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Wild Bill has turned into a star in Vegas; Pietrangelo, Kane, DeBrincat, MacKinnon, Fleury, McElhinney and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

William Karlsson - Wild Bill recorded a hat trick in Sunday's 4-0 win against Calgary. The Golden Knights' centre has 14 points (9 G, 5 A) in the past 13 games and is up to an astonishing 39 goals this season.

Alex Pietrangelo – The Blues defenceman scored two goals and added an assist in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win against the Rangers then added a goal and three assists in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win at Chicago. He has 11 points (4 G, 7 A) in the past five games.

Evander Kane – The Sharks winger scored four goals in Friday’s 7-4 win at Calgary. After being held off the scoresheet Saturday, he has 10 points (5 G, 5 A) in nine games since he was traded to San Jose.

Alex DeBrincat - Chicago's rookie winger recorded a hat trick in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss against St. Louis. He had just three assists in his previous 13 games, and yet is still tied for second among rookies with 25 goals.

Nathan MacKinnon - Colorado's star centre scored two goals and added an assist in Sunday's 5-1 win over Detroit. He has 24 points (13 G, 11 A) during a 12-game point streak.

Marc-Andre Fleury - The Golden Knights netminder stoned the Flames, stopping all 42 shots that he faced in Sunday's 4-0 win against Calgary. He has a .945 save percentage in his past six starts.

Curtis McElhinney – Toronto’s backup netminder posted a 33-save shutout in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Montreal. He has a .954 save percentage in his past nine games.

ZEROES

Jonathan Ericsson – The Red Wings blueliner had a tough weekend (22 for, 31 against, 41.5 CF%, 13-22 scoring chances) and was on the ice for no goals for and seven against in two Detroit losses.

Brock McGinn – The Hurricanes left winger was on the wrong side of the puck (18 for, 22 against, 45.0 CF%) and on the ice for four goals against in two games.

Michael McCarron – Called up to fill-in on the injured Canadiens forward lines, the towering centre struggled (5 for, 16 against, 23.8 CF%, 2-9 scoring chances) and was on the ice for two goals against in Saturday’s 4-0 loss at Toronto.

Travis Hamonic – Calgary’s hard-hitting blueliner was on the ice for five even-strength goals against in a pair of weekend losses, to Vegas and San Jose.

VITAL SIGNS

Jacob Trouba – Playing just his second game after returning from a sprained ankle, the Jets blueline was knocked out of Sunday's game against Dallas after taking a hit from Stars captain Jamie Benn.

Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry – At the same time, the Jets did get a couple of centres back into the lineup for Sunday’s game. Scheifele had missed a week-and-a-half with an upper-body injury, while Lowry had been out for more than six weeks with his latest injury.

Ben Bishop – Dallas’ netminder suffered a lower-body injury against Winnipeg Sunday and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. That leaves the Stars’ playoff chase in the hands of Kari Lehtonen.

Jack Eichel – The Sabres centre returned to the Sabres lineup Saturday after missing five weeks with a sprained ankle.

Evgeny Kuznetsov – Washington’s playmaking centre had two assists before suffering an upper-body injury Friday against the Islanders, enough that it kept him out of Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia.

Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis’ star winger suffered an upper-body injury against the Rangers Friday, causing him to miss Sunday’s win at Chicago.

David Backes – The Bruins forward suffered a nasty gash on his leg, one requiring 18 stitches to close, against Tampa Bay Saturday.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – San Jose’s veteran defenceman took a slapshot in the throat Saturday against Vancouver.

Ryan Dzingel – Ottawa’s winger suffered a head injury during Saturday’s loss at Columbus.

Seth Jones – Columbus’ Norris Trophy candidate suffered an upper-body injury last week and while he played against Philadelphia Thursday, the Blue Jackets kept him out of the lineup for Saturday’s win against Ottawa.

Noah Hanifin – The Hurricanes defenceman missed Sunday’s win over the Islanders with an upper-body injury.

Andrej Sekera – Edmonton’s veteran blueliner, who has been struggling as he tries to return from a torn ACL, suffered a foot injury blockint a shot Sunday at Tampa Bay.

Vladislav Kamenev – Acquired from Nashville as part of the Matt Duchene trade, the Avalanche rookie broke his arm in his first game, but made his return to the lineup for Sunday’s 5-1 win against Detroit.

Ty Rattie – The 25-year-old journeyman winger was called up from the AHL, and found himself skating on Connor McDavid's wing. He’s put up three points (2 G, 1 A) and 14 shots on goal in four games. He had 43 points (21 G, 22 A) in 53 AHL games before getting called up.

SHORT SHIFTS

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Patrik Laine has tied Alex Ovechkin for the goal-scoring lead.

Jets RW Patrik Laine scored twice in Sunday's 4-2 win against Dallas. He has 26 points (18 G, 8 A) in the past 15 games...Jets RW Blake Wheeler added a goal and an assist against the Stars, giving him 22 points (5 G, 17 A) in the past 18 games...Avalanche LW Gabriel Landeskog put up a goal and two helpers in Sunday's 5-1 win against Detroit; he has 12 points (4 G, 8 A) in the past 11 games...Avalanche RW Mikko Rantanen added two assists, and Avalanche RW Blake Comeau contributed a goal and an assist. Rantanen has 21 points (6 G, 15 A) in the past 11 games, while Comeau has six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past six games.

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Nikita Kucherov maintains a four-point lead in the scoring race.

Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov scored twice in Sunday's 3-1 win over Edmonton, and has 27 points (9 G, 18 A) in the past 17 games...Lightning C Steven Stamkos added a couple of assists, giving him 24 points (8 G, 16 A) in the past 19 games...Hurricanes C Victor Rask and D Jaccob Slavin both had a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 win at the Islanders. Rask had nine points (1 G, 8 A) in the previous 20 games, and Slavin has five points (3 G, 2 A) in the past five games...Islanders LW Anders Lee scored two goals, C John Tavares put up three assists, and RW Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Carolina. Lee has seven points (5 G, 2 A) in the past seven games, Tavares has nine points (2 G, 7 A) in the past seven games, and Bailey had three points (2 G, 1 A) in the previous 12 games

Flyers RW Wayne Simmonds scored two goals in Sunday's 6-3 win over Washington, giving him six points (3 G, 3 A) in the past five games...Flyers LW Jakub Voracek added a goal and an assist, and has nine points (5 G, 4 A) in the past nine games...Flyers C Sean Couturier and D Radko Gudas both had a pair of assists. Couturier has five assists in the past four games while Gudas matched his production from the previous 15 games...Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin and D John Carlson both had a goal and an assist in Sunday's 6-3 loss at Philadelphia. Ovechkin has six points (3 G, 3 A) in the past four games and Carlson has 19 points (7 G, 12 A) in the past 20 games.

Blues rookie D Vince Dunn had a goal and three assists in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win at Chicago, giving him seven points (1 G, 6 A) in the past seven games...Blues LW Alexander Steen added a goal and an assist; he had just one assist in the previous seven games...Golden Knights D Nate Schmidt earned a pair of assists in Sunday's 4-0 win vs. Calgary, and has four assists in the past four games...Blackhawks RW Tomas Jurco and D Duncan Keith both had a pair of assists in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss vs. St. Louis. Jurco has seven points (4 G, 3 A) in the past 12 games and Keith had three assists in the previous 14 games.

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Connor McDavid is tied with Evgeni Malkin and Nathan MacKinnon for second in scoring behind Kucherov.

Oilers C Connor McDavid had a goal and two helpers in Saturday’s 4-2 win at Florida; he has 23 points (11 G, 12 A) in the past 15 games…Oilers LW Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and RW Ty Rattie had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 4-2 win at Florida, and has seven points (4 G, 3 A) in the past eight games…Sharks RW Timo Meier scored a pair of goals in Saturday’s 5-3 win at Vancouver, giving him four points (3 G, 1 A) in the past four games…Sharks C Logan Couture and RW Kevin Labanc both contributed a goal and an assist. Couture has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past three games, and Labanc has four points (3 G, 1 A) in the past four games…Canucks D Alexander Edler had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to San Jose, snapping a six-game scoring drought…Canucks RW Sam Gagner added a couple of helpers, matching his production over his previous 10 games.

Bruins D Torey Krug recorded three assists in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Tampa Bay, giving him 13 points (3 G, 10 A) in the past 10 games…Sabres RW Nick Baptiste scored a pair of goals in Saturday’s 5-3 win against Chicago. He had one assist in his previous 12 games…Sabres RW Sam Reinhart scored once and added two assists in Saturday’s 5-3 win over Chicago. He has 26 points (11 G, 15 A) in the past 24 games…Sabres C Ryan O’Reilly added a goal and an assist against the Blackhawks and has 15 points (4 G, 11 A) in the past 16 games…Blackhawks C Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist, while RW Patrick Kane earned two assists in Saturday’s 5-3 loss at Buffalo. Toews has 11 points (4 G, 7 A) in the past nine games and Kane has 16 points (4 G, 12 A) in the past 15 games…Blues LW Vladimir Sobotka chipped in a couple of assists in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win against the Rangers, and has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past five games…Rangers C Mika Zibanejad scored two goals in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss at St. Louis, giving him 10 points (6 G, 4 A) in the past six games…Rangers LW Chris Kreider added a pair of assists, and has 10 points (2 G, 8 A) in the past nine games.

Predators C Colton Sissons and LW Filip Forsberg both scored two goals in Friday’s 4-2 win at Colorado. Sissons has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past seven games, and Forsberg has nine points (3 G, 6 A) in the past nine games…Predators RW Craig Smith contributed a couple of assists, and has 14 points (5 G, 9 A) in the past 15 games…Capitals RW Alex Chiasson produced a goal and two assists in Friday’s 6-3 win over the Islanders. He had three assists in his previous 14 games…Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom and rookie LW Jakub Vrana both contributed a goal and an assist against the Islanders and both had an assist in Sunday’s 6-3 loss at Philadelphia. Backstrom has 12 points (4 G, 8 A) in the past nine games and Vrana has four points (1 G, 3 A) in the past three games.

Islanders rookie C Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist in Friday’s 6-3 loss at Washington and had an assist in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to Carolina. He has 20 points (3 G, 17 A) in the past 17 games…Islanders D Ryan Pulock added a pair of assists Friday and another assist Sunday, giving him six points (1 G, 5 A) in the past five games…Senators C Matt Duchene and LW Mike Hoffman both had a goal and an assist in Friday’s 3-2 overtime win against Dallas. Duchene has 22 points (10 G, 12 A) in the past 20 games and Hoffman has 12 points (6 G, 6 A) in the past 11 games…Senators D Erik Karlsson chipped in a couple of assists and has 25 points (4 G, 21 A) in the past 24 games…Stars LW Jamie Benn earned a pair of assists in Friday’s 3-2 overtime loss at Ottawa and scored a goal in Sunday’s 4-2 loss at Winnipeg, giving him 13 points (5 G, 8 A) in the past 12 games.

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Tomas Hertl had a good run through Western Canada.

Sharks C Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist in Friday’s 7-4 win at Calgary plus another goal and an assist in Saturday’s 5-3 win at Vancouver, giving him seven points (4 G, 3 A) in the past three games…Flames RW Micheal Ferland had a goal and an assist in Friday’s 7-4 loss to San Jose. He has five points (1 G, 4 A) in the past six games…Ducks RW Jakob Silfverberg had a pair of assists in Friday’s 4-2 win vs. Detroit and added a goal in Sunday’s 4-2 win against New Jersey; he has seven points (3 G, 4 A) in the past eight games…Wild LW Jason Zucker scored a goal and added an assist in Friday’s 4-2 win at Vegas. He has 16 points (7 G, 9 A) in the past 15 games…Golden Knights C Erik Haula had a goal and an assist in Friday’s 4-2 loss to Minnesota; he has five points (4 G, 1 A) in the past four games…Golden Knights LW David Perron contributed a couple of assists against Minnesota and added another in Sunday’s 4-0 win against Calgary, giving him 13 points (2 G, 11 A) in the past 13 games.

Avalanche G Semyon Varlamov saved 37 of 38 shots in Sunday's 5-1 win over Detroit and has a .939 save percentage in his past 11 games…Oilers G Cam Talbot stopped 40 of 42 shots in Saturday’s 4-2 win at Florida, giving him a .933 save percentage in his past 13 starts…Lightning G Louis Dominque stopped 29 of 30 shots in Sunday's 3-1 win vs. Edmonton; he had a .894 save percentage in his previous five games…Predators G Juuse Saros had 33 saves on 35 shots in Friday’s 4-2 win at Colorado, and has a .942 save percentage in his past 15 starts.

FIRSTS

Andreas Johnsson – Toronto’s 23-year-old winger scored his first NHL goal, in his second career game, Saturday’s 4-0 win against Montreal.

 

Oskar Lindblom – Philadelphia’s 21-year-old winger buried his first NHL goal, in his 14th career game, Sunday’s 6-3 win over Washington.

 

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