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Tarasenko is a terrific scorer; Zajac, Eichel, Draisaitl, Crosby, McDavid and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

St. Louis’ brilliant scoring winger, Vladimir Tarasenko, tied a career-high with three goals and an assist in a 5-4 win against Tampa Bay. 

He has 18 points (9 G, 9 A) in the past 13 games and since the start of the 2014-2015 season, Alexander Ovechkin is the only player in the league with more goals than Tarasenko.

 

GOALS LEADERS, 2014-2015 TO PRESENT

 
PLAYER TEAM POS GP GOALS
Alex Ovechkin Washington LW 182 115
Vladimir Tarasenko St. Louis RW 181 90
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay C 176 88
Jamie Benn Dallas LW 189 83
Joe Pavelski San Jose RW 188 82
Patrick Kane Chicago RW 168 81
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh C 175 80
Tyler Seguin Dallas C 168 78
John Tavares N.Y. Islanders C 183 77
Max Pacioretty Montreal LW 185 72
 

HEROES

Travis Zajac – New Jersey’s veteran centre delivered a hat trick in a 4-3 overtime loss at Chicago. He hasn’t been a big scorer in recent seasons, but suddenly has eight points (4 G, 4 A), and 18 shots on goal, in the past five games.

Jack Eichel – In his second game of the season, the Sabres’ second-year centre scored a pair of goals, the tying and winning goals, in a 4-3 win against the Rangers. He had 12 shot attempts (4 SOG) against the Rangers. Eichel has four points (3 G, 1 A) in two games since returning from a high ankle sprain. 

Leon Draisaitl – The Edmonton centre/right winger put up a goal and two assists, with 10 shot attempts (8 SOG), in a 6-3 victory at Winnipeg. He’s recorded 12 points (6 G, 6 A) in the past nine games. 

Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh’s superstar centre continues to pour it on. He put up a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win over Dallas, giving him nine points (4 G, 5 A) in the past five games.

Connor McDavid – The league’s leading scorer recorded three assists in a 6-3 victory at Winnipeg, and has 15 points (6 G, 9 A) during a seven-game point streak.    

ZEROES

Anthony Duclair and Christian Dvorak – Arizona’s young forwards were both on the ice for three goals against in a 4-3 loss to the Kings.

Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh – The Rangers defence tandem didn’t exactly shut down the Sabres (10 for, 37 against, 21.3 CF%, two goals against) in a 4-3 loss at Buffalo.

Fedor Tyutin – Colorado’s veteran blueliner was on for all three goals against in a 3-2 loss against his former team from Columbus.

Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg’s goaltender was yanked after allowing six goals on 29 shots in a 6-2 loss to Edmonton. He has a .896 save percentage in the past seven games (and that includes a 42-save shutout).

Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay’s promising young goaltender was lit up for four goals on 16 shots before getting pulled early in the second period of a 5-4 loss at St. Louis. His save percentage has dropped from .951 to .930 over his past two starts.

VITAL SIGNS

Justin Abdelkader – Detroit’s veteran winger suffered a lower-body injury, playing just 3:08 against Florida.

Torey Krug – With Zdeno Chara and John-Michael Liles out of the lineup, Krug played a career-high 28:07 in Boston’s 2-1 shootout win over Carolina, scoring Boston’s only goal of the contest.

Taylor Hall – The Devils winger was back in the lineup at Chicago, returning earlier than expected from his knee injury.

Dennis Seidenberg – The veteran blueliner returned to the Islanders lineup and played 19:19 in their shutout win at Washington.

Marc Methot – Ottawa’s defensive defenceman was out of the Senators lineup with a lower-body injury.

Joel Vermin – The 24-year-old Swiss winger was called up from the AHL, where he had 11 points (6 G, 5 A in 17 games) and the Lightning forward had a couple of assists at St. Louis.

SHORT SHIFTS

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Pittsburgh winger Patric Hornqvist is quietly productive.

Sabres RW Brian Gionta contributed a goal and an assist against the Rangers, after posting a goal and an assist in his previous 13 games…Penguins LW Conor Sheary and RW Patric Hornqvist each had a goal and an assist against Dallas. Sheary had three points (2 G, 1 A) in his previous 10 games, while Hornqvist has 14 points (5 G, 9 A) in his past 14 games…Penguins D Ian Cole also had a goal and an assist, and has four points (1 G, 3 A) in his past five games…Penguins D Justin Schultz chipped in a pair of assists, giving him four points (1 G, 3 A) in the past five games…Flyers C Claude Giroux tallied a pair of goals in a 3-2 overtime win at Ottawa, and has five points (3 G, 2 A) in the past four games…Flyers RW Jakub Voracek contributed a couple of assists, and has five points (1 G, 4 A) in the past three games…Senators C Kyle Turris assisted on both Ottawa goals, giving him five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past five games…Blues LW Alexander Steen accumulated three assists against Tampa Bay in his first game in more than two weeks…Blues D Kevin Shattenkirk put up two goals and two assists against Tampa Bay, with three of those four points coming on the power play. He had one assist in his previous six games…Blues RW Robby Fabbri earned a couple of assists, and has eight points (4 G, 4 A) in the past nine games…Lightning C Cedric Paquette scored two goals at St. Louis, his first goals since the first game of the season…Lightning LW Jonathan Drouin had a couple of assists, ending a five-game scoreless drought…Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov contributed a goal and an assist, and has 12 points (7 G, 5 A) in the past 10 games…Oilers C Mark Letestu put up two goals and an assist at Winnipeg, a big night after a 10-game scoreless drought…Oilers LW Milan Lucic had a couple of assists at Winnipeg, giving him 10 points (2 G, 8 A) during a six-game point streak…Jets rookie RW Patrik Laine scored a couple of power play goals in the loss to Edmonton; he had two points (1 G, 1 A) in the previous seven games…Jets RW Blake Wheeler chipped in a couple of assists, giving him five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past five games…Devils RW Kyle Palmieri had a pair of assists at Chicago, and has four assist in the past four games. A 30-goal scorer last season, he’s lit the lamp once in the past 15 games…Blackhawks D Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook each had two assists in a 4-3 win vs. New Jersey. They have combined for 32 points, tied with St. Louis’ Shattenkirk and Colton Parayko for second-most by a team’s top two defencemen. Montreal’s Shea Weber and Andrei Markov have combined for 35…Blue Jackets LW Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win at Colorado, giving him seven points (3 G, 4 A) in the past seven games…Kings RW Jordan Nolan scored a couple of goals in a 4-3 win at Arizona. He had one assist in his previous 13 games this season…Coyotes C Martin Hanzal scored two goals against Los Angeles, snapping a four-game point drought…Coyotes D Michael Stone added a pair of assists, his first points since late October.

The Sabres defence pairing of Josh Gorges (!!!) and Cody Franson had excellent possession stats (19 for, 3 against, 86.4 CF%) against the Rangers…Capitals D Matt Niskanen recorded 14 shot attempts (6 SOG) in the 3-0 loss to the Islanders…Capitals D Brooks Orpik had a stellar possession game (21 for, 4 against, 84.0 CF%, 13-2 scoring chances) against the Isles…Flyers D Shayne Gostisbehere drove play (25 for, 6 against, 80.7 CF%, 14-3 scoring chances) in a 3-2 OT win at Ottawa…Canucks RW Alex Burrows and C Bo Horvat struggled (3 for, 14 against, 17.7 CF%) against Anaheim.

Islanders G Jaroslav Halak posted a 38-save shutout in a 3-0 win at Washington. It was the first time all season that he allowed fewer than two goals against in a game…Hurricanes G Cam Ward stopped 34 of 35 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss at Boston; he has a .939 save percentage in his past 13 starts…Red Wings G Petr Mrazek turned away 28 of 30 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to Florida, giving him a .924 save percentage in his past four games…Ducks G John Gibson stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 3-1 win at Vancouver, and has a .942 save percentage in the past five games.

FIRSTS

Samuel Henley – The 6-foot-5, 23-year-old winger, signed as a free agent out of the QMJHL, scored his first career goal, in his first career game, a 3-2 loss to Columbus. He had four points (1 G, 3 A) in 19 AHL games this season before getting called up. 

Ondrej Kase – Anaheim’s 21-year-old Czech winger, a seventh-round pick in 2014, scored his first career goal, in his eighth career game, a 3-1 win at Vancouver. He had seven points (3 G, 4 A) in nine AHL games this season.

FANTASY FOCUS

Some of the most productive players that are owned in fewer than 20% of TSN leagues:

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Josh Bailey has a chance to produce on the Islanders' top line.

Josh Bailey – Getting a shot alongside John Tavares on the top line, Bailey has six points (1 G, 5 A) in the past six games. Owned: 9.7%

Mikko Rantanen – Colorado’s rookie winger has seven points in the past six games, and is getting top-line ice time. Owned: 10.1%

Anthony Mantha – The 6-foot-5 Detroit winger has four points (3 G, 1 A) and 22 shots on goal in the past six games. Owned: 7.4%

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