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Marchand brings the Bruins back; Benn, Subban, Smith, Ryan, and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Brad Marchand – Boston’s star winger set up the tying goal and scored the winner in overtime in a 3-2 victory at Detroit. He’s on a six-game point streak, recording 10 points (4 G, 6 A) since returning from injury. Since the start of the 2015-2016 season, Marchand ranks sixth in the league in goals scored.

 

GOAL LEADERS SINCE 2015-2016

PLAYER TEAM GP G
Alex Ovechkin Washington 193 104
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 187 93
Vladimir Tarasenko St. Louis 194 93
Patrick Kane Chicago 195 91
Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay 181 91
Brad Marchand Boston 177 88
Jamie Benn Dallas 191 80
Filip Forsberg Nashville 194 79
John Tavares N.Y. Islanders 186 79
Jeff Skinner Carolina 191 76

Jamie Benn – Dallas’ captain put up a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win at the Islanders. He has eight points (2 G, 6 A) in the past seven games.

P.K. Subban – Nashville’s star blueliner scored a pair of goals in a 7-1 win at Vancouver, snapping a seven-game scoring drought.

Craig Smith – The Nashville winger produced a goal and two assists in a 7-1 rout at Vancouver, giving him eight points (4 G, 4 A) in the past six games.

Bobby Ryan – The slumping Senators winger had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win against the Rangers. He had just three points (1 G, 2 A) in his previous 13 games.

ZEROES

Alexander Burmistrov and Sam Gagner – The Canucks forwards had a brutal night (3 for, 15 against, 16.7 CF%) and were on ice the for two goals against in a 7-1 loss to Nashville.

Derrick Pouliot – Vancouver’s emerging young blueliner had a rough game and was on the ice for four goals against in a 7-1 loss to Nashville.

Jonathan Ericsson – The veteran Red Wings defenceman had a difficult night (10 for, 19 against, 34.5 CF%, 0-8 scoring chances) in a 3-2 overtime loss to Boston.

Anders Nilsson – Although he did record 41 saves, the Canucks netminder still allowed seven goals on 48 shots in a 7-1 loss to Nashville, giving him a .894 save percentage in his past six games.

VITAL SIGNS

Ryan Johansen and Scott Hartnell – The Predators had these two forwards back in the lineup for their 7-1 win at Vancouver. Johansen contributed a couple of assists, giving him 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in his past 10 games.

Martin Hanzal – Dallas’ oft-injured centre was back in the lineup against the Islanders, his first game after a couple of weeks on the shelf.

Alexander Radulov – The Stars winger suffered a lower-body injury and left the game against the Islanders. Updates on his status still to come.

Alex Burrows – With no goals and one assist in the past 15 games, the veteran Sens winger was a healthy scratch for a 3-2 win against the Rangers.

SHORT SHIFTS

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Anders Lee is a prolific, if underrated, scorer.

Stars RW Tyler Pitlick scored two goals in a 5-2 win at the Islanders, giving him seven points (3 G, 4 A) in the past 10 games…Stars D John Klingberg added a pair of assists, and has 16 points (1 G, 15 A) in the past 19 games…Islanders LW Anders Lee scored a pair of goals in the loss to Dallas. He has 17 points (11 G, 6 A) in the past 15 games…Islanders C John Tavares and RW Josh Bailey assisted on both of Lee’s goals. Tavares has 15 points (5 G, 10 A) in the past 13 games, and Bailey has 17 points (2 G, 15 A) in the past 14 games…Bruins D Torey Krug recorded two assists, giving him seven points (1 G, 6 A) in the past seven games…Predators LW Filip Forsberg and LW Kevin Fiala both produced a goal and an assist in a 7-1 win at Vancouver. Forsberg has 17 points (7 G, 10 A) in the past 15 games, and Fiala has 14 points (6 G, 8 A) in the past 14 games.

Bruins G Tuukka Rask stopped 31 of 33 shots in a 3-2 overtime win at Detroit, giving him a .944 save percentage in his past seven games…Predators G Pekka Rinne turned away 25 of 26 shots in a 7-1 win at Vancouver, and has a .935 save percentage in the past 10 games.

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