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Keller is a difference-maker for Arizona; Fiala, Henrique, Perry and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Clayton Keller – Arizona’s rookie right winger earned a pair of assists in a 4-1 win at Toronto, putting him back on top of the rookie scoring race.

 

ROOKIE SCORING LEADERS

 
PLAYER TEAM POS GP G A PTS
Clayton Keller Arizona RW 23 11 9 20
Mathew Barzal N.Y. Islanders C 20 4 15 19
Brock Boeser Vancouver RW 17 7 10 17
Will Butcher New Jersey D 20 2 14 16
Alexander Kerfoot Colorado LW 19 7 8 15
Nico Hischier New Jersey C 20 3 12 15
Yanni Gourde Tampa Bay RW 20 6 8 14
Mikhail Sergachev Tampa Bay D 20 5 9 14
Alex DeBrincat Chicago RW 20 7 6 13
Adrian Kempe Los Angeles C 20 7 6 13
Jesper Bratt New Jersey LW 20 5 8 13
 

Kevin Fiala – The Predators winger contributed a goal and an assist and recorded a team-leading nine shot attempts in a 5-3 victory over Winnipeg. He’s picked up his play, recording six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past four games.

Adam Henrique – The New Jersey centre produced a goal and two assists in a 4-3 overtime win at Minnesota, snapping out a nine-game slump that saw him manage just one assist.

Corey Perry – Anaheim’s veteran winger scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 shootout win at San Jose. He has eight points (1 G, 7 A) in the past five games.

ZEROES

Cody McLeod – Nashville’s enforcer was stuck in his own end (1 for, 10 against, 9.1 CF%, 1-6 scoring chances) in a 5-3 victory against Winnipeg. He’s down to 39.4 CF% in 17 games this season.

Kyle Quincey and Gustav Olofsson – The Wild defence pairing had a tough night ( 9 for, 12 against, 42.9 CF%) and was on the ice for two goals against in a 4-3 overtime loss to New Jersey.

Andreas Borgman – Toronto’s rookie blueliner struggled (3 for, 15 against, 16.7 CF%) in a 4-1 loss to Arizona.

Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg’s goaltender has been the backbone for the Jets this year, but he allowed five goals on 29 shots in a 5-3 loss at Nashville. It’s the third time in his past seven starts that he’s allowed five goals.

VITAL SIGNS

Charlie Coyle – The Wild power forward returned to action against New Jersey, after missing five weeks with a broken fibula.

SHORT SHIFTS

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Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau are on a hot streak.

Blue Jackets D Markus Nutivaara had a couple of assists in a 3-2 win at Buffalo. The second-year blueliner has seven assists in the past 10 games…Coyotes LW Max Domi put up a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win at Toronto, ending an eight-game scoring drought…Flames C Mikael Backlund, LW Johnny Gaudreau and C Sean Monahan all had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win at Washington. Backlund has eight points (1 G, 7 A) in the past seven games, Gaudreau has 19 points (8 G, 11 A) during a 10-game point streak, and Monahan has 14 points (7 G, 7 A) in the past 10 games…Flames D Dougie Hamilton and LW Matthew Tkachuk both had a couple of assists at Washington. Hamilton had two points (1 G, 1 A) in his previous 10 games, and Tkachuk has six points (1 G, 5 A) in the past five games…Jets LW Mathieu Perreault scored a couple of goals in a 5-3 loss at Nashville, giving him eight points (5 G, 3 A) in eight games…Jets D Tyler Myers contributed a goal and an assist at Nashville, and has eight points (2 G, 6 A) in the past 11 games…Predators C Ryan Johansen and C Kyle Turris each had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 victory over Winnipeg. Johansen has six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past five games, and Turris has five points (2 G, 3 A) in five games since coming over in trade from Ottawa…Predators RW Viktor Arvidsson, D P.K. Subban and D Roman Josi each produced two assists. Arvidsson has 10 points (5 G, 5 A) in the past eight games, Subban has seven points (3 G, 4 A) in the past eight games, and Josi has six points (1 G, 5 A) in the past four games…Wild RW Mikael Granlund put up two goals and an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to New Jersey, giving him 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in the past 10 games…Wild C Mikko Koivu chipped in a couple of assists, and has four assists in the past three games…Ducks C Rickard Rakell had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 shootout win at San Jose, giving him 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in the past eight games…Ducks D Brandon Montour produced a pair of assists at San Jose, and has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past six games…Sharks RW Joonas Donskoi scored two goals against Anaheim; he had one goal in his previous six games.

Coyotes D Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a goal and had 11 shot attempts (7 SOG) in a 4-1 win at Toronto…Maple Leafs C Nazem Kadri had a strong possession game (17 for, 4 against, 81.0 CF%, 8-3 scoring chances) against Arizona…Sharks D Brent Burns launched 15 shot attempts (7 SOG) against Anaheim…Sharks LW Timo Meier had strong possession stats (18 for, 4 against, 81.8 CF%, 10-2 scoring chances) against Anaheim.

Flames G Mike Smith had 29 saves on 30 shots in a 4-1 win at Washington; he had a .872 save percentage in his previous five games…Coyotes G Antti Raanta stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 4-1 win at Toronto, giving him a .921 save percentage in his past eight games…Maple Leafs G Frederik Andersen turned away 27 of 29 shots in the loss to Arizona, and has a .966 save percentage in his past five games…Ducks G Reto Berra stopped 40 of 42 shots in a 3-2 shootout win at San Jose. He has a .932 save percentage in four appearances.

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