s 23-year-old defenceman took a puck in the throat against Ottawa and was taken to hospital for precautionary reasons then released.

Cal Clutterbuck – The Islanders winger suffered an upper-body injury after getting hit by Ducks defenceman Josh Manson

Michael Del Zotto – The latest Flyers defenceman to be a healthy scratch, Del Zotto had played a season-low 14:09 in the previous game. The numbers suggest he’s played pretty well since coming back from injury.

SHORT SHIFTS

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Alex Galchenyuk is now fifth in the league with 21 points.

Senators LW Mike Hoffman had a goal and two assists in a 4-3 win at Montreal. He had no points in his previous five games…Senators C Derick Brassard produced a goal and an assist at Montreal; he had one goal and one assist in the previous 11 games…D Erik Karlsson scored the winner and added an assist against Montreal; he has six points (1 G, 5 A) in the past six games…Canadiens C Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and an assist against Ottawa, giving him 16 points (7 G, 9 A) in the past 13 games…Canadiens D Shea Weber added a goal and an assist, with 11 shot attempts (5 SOG), and has six points (1 G, 5 A) in the past six games…Blues C Jori Lehtera scored a pair of goals in a 4-2 win at Boston; he had two points (1 G, 1 A) in his previous 10 games…Blues D Colton Parayko contributed a pair of assists at Boston, and has five assists in the past six games…Blues C Patrik Berglund also had a couple of assists, ending an 11-game point drought…Flyers RW Wayne Simmonds produced a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win at Florida, and has six points (4 G, 2 A) in the past six games…Islanders LW Josh Bailey scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 shootout win at Anaheim; he had one assist in his previous six games…Ducks D Cam Fowler had a goal and an assist against the Islanders, and has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past seven games…Canadiens forwards Philip Danault and Torrey Mitchell controlled play (14 for, 4 against, 77.8 CF%, 6-0 scoring chances) in a 4-3 loss to Ottawa.

Blues G Jake Allen stopped 39 of 41 shots in a 4-2 win at Boston, giving him a .932 save percentage in his past seven games…Maple Leafs G Frederik Andersen turned aside 27 of 29 shots in the 2-1 loss, and has a .941 save percentage in his past four starts…Flyers G Steve Mason stopped 38 of 39 shots in a 3-1 win at Florida; he does seem to be emerging from a slow start, posting a .933 save percentage in his past five games.

FIRSTS

Adam Pelech – The Islanders defencemen scored his first career goal, in his 15th career game, a 3-2 shootout win at Anaheim.

FANTASY FOCUS

The most recently productive players who are still owned in fewer than 50% of TSN leagues:

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Ryan Ellis has steadily improved and is playing a career-high 23:45 per game this season.

Ryan Ellis – The Nashville blueliner has six points (3 G, 3 A) in the past seven games. Owned: 47.9%

Erik Johnson – Colorado’s veteran defenceman also has six points (1 G, 5 A) in the past seven games. Owned: 39.5%

Teuvo Teravainen – Starting to bust out after a slow start to the season, the Carolina winger has seven points (3 G, 4 A) in the past six games. Owned: 17.5%

Sam Gagner – He’s a crucial part of the Columbus power play, and has 11 points (7 G, 4 A) in the past 11 games. Owned: 16.1%

 

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

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