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A rising star on the blueline for St. Louis, Big Buff a force for the Jets, Wilson controlling play for the Predators, lineup news, stats and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Kevin Shattenkirk – The St. Louis blueliner had a goal and an assist in Friday’s 4-3 loss at Anaheim, then added a goal and three assists at San Jose Saturday giving him 17 points (5 G, 12 A) in his past 14 games. He’s tied Mark Giordano for the scoring lead among defencemen and is a puck possession driver for the Blues.

Here are the top 10 scoring defencemen in the league this far:

 

DEFENCE SCORING LEADERS

 
DEFENCEMAN TEAM GP G A PTS CORSI% RELATIVE CORSI%
Mark Giordano  Calgary 40  10 25 35 47.6% +3.8%
Kevin Shattenkirk  St. Louis  39  7 28 35 54.7%  +6.3% 
Brent Burns  San Jose  39  10 19 29 52.9%  +1.1%
John Carlson  Washington  38  4 24 28 51.2%  +0.1% 
P.K. Subban  Montreal  39  8 19 27 52.7% +5.5% 
Erik Karlsson  Ottawa  38  7 20 27 50.3%  +3.9% 
Sami Vatanen  Anaheim  41  9 17 26 50.0% -0.4% 
Shea Weber  Nashville  38  8 18 26 49.2%  -4.7% 
Duncan Keith  Chicago  38  6 20 26 58.4%  +6.2% 
Keith Yandle  Arizona  38  4 22 26 48.7% +0.1%
 

Dustin Byfuglien – The Jets winger-turned-defenceman was a force of nature in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Toronto and has tallied 11 points (4 G, 7 A) in 13 games since moving back to defence. It’s really remarkable how well the Jets have played since their defence was decimated by injuries. In the past month, they have the second-best score-adjusted Corsi (55.9%) and it’s been a team effort.

Colin Wilson – Turning into a puck possession beast, the Nashville left winger had a goal and an assist and was on the ice for three even-strength goals (with none against) in Saturday’s 7-6 overtime win at Los Angeles. After going scoreless Sunday, Wilson has nine points (5 G, 4 A) in the past seven games.

Not only is Wilson the league-leader in Corsi%, among players with at least 400 5-on-5 minutes this season, but using War on Ice’s scoring chance measures, he’s also top of the table in that measure.

 

SCORING CHANCE PERCENTAGE

PLAYER TEAM POS. SCORING CHANCE%
Colin Wilson  Nashville LW  64.1%
Patrice Bergeron  Boston  62.1% 
Riley Sheahan  Detroit  60.1%
James Neal  Nashville  RW  59.6% 
Brad Marchand  Boston  LW  59.0% 
Seth Jones  Nashville  58.7% 
Ondrej Palat  Tampa Bay  LW  58.6% 
Tomas Tatar  Detroit  LW  58.6% 
Nikita Kucherov  Tampa Bay  RW  58.4% 
Anton Stralman  Tampa Bay  58.4%

ZEROES

Markus Granlund – The Flames’ rookie centre was buried in the defensive zone in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Islanders, on the ice for two shot attempts for and 15 against (11.8%).

Olsen & O’Brien – Florida’s third defence pair of Dylan Olsen and Shane O’Brien was thumped against Washington Sunday, both on for four shot attempts for and 22 against (15.4%), with one goal for and three against, at even strength.

Saturday was not a day for goaltenders: 

Michal Neuvirth – The Buffalo goalie gave up four goals on nine shots against the Rangers before getting pulled.

Jonathan Quick – Allowed three goals on nine shots against Nashville before getting pulled.

Pekka Rinne – Managed to win despite surrendering six goals on 30 shots at Los Angeles. 

Sergei Bobrovsky – Columbus’ puck-stopper allowed six goals on 31 shots in a 6-3 loss at Arizona.

Antti Niemi – The San Jose goalie surrendered six goals on 27 shots against St. Louis before getting pulled.

Ray Emery – The Philadelphia goaltender was pulled after allowing three goals on 10 shots against New Jersey.

Ben Bishop – Tampa Bay’s goaltender was pulled from Friday’s loss to Pittsburgh after after 13:39, allowing three goals on 10 shots.

LINEUP NEED TO KNOW

James Neal – The Nashville winger is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Craig Smith moved into his spot alongside Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg.

David Perron – Made his Penguins debut Saturday against Montreal, scoring Pittsburgh’s only goal and registering six shots on goal while playing on a line with Sidney Crosby and Steve Downie.

Jaden Schwartz – Returned to the St. Louis lineup Saturday, picking up a goal and an assist in the Blues’ 7-2 win at San Jose.

Erik Gudbranson – The Panthers defenceman is dealing with an upper-body injury, so veteran Shane O’Brien was summoned from the AHL to play his first game for the Panthers (as noted above, O’Brien’s second game wasn’t ideal). 31-year-old O’Brien had 14 points (6 G, 8 A) and was minus-2 in 22 games for San Antonio before getting called up.

Teuvo Teravainen - The highly-touted 2012 first-rounder played his first game of the season for Chicago, after scoring 23 points (6 G, 17 A) in 33 AHL games. He started slowly, but had 13 points (4 G, 9 A) in 16 games before getting called up.

Maple Leafs centres – Nazem Kadri and Peter Holland are both out with injuries and, with Joffrey Lupul out too, the Leafs have Carter Ashton, Greg McKegg and Trevor Smith in the lineup.

Benoit Pouliot – Was activated from the injured list, after being out for five weeks with a broken foot, and scored Edmonton’s only goal in Friday’s 2-1 shootout loss at Colorado.

Jamie Oleksiak – The towering Dallas defenceman had three assists, playing a season-high 20:39, against Minnesota Saturday, then played 20:10 against Chicago Sunday.

P.A. Parenteau – An upper-body injury, apparently suffered after an open-ice hit by New Jersey’s Tim Sestito, is keeping the Canadiens winger out of the lineup. 

Mark Fraser – The 28-year-old journeyman defenceman played his first game of the season for New Jersey, seeing more than 18 minutes of ice time against Philadelphia Saturday. He had three points (1 G, 2 A) and was minus-1 in 18 games with AHL Albany before getting promoted.

SHORT SHIFTS

Penguins C Sidney Crosby had four assists in Friday’s 6-3 win over Tampa Bay…Islanders C John Tavares scored both goals in Friday’s 2-1 win at Calgary, then added two assists in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Edmonton giving him nine points (5 G, 4 A) in the past seven games. He also led the Isles in possession (17 shot attempts for, 5 against, 77.3%)…Canadiens LW Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Pittsburgh, giving him 11 points (4 G, 7 A) in his past 10 games…Predators D Roman Josi picked up a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 7-6 overtime win at Los Angeles; even with no points Sunday at Anaheim, Josi has nine points (3 G, 6 A) in the past eight games…Kings C Anze Kopitar had three assists and better than 80% possession (29 shot attempts for, 7 against, 80.6%) in the Kings’ 7-6 overtime loss to Nashville Saturday and has 16 points (2 G, 14 A) in his past nine games…Rangers D Dan Boyle recorded a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 6-1 win over Buffalo, giving him five points (1 G, 4 A) in the past five games…Rangers C Derick Brassard also had a goal and an assist against Buffalo, and has 13 points (4 G, 9 A) in his past dozen games…Rangers RW Martin St. Louis picked up a couple of assists, giving him seven points (2 G, 5 A) in the past five games…Jets LW Andrew Ladd had a pair of assists in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Toronto; he has eight points (3 G, 5 A) in the past five games…Jets C Bryan Little had a goal and two assists in the win over Toronto, and has nine points (3 G, 6 A) during a six-game point streak…Coyotes C Sam Gagner had two goals and an assist in a 6-3 win over Columbus Saturday. Gagner has nine points (4 G, 5 A) in his past six games…Coyotes C Martin Hanzal had a goal and three assists in the win, giving him nine points (2 G, 7 A) in his past seven games…Stars rookie RW Brett Ritchie had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 7-1 win over Minnesota, and has three points in his first two NHL games.

Canucks LW Daniel Sedin had three assists in a 4-1 win over Detroit Saturday, and has nine points (1 G, 8 A) in the past six games…C Henrik Sedin had two goals and an assist against Detroit, giving him eight points (2 G, 6 A) in the past six games…Blues RW T.J. Oshie had a hat trick, plus an assist, in Saturday’s 7-2 win at San Jose. He has a dozen points (7 G, 5 A) in the past 10 games…Blues LW Alexander Steen had a goal and three assists at San Jose and has 14 points (5 G, 9 A) in the past dozen games; Steen had a goal and an assist, with 18 shot attempts (11 SOG) in Friday’s 4-3 loss at Anaheim…Penguins RW Steve Downie scored a pair of goals against Tampa Bay Friday, then added an assist against Montreal Saturday, giving him nine points (4 G, 5 A) in his past eight games, though he did miss a couple of weeks in the middle of that stretch of games with the mumps…Devils RW Jaromir Jagr had a hat trick in a 5-2 win over Philadelphia Saturday; Jagr and linemates Adam Henrique and Scott Gomez were on for four even-strength goals for and none against.

Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 4-3 win over Florida, the third consecutive game in which he recorded a goal and an assist…Lightning D Victor Hedman picked up a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 4-2 win at Ottawa; he has six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past four games…Lightning C Tyler Johnson scored two goals at Ottawa. He has 20 points (9 G, 11 A) in 16 games since the start of December, second only to Anaheim C Ryan Getzlaf’s 22 points (6 G, 16 A)…Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov had a pair of assists at Ottawa, and since December 11, he has 16 points (8 G, 8 A) in a dozen games, tied with Patrick Kane for second in scoring in that span, behind Anze Kopitar’s 17 points (3 G, 14 A)…Senators C Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist in the loss, giving him 11 points (5 G, 6 A) in the past 11 games...Blue Jackets C Brandon Dubinsky had a pair of goals in a Sunday’s 4-3 win at Colorado, giving him seven points (2 G, 5 A) in the past four games…Blue Jackets LW Nick Foligno had a pair of assists, and has 12 points (6 G, 6 A) in the past 11 games…Stars RW Erik Cole had a pair of goals, and an assist, in Sunday’s 5-4 loss at Chicago; he has eight points (4 G, 4 A) in the past seven games…Blackhawks RW Marian Hossa had a pair of assists against Dallas, and has six points (2 G, 4 A) during a five-game point streak…Blackhawks D Duncan Keith had two more assists, giving him eight in the past six games…Blackhawks LW Patrick Sharp contributed a goal and an assist against Dallas, giving him nine points (4 G, 5 A) in the past seven games…Predators C Mike Ribeiro had three assists in a 4-3 shootout loss at Anaheim and he has 18 points (4 G, 14 A) in the past 16 games.

Wild forwards Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter had identical possession stats (14 shot attempts for, 4 against, 77.8%, with 25.0% offensive zone starts) in Friday’s 3-1 win over Toronto…Oilers newcomers Matt Fraser (4 shot attempts for, 18 against, 18.2%) and Anton Lander (4 for, 15 against, 21.1%) had possession problems in Friday’s loss at Colorado…Kings LW Dwight King scored two goals, and had outstanding possession stats (17 shot attempts for, 2 against, 89.5%) in Saturday’s 7-6 overtime loss to Nashville.

Hurricanes G Cam Ward stopped 23 of 24 shots in Friday’s 2-1 win over Philadelphia…Canadiens G Carey Price turned aside 30 of 31 shots in Montreal’s 4-1 win at Pittsburgh Saturday…Canucks G Ryan Miller stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 4-1 win over Detroit Saturday. After a slow start, Miller has been better lately, stopping 164 of 172 shots (.954 SV%) in his past five starts.

Much of the data included comes from www.war-on-ice.comwww.puckalytics.comwww.hockeystats.ca and www.naturalstattrick.com

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