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Marner may be emerging from his slump, Vanek gets tricky, Theodore stars in Vegas’ big win; Staal, Burakovsky, Khudobin and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Mitch Marner – Toronto’s sophomore winger delivered a monster game with a goal and three assists in an 8-1 matinee win over Carolina. It’s been a disappointing season, so far, but he snapped a 15-game goal drought and does have eight points (1 G, 7 A) in the past six games.

Thomas Vanek – Vancouver’s veteran winger recorded a hat trick and added an assist in a 7-5 loss to Montreal. The outburst followed a nine-game stretch during which he managed a single goal and no assists.

Shea Theodore – The Vegas blueliner busted out with a goal and three helpers in a 4-3 win against Tampa Bay. He had one assist in his previous nine games.

Eric Staal – Minnesota’s veteran centre tallied a couple of goals and added an assist in a 6-4 win at Ottawa, giving him eight points (4 G, 4 A) in the past six games.

Andre Burakovsky – The Capitals winger scored a pair of goals and added an assist in a 4-3 overtime win at Dallas. He had three points (1 G, 2 A) in his previous 11 games.

Anton Khudobin – Boston’s backup netminder posted a 36-save shutout in a 3-0 win at Buffalo, bouncing back from a rough three-game stretch that saw him post a .800 save percentage.

ZEROES

Dion Phaneuf – The veteran Senators defenceman was on the ice for four goals against in a 6-4 loss to Minnesota. Partner Cody Ceci was on for four goals against, too, but was on for one goal for.

Jakub Vrana, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie – The Washington trio was buried (5 for, 20 against, 20.0 CF%, 3-14 scoring chances) in a 4-3 win at Dallas.

Rickard Rakell – The Anaheim winger had a tough game (14 for, 17 against, 45.2 CF%) and was on the ice for three goals against in a 4-1 loss at the Rangers.

Scott Darling – It’s been a tough transition to a starting job for the Carolina goaltender, and he gave up eight goals on 36 shots in an 8-1 loss at Toronto Tuesday afternoon. He has a .870 save percentage in his past six starts.

Thomas Greiss – The Islanders netminder surrendered five goals on 21 shots in a 6-3 loss to Detroit, leaving him with a .834 save percentage in his past seven games.

VITAL SIGNS

Mika Zibanejad – The Rangers’ first-line centre returned to action, and played a season-low 13:32, after missing more than three weeks with a concussion.

T.J. Oshie – Washington’s winger returned to the lineup after a couple of weeks on the sidelines with a concussion.

Brandon Montour – Anaheim’s 23-year-old blueliner was a healthy scratch at the Rangers. His recent possession numbers haven’t been great, but better than average on the Anaheim defence, however he was minus-3 in the previous night’s loss at New Jersey.

SHORT SHIFTS

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Daniel Carr has had an instant impact since getting called up from the AHL.

Maple Leafs C Tyler Bozak scored one goal and added three assists in an 8-1 win over Carolina, and has seven points (3 G, 4 A) in the past six games…Maple Leafs LW James van Riemsdyk contributed a goal and two assists; he had three goals in his previous 10 games…Red Wings centres Dylan Larkin and Henrik Zetterberg both had three assists in a 6-3 win at the Islanders. Larkin had four points (1 G, 3 A) in his previous 11 games, while Zetterberg has seven points (1 G, 6 A) during a four-game point streak…Islanders RW Josh Bailey scored a goal and added an assist against Detroit, and has 11 points (5 G, 6 A) during a six-game point streak…Islanders C John Tavares picked up a pair of assists, giving him 11 points (2 G, 9 A) during five-game point streak…Canadiens LW Daniel Carr, C Phillip Danault and D Jeff Petry each had a goal and an assist in a 7-5 win at Vancouver. Carr has nine points (3 G, 6 A) in eight games since being recalled from the AHL, Danault has nine points (4 G, 5 A) in the past nine games, and Petry has eight points (2 G, 6 A) in the past 11 games…Canadiens LW Nicolas Deslauriers had the first two-goal game of his career against Vancouver, and has six points (3 G, 3 A) in the past seven games…Canadiens LW Max Pacioretty added a couple of assists, matching his production from the previous six games…Canucks rookie RW Brock Boeser and LW Daniel Sedin both had a goal and an assist against Montreal. Boeser has 10 points (7 G, 3 A) in the past 10 games, and Sedin has 15 points (4 G, 11 A) in the past 15 games…Canucks C Henrik Sedin contributed a couple of assists, giving him 18 assists in the past 15 games…Rangers LW Paul Carey scored two goals in a 4-1 win against Anaheim, and has six points (3 G, 3 A) in the past nine games…Rangers C David Desharnais and D Nick Holden both chipped in a couple of assists. Desharnais has nine points (1 G, 8 A) in the past 10 games, and Holden had two assists in his previous 17 games…Wild D Nate Prosser had a goal and an assist in a 6-4 win at Ottawa; he had one assist in his previous nine games…Wild RW Charlie Coyle and D Ryan Suter both had a pair of assists at Ottawa; Coyle had one assist in his previous five games, and Suter has six assists in the past six games…Senators D Erik Karlsson scored two goals against Minnesota; he had no goals and three assists in his previous 15 games…Senators C Derick Brassard contributed a goal and an assist against the Wild, after managing one goal in his previous 10 games…Senators LW Mike Hoffman and RW Mark Stone both earned two assists against Minnesota. Hoffman had two assists in his previous seven games, and Stone has five assists in the past four games…Jets LW Nikolaj Ehlers scored two goals in a 6-4 win at Nashville, giving him 14 points (9 G, 5 A) in the past 15 games…Jets D Tyler Myers put up three assists, and has eight points (2 G, 6 A) in the past 10 games…Jets C Adam Lowry, LW Brandon Tanev and RW Blake Wheeler each had a goal and an assist at Nashville. Lowry has six points (3 G, 3 A) in the past seven games, Tanev had no goals and four assists in his previous 19 games, and Wheeler has 16 points (4 G, 12 A) in the past 12 games…Predators LW Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist in the loss to Winnipeg, giving him 11 points (7 G, 4 A) during an eight-game point streak…Capitals RW Brett Connolly recorded a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win at Dallas, and has six points (5 G, 1 A) in the past nine games…Capitals C Lars Eller added two assists, after posting one assist in his previous 12 games…Stars RW Alexander Radulov contributed a goal and an assist in the loss to Washington, and has four points (3 G, 1 A) in the past four games…Panthers RW Evgeni Dadonov produced a pair of assists in a 3-2 win at Arizona, matching his production from the previous eight games…Golden Knights LW David Perron had three assists in a 4-3 win against Tampa Bay, giving him 19 points (3 G, 16 A) in his past 15 games…Golden Knights C Erik Haula and LW Jonathan Marchessault both added a goal and an assist. Haula has 10 points (5 G, 5 A) during a seven-game point streak, and Marchessault has 21 points (8 G, 13 A) in his past 16 games…Lightning D Victor Hedman recorded a goal and two assists in the loss at Vegas, and has seven points (2 G, 5 A) in the past four games. Lightning C Steven Stamkos added a goal and an assist, giving him eight points (2 G, 6 A) in the past seven games…Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov earned a pair of assists, giving him 27 points (10 G, 17 A) in the past 19 games...Hurricanes LW Brock McGinn had a strong possession game (28 for, 6 against, 82.4 CF%, 12-3 scoring chances) and wasn’t on for any goals against in an 8-1 loss at Toronto.

Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist had 39 saves on 40 shots in a 4-1 win vs. Anaheim, and has a .940 save percentage in his past 13 games…Maple Leafs G Frederik Andersen stopped 32 of 33 shots in an 8-1 win over Carolina, giving him a .948 save percentage in his past 15 starts…Panthers G James Reimer turned away 39 of 41 shots in a 3-2 win at Arizona, and has a .936 save percentage in his past five starts.

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