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A Lightning rookie steps into the spotlight, Vrbata and Hudler continue outstanding seasons, lineup news, Fantasy tips and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Vladislav Namestnikov - Got called out (by me) for a tough game on the weekend in yesterday's Statistically Speaking, so it's only fair to acknowledge that the Lightning rookie put up two goals and an assist, with game-best possession stats (14 shot attempts for, 6 against, 70.0%) in a 5-3 win at Montreal, giving him seven points (4 G, 3 A) in the past seven games.

Namestnikov made the most of his opportunity, centering Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov while Tyler Johnson was out with an upper-body injury.  It's that kind of forward depth that makes the Lightning so dangerous.

Radim Vrbata - The Canucks right winger continues to shine, putting up a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win at St. Louis, giving him 11 points (5 G, 6 A) in the past six games.

Jiri Hudler - Calgary's unheralded scoring winger, Hudler had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win at Dallas, continuing his recently strong play. In the past 15 games, he has 23 points (10 G, 13 A) and is tied for seventh in the league with 71 points.

ZEROES

Kari Lehtonen - The Stars goalie allowed four goals on 19 shots in a 5-3 loss to Calgary. It's been some season for Lehtonen, who has allowed about 15 more goals than the average goaltender would facing a similar workload.

Tyson Barrie - Colorado's playmaking defenceman had team-worst possession (14 shot attempts for, 26 against, 35.0%) and was on for all four goals against (two empty-netters) in a 4-1 loss to Edmonton.

LINEUP NEED TO KNOW

Victor Hedman - Tampa Bay's top blueliner played just 15:30 at Montreal and is considered questionable for Tuesday at Toronto.

Vladimir Tarasenko - The Blues' star winger suffered a lower-body injury against Vancouver.

Brian Boyle - The Lightning centre, who hadn't played more than 17 minutes in a game this season, played a career-high 21:35 in a 5-3 win at Montreal.

SHORT SHIFTS

Lightning LW Ondrej Palat contributed a pair of assists in a 5-3 win at Montreal, and has 12 points (1 G, 11 A) in the past nine games…Canucks D Chris Tanev recorded two assists in a 4-1 win at St. Louis, and has five assists in the past five games…Flames LW Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win at Dallas, and has 16 points (7 G, 9 A) in the past 15 games, enough to vault into the rookie scoring lead with 60 points…Flames D Dennis Wideman picked up a goal and an assist at Dallas, and has 12 points (2 G, 10 A) in the past 14 games…Stars LW Jamie Benn had a pair of assists in the loss to Calgary, and has 10 points (5 G, 5 A) in the past seven games…Oilers rookie RW Andrew Miller had three assists in a 4-1 win at Colorado, giving him six points (1 G, 5 A) in the past three games…Sabres D Andrej Meszaros had a pair of goals in a 4-1 win at Arizona; he has four goals in the past two games, after scoring three in his first 52 games of the season…Sabres RW Brian Gionta had a goal and an assist, both on empty-net goals, in Arizona; he has nine points (4 G, 5 A) in the past eight games…The Blackhawks defence pair of Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya had a strong game against Los Angeles, posting positive possession stats despite starting more shifts in the defensive zone and matching up primarily against the Kings' top line. The Chicago duo was also on for three even-strength goals for in the Blackhawks' 4-1 win…Blackhawks G Scott Darling stopped 31 of 32 shots in Chicago's 4-1 win over Los Angeles…Oilers G Richard Bachman saved 29 of 30 shots in Edmonton's 4-1 win at Colorado…Sabres G Anders Lindback stopped 28 of 29 shots in a 4-1 win at Arizona.

FIRSTS

Brandon Davidson - The Oilers rookie blueliner scored his first career goal, in his sixth career game, in Edmonton's 4-1 win at Colorado.

FANTASY FOCUS

A few players to consider for your lineup tonight:

David Pastrnak - If you haven't picked up this Bruins rookie, what are you waiting for? He has 14 points (4 G, 10 A) in the past 16 games.

Tyler Myers - The move to Winnipeg has been good for Myers, who has 13 points in 19 games since joining the Jets, including four points (1 G, 3 A) in the past six games.

Boone Jenner - The Blue Jackets are playing hard and Jenner is getting a turn on left wing with Ryan Johansen, a good place to be.

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

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