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Skinner snipes for Carolina, Galchenyuk getting it done in Montreal; Smith, Leddy, Couture, fantasy and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Jeff Skinner – Carolina’s shifty winger scored a pair of goals, including the tying goal with less than a second left in a 4-3 shootout win against Ottawa, giving him six points (4 G, 2 A) in the past four games. He’s up to 25 goals on the season and, even while playing a modest 15:53 per game, is averaging at least three shots per game for the sixth straight season.

Alex Galchenyuk – The Habs pivot continued his hot streak, scoring twice and adding an assist in a 4-3 overtime win against Dallas. He has nine goals and an assist in the past seven games.

Craig Smith – Scored a pair of goals in Nashville’s 4-2 win at Winnipeg, giving him 14 points (7 G, 7 A) in the past 11 games. He had seven points in his previous 26 games.

Nick Leddy – The Islanders blueliner delivered a couple of assists in a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh, and has 15 points (1 G, 14 A) in the past 15 games.

Logan Couture – Scored two goals in San Jose’s 3-0 win at Edmonton; he has 17 points (7 G, 10 A) in the past 16 games.

ZEROES

David Pastrnak – The second-year Bruins winger was pinned in the defensive zone (3 for, 19 against, 13.6 SAT%) and had no shot attempts in 14:52 of ice time against Tampa Bay.

James Neal, Ryan Johanson and Calle Jarnkrok – In a winning effort at Winnipeg, the Predators forward trio was on the ice for one shot attempt for and 12 against (7.7 SAT%) at even strength, having a difficult time with their matchup against the line of Mathieu Perreault, Alexander Burmistrov and Marko Dano, along with defencemen Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers.

Robin Lehner – Was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots against the Rangers, though the Sabres netminder has put up a .927 save percentage in 19 starts this season.

VITAL SIGNS

Jaroslav Halak – Stopped 31 of 32 shots in the Islanders’ 2-1 win vs. Pittsburgh, but left late in the game with a lower-body injury.

Colton Sissons – Playing his first game for Nashville since December, the 22-year-old centre had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 victory at Winnipeg. He has 19 points (8 G, 11 A) and a minus-3 rating in 38 AHL games this season.

Jason Demers - The Stars defenceman suffered an upper-body injury at Montreal, and could miss the rest of the regular season.The Stars blueline is getting thin, with John Klingberg and Jordie Benn already injured.

Lars Eller – The Habs left winger missed a 4-3 OT win against Dallas with an upper-body injury.

 

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SHORT SHIFTS

Rangers RW Mats Zuccarello led the Blueshirts to a 4-2 win at Buffalo with a goal and two assists, and has 16 points (4 G, 12 A) in the past 17 games….Canadiens D Andrei Markov recorded a couple of assists vs. Dallas, giving him 13 points (1 G, 12 A) in the past 12 games…Canadiens LW Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist, and has eight points (3 G, 5 A) in the past seven games…Rangers C Derick Brassard put up a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win at Buffalo; he has 19 points (9 G, 10 A) in the past 19 games…Red Wings D Mike Green assisted on all three Detroit goals in a 5-3 loss at Columbus. He has five assists in the past four games…Blue Jackets RW Cam Atkinson tallied two goals and an assist against Detroit, giving him 16 points (10 G, 6 A) in the past 18 games…Blue Jackets C Brandon Dubinsky had a couple of assists and has 16 points (4 G, 12 A) in the past 18 games…Blue Jackets C Alexander Wennberg picked up a pair of assists, and has five assists in the past five games…Islanders C Frans Nielsen assisted on both goals in a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh, and has six points (1 G, 5 A) in the past three games…Sharks RW Joe Pavelski contributed a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win at Edmonton, giving him eight points (5 G, 3 A) in the past six games.

Bruins G Jonas Gustavsson recorded a 42-save shutout in a 1-0 overtime win at Tampa Bay, raising his save percentage to a career-best .916 in 20 games…Lightning G Ben Bishop turned away 32 of 33 shots in the loss, and has a .954 save percentage in his past seven starts…Sharks G James Reimer posted a 31-save shutout in a 3-0 win at Edmonton, his first shutout since October 29, 2013, also at Edmonton.

FANTASY FOCUS

These players are getting dropped the most in TSN leagues:

Martin Hanzal – Going nine games without a point has sunk the value of the Coyotes centre. Owned: 33.3%

Jordan Staal – Just one goal and no assists in the past six games for the Hurricanes pivot, who is still logging big minutes. Owned: 57.1%

Jiri Hudler – Maybe expectations were lower with his move to Florida, or moving Nick Bjugstad’s line isn’t as appealing, but he did score a couple of goals in Florida’s last game. Owned: 60.7% 

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

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