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Johnny Hockey climbs to number two in the scoring race, Barzal blowing away the competition, Giroux and Gostisbehere are on a roll and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Johnny Gaudreau – Johnny Hockey had a goal and two helpers in a 5-2 win at Arizona, giving him 16 points (5 G, 11 A) in the past 12 games. He’s now second in the league with 73 points.

 

SCORING LEADERS

 
PLAYER TEAM POS GP G A PTS
Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay RW 61 32 48 80
Johnny Gaudreau Calgary LW 62 20 53 73
Claude Giroux Philadelphia LW 61 21 51 72
Connor McDavid Edmonton C 60 27 44 71
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh C 57 33 37 70
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay C 61 24 45 69
Blake Wheeler Winnipeg RW 60 17 52 69
Alex Ovechkin Washington LW 61 36 32 68
Jakub Voracek Philadelphia RW 61 13 55 68
Phil Kessel Pittsburgh RW 61 24 42 66
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh C 61 19 47 66
 

Mathew Barzal – The Islanders rookie centre was a force in Toronto, putting up a goal and two assists in a 4-3 shootout loss at Toronto. He’s up to 65 points in 62 games, a 15-point lead over Brock Boeser in the rookie scoring race.

Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere – Giroux, the Flyers winger, had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win vs. Columbus and has 14 points (6 G, 8 A) in the past eight game. Gostisbehere added a couple of assists, and has 16 points (1 G, 15 A) in the past 11 games.

ZEROES

Nikita Zaitsev – The Maple Leafs blueliner was on the ice for all three goals against in a 4-3 shootout win against the Islanders.

Mikkel Boedker, Chris Tierney and Jannik Hansen – The Sharks trio had a tough game (9 for, 12 against, 42.9 CF%) and was on the ice for three goals against in a 7-1 loss at Nashville.

Aaron Dell – The Sharks netminder gave up seven goals on 46 shots in a 7-1 loss at Nashville. He has a .855 save percentage in his past five starts.

VITAL SIGNS

Auston Matthews – Toronto’s star centre suffered a shoulder injury after taking a hit from Islanders D Adam Pelech and RW Cal Clutterbuck. An MRI will determine the extent of the injury.

Nathan Gerbe – The 30-year-old winger returned to the NHL for the first time since the 2015-2016 season, jumping into the Columbus lineup. He had seven points (2 G, 5 A) in 19 games for Geneve Servette in the Swiss League.

Michal Kempny – In his first game with the Capitals, the 27-year-old blueliner was paired with veteran Brooks Orpik for a 3-2 loss at Florida.

Petr Mrazek – Making his first start for the Flyers, the 26-year-old goaltender stopped 19 of 20 shots in a 2-1 win over Columbus.

SHORT SHIFTS

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Tomas Plekanec has been more productive lately.

Canadiens C Tomas Plekanec produced a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win against the Rangers, and the veteran has six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past eight games…Islanders LW Anthony Beauvillier contributed a couple of assists in a 4-3 shootout loss at Toronto. He has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past six games…Lightning LW Vladislav Namestnikov contributed a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win at Ottawa; he had three points (1 G, 2 A) in the previous 11 games…Lightning LW Yanni Gourde and RW Nikita Kucherov both added a couple of assists. Gourde has 14 points (5 G, 9 A) in the past 11 games, and Kucherov has 14 points (5 G, 9 A) during an eight-game point streak…Senators C Derick Brassard, possibly playing his last game for Ottawa, had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay. He has nine points (5 G, 4 A) in the past seven games…Senators RW Mark Stone added a pair of assists, giving him 20 points (4 G, 16 A) in his past 13 games…Sabres D Rasmus Ristolainen had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime win at Detroit, giving him seven points (3 G, 4 A) in the past eight games…Sabres C Johan Larsson chipped in a couple of assists; he had three points (1 G, 2 A) in the previous 17 games…Capitals LW Andre Burakovsky produced a goal and an assist in a 3-2 loss at Florida; he has five points (3 G, 2 A) in the past six games…Predators LW Viktor Arvidsson, C Nick Bonino, RW Calle Jarnkrok, and C Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist in a 7-1 romp over San Jose. Arvidsson has 17 points (10 G, 7 A) in the past 17 games, Bonino has seven points (2 G, 5 A) in the past 10 games, Jarnkrok had one goal in his previous six games, and Johansen has 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in the past 12 games…Predators defencemen Roman Josi and P.K. Subban both had a pair of assists against the Sharks. Josi has 10 points (2 G, 8 A) in the past 11 games, and Subban has 23 points (8 G, 15 A) in the past 24 games…Oilers C Connor McDavid and RW Leon Draisaitl both had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime win against Colorado. McDavid has 24 points (13 G, 11 A) in the past 17 games and Draisaitl has 21 points (7 G, 14 A) in the past 17 games…Flames RW Sam Bennett and C Sean Monahan both had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win at Arizona. Bennett had five points (3 G, 2 A) in his previous 24 games, and Monahan has 14 points (6 G, 8 A) in the past 12 games…Flames defencemen Mark Giordano and Dougie Hamilton both had a pair of assists. Giordano has six assists in the past six games and Hamilton has 16 points (6 G, 10 A) in the past 14 games…Stars C Radek Faksa had a dominant game (19 for, 3 against, 86.4 CF%, 12-1 scoring chances) in a 2-0 win at Los Angeles.

Canadiens G Antti Niemi turned away 31 of 32 shots in a 3-1 win over the Rangers. He has a .922 save percentage in nine games with Montreal, and is looking at more playing time with Carey Price out due to a concussion…Wild G Alex Stalock stopped 38 of 40 shots in a 4-2 win at New Jersey, giving him a .922 save percentage in the past nine games…Sabres G Robin Lehner saved 35 of 37 shots in a 3-2 overtime win at Detroit; he had a .877 save percentage in his previous five games…Predators G Pekka Rinne had 33 saves in a 7-1 win vs. San Jose, giving him a .936 save percentage in his past 13 games…Flames G Jon Gillies turned aside 35 of 37 shots in a 5-2 win at Arizona. The 24-year-old had a .915 save percentage in 31 AHL games…Stars G Kari Lehtonen posted an 18-save shutout in a 2-0 win at Los Angeles, giving him a .937 save percentage in the past dozen games…Kings G Jonathan Quick stopped 26 of 27 shots in the loss to Dallas, giving him a .939 save percentage in his past seven games…Panthers G Roberto Luongo stopped 33 of 35 shots in a 3-2 win against Washington; he has a .942 save percentage in his past 13 games. Oh, and he also did this:

 

FIRSTS

Maxim Mamin – The 23-year-old winger notched his first NHL goal, in his eighth career game, a 3-2 win over Washington.

Alexandar Georgiev – The 22-year-old netminder made his NHL debut for the Rangers, stopping 38 of 40 shots in a 3-1 loss at Montreal. In his first pro season in North America, he had a .908 save percentage in 31 AHL games before getting called up. 

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