Colorado’s big line goes off against Washington, Tampa Bay’s stars keep rolling, Schenn, Barzal, Spurgeon, Andersen, Luongo and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.
Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen – Colorado’s top line dominated play in a 6-2 win over Washington. Landeskog recorded a hat trick and had a dozen shot attempts (7 SOG), and has 10 points (6 G, 4 A) in the past nine games. Rantanen contributed a goal and three assists, giving him 10 points (5 G, 5 A) in the past seven games. MacKinnon is stepping into a leadership role for the Avalanche, and after a goal and four assists against Washington, he has 15 points (5 G, 10 A) in the past seven games.
Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov – The league’s top two scorers put the hammer down in a 6-1 win on Dallas. Stamkos put up two goals and two assists, giving him 11 points (4 G, 7 A) during a five-game point streak. Kucherov, with a goal and two assists against Dallas, has 12 points (4 G, 8 A) during his own five-game point streak.
Brayden Schenn – St. Louis’ top line centre continues to put up numbers. He had two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win at Edmonton, giving him 19 points (5 G, 14 A) in the past 12 games.
Mathew Barzal – The Islanders rookie centre had a goal and two assists in a 6-4 win over Carolina. He’s on a tear, with 17 points (4 G, 13 A) in the past 13 games.
Jared Spurgeon – The Wild blueliner produced a goal and two assists, while playing a season-high 29:13, in a 6-4 win against Nashville. He had two assists in his previous six games.
Frederik Andersen – Toronto’s goaltender turned away all 42 shots he faced in a 1-0 overtime win against New Jersey. On the best three-game stretch of his season, Andersen has a .965 save percentage over his past three starts.
Roberto Luongo – Florida’s veteran netminder posted a 35-save shutout in a 2-0 win at San Jose. He has a .960 save percentage in his past four starts.
Joshua Ho-Sang – The Islanders winger had a difficult game (3 for, 13 against, 18.8 CF%, 2-9 scoring chances), didn’t generate a shot attempts, and was on the ice for two goals against in a 6-4 win against Carolina.
Derrick Pouliot and Alexander Edler – The Canucks defence pair had favourable possession numbers (15 for, 10 against, 60.0 CF%) but was on the ice for three goals against in a 5-2 loss to Vegas.
Calle Jarnkrok, Colton Sissons and Miikka Salomaki – The Nashville trio was crushed (1 for, 10 against, 9.1 CF%) in a 6-4 loss at Minnesota.
Ben Bishop – Returning to Tampa Bay didn’t go well for the Stars goaltender, who allowed six goals on 28 shots in a 6-1 loss. He’s going through a rough stretch, with a .873 save percentage in his past eight games.
Philipp Grubauer – A tough year continues for Washington’s backup goaltender, who allowed six goals on 28 shots in a 6-2 loss at Colorado. He has a .876 save percentage in eight appearances.
David Krejci – The Bruins got their second-line centre back for a 2-1 win at Los Angeles. He had missed nearly four weeks with a back injury.
Torey Krug – The Boston defenceman missed the win at Los Angeles with an upper-body injury.
Tyson Barrie – Colorado’s puck-moving blueliner missed the win against Washington with an upper-body injury.
Radko Gudas – Philadelphia’s bruising blueliner is going to be facing a lengthy suspension after clubbing Jets winger Mathieu Perreault in the head with his stick.
Mathieu Perreault – Oh, and a reminder that Perreault returned to the Winnipeg lineup after missing a month with a lower-body injury.
Nolan Patrick – The Flyers rookie centre was back in the lineup after missing three weeks due to a concussion.
Jakub Vrana – Washington’s rookie winger was a healthy scratch for a 6-2 loss at Colorado. He had two points (2 G, 0 A) in his previous 13 games.
Chris Wideman – The Senators defenceman was shifted to forward against Pittsburgh, playing with Alex Burrows and Nate Thompson. He also assisted on Ottawa’s only goal in a 3-1 loss.
Vladislav Kamenev – Playing his first game for the Avalanche, after being acquired from Nashville, the 21-year-old centre suffered a broken arm against Washington.
Coyotes C Christian Dvorak and RW Christian Fischer both produced a goal and an assist in a 5-4 win at Montreal. Dvorak has 10 points (3 G, 7 A) in the past 13 games, while Fischer had two points (1 G, 1 A) in his previous seven games…Canadiens C Tomas Plekanec picked up a pair of assists, giving him seven points (2 G, 5 A) in the past nine games…Carolina RW Sebastian Aho produced a goal and an assist in a 6-4 loss at the Islanders, and has nine points (2 G, 7 A) in the past eight games…Hurricanes LW Teuvo Teravainen and C Jordan Staal both contributed a couple of assists at the Islanders. Teravainen has 13 points (4 G, 9 A) in the past 10 games, and Staal has eight points (2 G, 6 A) in the past four games…Islanders RW Josh Bailey, RW Cal Clutterbuck and D Nick Leddy each contributed a goal and an assist in a 6-4 win over Carolina. Bailey has 17 points (2 G, 15 A) in the past 12 games, Leddy has 12 points (4 G, 8 A) in the past nine games, and Clutterbuck had two points (1 G, 1 A) in his previous nine games…Islanders LW Anders Lee added a couple of assists, and has 17 points (7 G, 10 A) in the past 12 games…Lightning D Mikhail Sergachev contributed a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win over Dallas. He had two assists in his previous seven games…Lightning D Victor Hedman had a pair of assists, and has 12 points (1 G, 11 A) in the past 11 games…Predators C Ryan Johansen scored his first goal of the season, and added two assists, in a 6-4 loss at Minnesota. He had two assists in his previous eight games…Predators RW Viktor Arvidsson and D Mattias Ekholm both had a goal and an assist at Minnesota. Arvidsson has seven points (4 G, 3 A) in the past six games, and Ekholm has eight points (2 G, 6 A) in the past eight games…Flyers C Sean Couturier and RW Jakub Voracek both had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 shootout loss at Winnipeg. Couturier has 14 points (7 G, 7 A) in the past 11 games, and Voracek has 13 points (5 G, 8 A) in the past 11 games…Blues D Alex Pietrangelo earned a couple of assists in a 4-1 win at Edmonton, and has 18 points 7 G, 11 A) in 20 games…Golden Knights LW Erik Haula, C William Karlsson, LW Jonathan Marchessault, and LW David Perron all had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win at Vancouver. Haula has eight points (4 G, 4 A) in his past six games, Karlsson has 14 points (7 G, 7 A) in the past 14 games, Marchessault has 12 points (5 G, 7 A) in the past 12 games, and Perron has nine points (2 G, 7 A) during a six-game point streak.
Canadiens RW Brendan Gallagher scored a goal and had a dominant game (18 for, 3 against, 85.7 CF%, 7-2 scoring chances) in a 5-4 loss to Arizona…Devils LW Taylor Hall had 11 shot attempts (7 SOG) in a 1-0 overtime loss at Toronto…Devils rookie D Will Butcher had strong possession numbers (17 for, 5 against, 77.3 CF%)…Sharks D Brent Burns launched 15 shot attempts (6 SOG) in a 2-0 loss to Florida…Sharks RW Kevin Labanc had a strong possession game (19 for, 4 against, 82.6 CF%, 9-1 scoring chances) in a 2-0 loss to Florida.
Lightning G Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 of 29 shots in a 6-1 win over Dallas, giving him a .944 save percentage in his past dozen starts…Flyers G Brian Elliott had 31 saves on 33 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss at Winnipeg. He has a .954 save percentage in his past five starts…Jets G Connor Hellebuyck stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 overtime win against Philadelphia, and has a .932 save percentage in the past nine games…Blues G Jake Allen turned away 29 of 30 shots in a 4-1 win at Edmonton; he had a .860 save percentage in his previous four games.
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