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Panarin producing during the Blue Jackets’ big finish; Draisaitl, Larkin, Ovechkin, McCann and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Artemi Panarin – Columbus’ star winger recorded a hat trick and added an assist in a 5-3 win at the Rangers, giving him 22 points (10 G, 12 A) in the past 16 games. From the looks of it, he’s not merely a product of playing with Patrick Kane, because Panarin is generating similar scoring rates (0.92 points per game) and a career-best 2.84 shots per game this season.

Leon Draisaitl – Edmonton’s centre tallied a goal and three helpers in a 7-3 win at Carolina, matching his production from the previous eight games. Nevertheless, he’s up to 66 points in 69 games.

Dylan Larkin – Detroit’s speedy centre scored two goals and added an assist in a 5-4 shootout win over Philadelphia. He had just three assists in the previous 10 games.

Alex Ovechkin – Washington’s super sniper reclaimed the goal-scoring lead, tallying his 44th, and added two assists in a 4-3 win over Dallas. He has 23 points (12 G, 11 A) in the past 19 games.

Jared McCann – The Florida centre put up a goal and two helpers in a 7-2 win at Ottawa. He had one assist in his previous eight games.

Kyle Connor – Winnipeg’s rookie winger scored a pair of goals, including the overtime winner, in a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles. He has five goals in the past four games, and is two behind injured Canucks winger Brock Boeser for the rookie goal-scoring lead.

ZEROES

Mark Borwowiecki and Ben Harpur – It was a long night for the Senators defencemen, both of whom were on the ice for four goals against in a 7-2 loss to Florida.

Klas Dahlbeck and Justin Faulk – The Hurricanes defence duo was crushed (6 for, 14 against, 30.0 CF%, 2-7 scoring chances) and on the ice for four goals against in a 7-3 loss to Edmonton.

Marc Staal and Neal Pionk – The Rangers defence pairing had a tough night (8 for, 16 against, 33.3 CF%, 5-11 scoring chances) and was on the ice for three goals against in a 5-3 loss to Columbus.

Morgan Rielly and Ron Hainsey – Toronto’s defence tandem had a difficult time (7 for, 14 against, 3-10 scoring chances) and were on the ice for three goals against in a 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay.

Scott Darling – A miserable season continued for the Hurricanes netminder, as he gave up seven goals on 30 shots in a 7-3 loss to Edmonton. He has a .848 save percentage in his past eight games.

Craig Anderson – Ottawa’s veteran netminder allowed four goals on 17 shots before getting pulled from a 7-2 loss to Florida. He had a .923 save percentage in his previous four starts.

VITAL SIGNS

Matt Murray – Pittsburgh’s starting netminder returned to action, for the first time in three-and-a-half weeks after suffering a concussion, and allowed three goals on 39 shots in a 4-1 loss at the Islanders.

Patrik Laine – The Jets sniper suffered a foot injury when blocking a shot and was forced to leave a 2-1 overtime win against Los Angeles. Obviously, if it turns out that the foot is broken, that would be a major loss for Winnipeg.

Marc-Andre Fleury – The Golden Knights netminder was forced to leave a 4-1 win over Vancouver after the first period with an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Malcolm Subban, who stopped 21 of 22 shots in relief.

Ryan Callahan – Tampa Bay’s veteran winger suffered an upper-body injury against Toronto.

Brett Ritchie and Jason Spezza – A lower-body injury and back injury, respectively, kept the Stars forwards out of the lineup for a 4-3 loss at Washington.

SHORT SHIFTS

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JvR is raising his free agent price tag with a strong finish.

Maple Leafs LW James van Riemsdyk scored a pair of goals in a 4-3 loss at Tampa Bay; he has eight points (7 G, 1 A) in the past four games…Lightning LW Yanni Gourde picked up a pair of assists in a 4-3 win over Toronto and has seven points (2 G, 5 A) in the past eight games…Oilers LW Pontus Aberg produced a goal and two assists in a 7-3 win at Carolina; he had two assists in his previous eight games with Edmonton…Oilers D Yohan Auvitu, RW Jesse Puljujarvi and C Ryan Strome each had a goal and an assist. Auvitu had two assists in his previous 13 games, Puljujarvi had one goal in his previous nine games, and Strome had no points in his previous six games…Hurricanes RW Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist in a 7-3 loss to Edmonton. He has 12 points (5 G, 7 A) in the past 11 games...Islanders C Mathew Barzal recorded a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win against Pittsburgh and has 22 points (4 G, 18 A) in the past 18 games…Islanders C John Tavares contributed a couple of assists, giving him 11 points (2 G, 9 A) in the past eight games…Blue Jackets LW Nick Foligno and D Ian Cole both had a pair of assists in a 5-3 win at the Rangers. Foligno has five assists in the past three games and Cole has four points (1 G, 3 A) in the past five games.

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Same goes for John Carlson, who is putting up big numbers for Washington.

Stars LW Jamie Benn and RW Alexander Radulov both had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss at Washington. Benn has 15 points (6 G, 9 A) in the past 13 games and Radulov has six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past six games…Stars D John Klingberg added a pair of assists, and has four assists in the past four games…Capitals D John Carlson and RW T.J. Oshie both had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win vs. Dallas. Carlson has 14 points (4 G, 10 A) in the past 12 games, while Oshie has five points (4 G, 1 A) in the past four games…Capitals C Lars Eller added two assists against the Stars, giving him four points (2 G, 2 A) in the past four games…A bunch of Panthers – Nick Bjugstad, Evgeni Dadonov, Jamie McGinn, Frank Vatrano and Keith Yandle each had a goal and an assist in a 7-2 rout at Ottawa. Bjugstad has 14 points (6 G, 8 A) in the past 11 games, Dadonov has 25 points (12 G, 13 A) in the past 19 games, McGinn had one goal in his previous seven games, Vatrano has four points (2 G, 2 A) in six games with the Panthers, and Yandle has 11 points (1 G, 10 A) in the past 10 games.

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Tyson Barrie is riding an 11-game point streak.

Flyers C Sean Couturier and D Shayne Gostisbehere both had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss at Detroit. Couturier has seven points (1 G, 6 A) during a five-game point streak and Gostisbehere has five points (3 G, 2 A) in the past five games…Avalanche C Alexander Kerfoot scored a pair of goals in a 5-1 win at Chicago, ending a 12-game scoring drought…Avalanche D Tyson Barrie and RW Mikko Rantanen both had a goal and an assist against the Blackhawks. Barrie has 15 points (6 G, 9 A) during an 11-game point streak and Rantanen has 23 points (7 G, 16 A) in the past 12 games…Avalanche C Nathan MacKinnon added two assists, giving him 30 points (14 G, 16 A) in the past 15 games...Sharks D Brent Burns earned three assists in a 6-2 win against New Jersey. He has 46 points (9 G, 37 A) in the past 47 games…Sharks LW Barclay Goodrow contributed a goal and an assist, matching his production from his previous 16 games, and D Brenden Dillon added two assists, giving him six points (2 G, 4 A) during a five-game point streak.

Avalanche G Semyon Varlamov turned away 44 of 45 shots in a 5-1 win at Chicago, and has a .963 save percentage in his past five starts…Islanders G Chris Gibson stopped 36 of 37 shots in a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh. He has a .936 save percentage in five starts…Kings G Jack Campbell had 36 saves on 38 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss at Winnipeg, giving him a .927 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