Heroes & Zeroes
Kadri is killing it with Marner and Marleau on his wings; Varlamov and Andersen come up big in net, Horvat’s productive in a losing effort and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.
Nazem Kadri – Apparently having Mitch Marner on his right side works for the Maple Leafs centre, who recorded his fourth career hat trick, and added two assists, in a 6-3 win against Columbus. In the past 10 games, Kadri has 15 points (7 G, 8 A), which is a dramatic change from his previous production, when he managed just two points (1 G, 1 A) in 20 games.
Semyon Varlamov – Colorado’s goaltender posted a 44-save shutout in a 2-0 win against Montreal, giving him a .936 save percentage in his past 11 games.
Frederik Andersen – The Maple Leafs netminder was bomarded with 57 shots by Columbus, but he stopped 54, in a 6-3 Toronto victory. He’s pushing his way torwards being in the conversation for the Vezina Trophy, posting a .932 save percentage over his past 35 starts.
Bo Horvat – Vancouver’s No. 1 centre scored once and added two helpers in a 4-3 loss to Florida. He has nine points (4 G, 5 A) in his past 10 games.
Matt Calvert – The Blue Jackets winger only played 7:27 at 5-on-5, had poor possession stats (4 for, 9 against, 30.8 CF%) and was on the ice for four goals against in a 6-3 loss at Toronto.
Zach Hyman, Auston Matthews and William Nylander – Toronto’s top line was beat up (8 for, 26 against, 23.5 CF%, 5-14 scoring chances) and on the ice for two goals against in a 6-3 win over Columbus.
Joe Morrow – It was a tough night (4 for, 21 against, 16.0 CF%, 2-12 scoring chances) for the Canadiens defenceman, who was on the ice for both goals against in a 2-0 loss at Colorado.
Alexander Edler and Erik Gudbranson - The Vancouver defence pairing had a hard time (11 for, 17 against, 39.3 CF%, 4-9 scoring chances) and was on the ice for three goals against in a 4-3 loss to Florida.
Jacob Markstrom – Vancouver’s starting netminder was pulled after allowing four goals on 14 shots in a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia. He has a .904 save percentage in his past 10 starts.
Jake Gardiner – Toronto’s talented blueliner has been on a roll lately, but left the win over Columbus with a lower-body injury. The Maple Leafs have the depth to fill the spot in the lineup, but there will be a clear drop-off in productivity if Gardiner is out of the lineup.
Maple Leafs LW Patrick Marleau put up a goal and two helpers in a 6-3 win over Columbus. He has six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past three games…Maple Leafs RW Mitch Marner added a goal and an assist. In the past 10 games, he’s put up 13 points (7 G, 6 A)…Maple Leafs rookie D Travis Dermott chipped in a couple of assists, and has six points (1 G, 5 A) in the past eight games…Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno scored two goals and added an assist, while posting ridiculous possession stats (31 for, 4 against, 88.6 CF%, 12-3 scoring chances) in a 6-3 loss at Toronto, giving him 10 points (4 G, 6 A) in the past 12 games…Blue Jackets C Alexander Wennberg contributed a couple of assists after posting one assist in his previous seven games…Panthers C Nick Bjugstad had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win at Vancouver, and has six points (1 G, 5 A) in the past six games…Panthers C Aleksander Barkov added two assists against the Canucks, giving him 17 points (7 G, 10 A) in the past 16 games…Canucks LW Sven Baertschi earned a pair of assists in a 4-3 loss to Florida. He has four points (1 G, 3 A) in the past four games.
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