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St. Louis’ top line shredded the Oilers, Boeser keeps scoring and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis’ top line destroyed the Oilers, with each member of the unit recording four points in an 8-3 rout. Tarasenko led the way with two goals and two assists, with 11 shot attempts (8 SOG), and a fight with Matthew Benning for good measure. He has 17 points (7 G, 10 A) in the past 13 games.

Schenn put up two goals and two assists, and is on the best tear of his career, putting up 19 points (7 G, 12 A) during an eight-game point streak.

Schwartz added a goal and three helpers against Edmonton, giving him 15 points (4 G, 11 A) in the past 10 games.

The only players with more points than the Blues trio, thus far, are Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, as well as Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau.

Brock Boeser – Vancouver’s rookie sniper scored a pair of goals in a 5-2 win at Philadelphia. He has 13 points (7 G, 6 A) in the past 11 games.

ZEROES

Jonathan Drouin – Montreal’s playmaking centre failed to register a shot and had team-worst possession stats (5 for, 13 against, 27.8 CF%) in a 3-1 loss at Dallas.

Oscar Klefbom – It’s been a tough first quarter of the season for Klefbom, and it continued in an 8-3 loss at St. Louis, as he was on the ice for four goals against.

Alex Biega – The Canucks were protecting a lead for most of the game, but Biega was buried (5 for, 28 against, 15.2 CF%, 2-15 scoring chances) in the defensive zone.

Cam Talbot – The struggles continued for Edmonton’s goaltender, who was pulled after giving up two goals on the first three shots he faced. He has a .858 save percentage in the past five games.

Michal Neuvirth – Philadelphia’s backup netminder was pulled after allowing four goals on 22 shots in a 5-2 loss to Vancouver. He’s left with a .882 save percentage in his past four starts.

VITAL SIGNS

Shea Weber – Montreal’s workhorse blueliner missed a 3-1 loss at Dallas with a lower-body injury. Jeff Petry played more than 27 minutes in Weber’s absence, just as he did a few weeks previously when Weber last missed a game.

Derek Dorsett – Vancouver’s agitating winger has slowed down since his hot start, scoring once in the past 10 games, but he returned to Vancouver as there is some concern about after effects from offseason neck surgery.

SHORT SHIFTS

Oilers RW Leon Draisaitl produced a goal and an assist in an 8-3 loss at St. Louis. He had two assists in his previous five games…Oilers C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins earned a couple of assists in the loss, and has 14 points (6 G, 8 A) in the past 13 games…Blues D Colton Parayko chipped in a couple of assists, giving him five points (1 G, 4 A) in the past four games…Canucks RW Loui Eriksson had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win at Philadelphia; he has five points (1 G, 4 A) in the past four games…Canucks LW Daniel Sedin also had a goal and an assist, ending a five-game scoring drought…Canucks C Henrik Sedin chipped in a couple of assists, and has six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past eight games…Stars C Tyler Seguin produced a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over Montreal; he has nine points (3 G, 6 A) in the past 10 games…Stars LW Devin Shore scored a goal and added an assist against Montreal; he had four points (1 G, 3 A) in his previous 15 games.

Philadelphia’s top three shooters, in terms of total attempts, against Vancouver were defencemen: Shayne Gostisbehere (10), Robert Hagg (8) and Ivan Provorov (8)…Flyers LW Travis Konecny had a strong game (17 for, 4 against, 81.0 CF%) against Vancouver.

Stars G Ben Bishop stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 3-1 win vs. Montreal. He had a .883 save percentage in his previous nine appearances…Canucks G Jacob Markstrom had 36 saves on 38 shots in a 5-2 win at Philadelphia; he had a .890 save percentage in his previous five starts.

Many of the advanced stats used here come from Natural Stat TrickCorsica and Hockey Reference.

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