Poulin: Andersen putting himself in Vezina conversation
Frederik Andersen’s as hot as any goaltender, Tom Wilson makes the most of a great opportunity, Adam Henrique has made a smooth transition to his new team and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.
Frederik Andersen – Toronto’s netminder stopped 47 of 48 shots in a 2-1 shootout win over Calgary. He has a .953 save percentage in his past 11 starts.
Over the past month, that places Andersen tops in the league (minimum 300 minutes):
SAVE PERCENTAGE LEADERS OVER THE PAST MONTH (MIN. 300 MINUTES)
|Andrei Vasilevskiy||Tampa Bay||10||598:04||.943|
|Henrik Lundqvist||N.Y. Rangers||10||545:15||.937|
|Cory Schneider||New Jersey||11||652:59||.930|
Tom Wilson – The Capitals enforcer, getting a chance to skate with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin with T.J. Oshie out of the lineup, scored two goals and added two assists in a 6-2 win against Chicago. He had five assists in his previous 14 games, but he is taking advantage of his opportunity to play more this season – Wilson’s 13 points in 25 games is easily the best per-game production of his career.
Adam Henrique – The move to Anaheim is working well for Henrique, who scored a pair of goals in a 3-0 win against Ottawa. Since coming over in a trade from New Jersey, he has five points (2 G, 3 A) during a four-game point streak.
Brandon Saad, Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane – The Blackhawks trio had positive possession stats, but were still on for three goals against in a 6-2 loss at Washington.
Anton Forsberg – Chicago’s goaltender was pulled after allowing three goals on 10 shots at Washington. He had been playing well, with a .928 save percentage in his previous six appearances.
Jaromir Jagr – Calgary’s 45-year-old winger missed the 2-1 shootout loss at Toronto due to a lower-body injury.
Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin put up a goal and three helpers against Chicago, giving him 12 points (8 G, 4 A) in the past seven games…Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom produced a goal and two assists against the Blackhawks; it was his first goal in 22 games, and yet the playmaking pivot still has eight points (1 G, 7 A) in the past seven games…Flyers LW Claude Giroux had a couple of assists in a 4-2 win at Edmonton, giving him nine points (2 G, 7 A) in the past eight games…Flyers RW Wayne Simmonds contributed a goal and an assist; he had four points (2 G, 2 A) in his previous 12 games...Ducks G Ryan Miller posted a 29-save shutout in a 3-0 win vs. Ottawa, and has a .945 save percentage in eight games.
Travis Boyd – We missed noting the 24-year-old’s NHL debut on Monday, so here’s the note that he played his second career game Wednesday against Chicago. A sixth-round pick in 2011 who went to the University of Minnesota, Boyd had 20 points (3 G, 17 A) in 23 AHL games before getting called up.
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