Raffl rocking for the Flyers; Karlsson, Kopitar, Trocheck, fantasy and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.
Michael Raffl – The Flyers winger scored twice in a 4-3 win over Detroit, and he’s picked up his game lately, putting up seven points (4 G, 3 A) in the past five games.
Erik Karlsson – Ottawa’s playmaker on the blueline scored the overtime winner and added two assists in a 3-2 win against Minnesota. Barring a surprising turn of events in the final month, Karlsson will be the first defenceman to lead the league in assists since Bobby Orr in 1974-1975.
Anze Kopitar – Earned a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win at Dallas, and has 10 points (4 G, 6 A) in the past eight games.
Vincent Trocheck – The Panthers centre lost a tooth and produced a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win at Montreal, giving him 10 points (2 G, 8 A) in the past eight games.
Alex Goligoski – He scored a goal, yet still managed to be minus-4 in a 5-2 loss to Los Angeles, that means he was on the ice for all five Kings goals.
Luke Glendening – The Red Wings’ checking centre doesn’t drive play, but he was locked in the defensive zone (4 for, 25 against, 13.8 SAT%) and on the ice for two goals against in a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia.
Leo Komarov – The Leafs’ leading goal-scorer suffered a lower-body injury against Tampa Bay and did not play in the final 12 minutes of the third period.
Jean-Francois Berube – Stopped 33 of 34 shots for the Islanders in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Penguins. The barely-used goaltender has a .924 save percentage in four games this season.
Jussi Jokinen – Missed Florida’s win in Montreal with a lower-body injury, leaving Jiri Hudler to join Trocheck and Reilly Smith, while Teddy Purcell returned to the Panthers’ lineup, to play with Nick Bjugstad and Logan Shaw.
Trevor Carrick – A fourth-round pick in the 2012 Draft, Carrick made his NHL debut for the Hurricanes in a 2-1 overtime loss at Washington. He had 37 points (9 G, 28 A) and a minus-20 rating in 58 AHL games before getting called up.
Anthony Mantha - The 20th pick in the 2013 Draft by the Red Wings made his NHL debut in the 4-3 loss at Philadelphia. The 6-foot-5 winger had 45 points (21 G, 24 A) and a plus-18 rating in 56 games, including 16 points (9 G, 7 A) in the past 13 games with Grand Rapids.
Red Wings LW Tomas Tatar picked up a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss at Philadelphia, and has eight points (3 G, 5 A) in the past nine games…Maple Leafs rookie RW Zach Hyman had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over Tampa Bay; he has four points (3 G, 1 A) in the past five games…Maple Leafs C Ben Smith delivered a goal and an assist against Tampa Bay; he had one assist in 14 previous games this season…Sharks RW Joonas Donskoi had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win vs. Boston. He had no goals and three assists in his previous 14 games…Penguins C Eric Fehr and LW Conor Sheary played 4:49 together at even strength against the Islanders, and recorded nine shot attempts while allowing none against.
Players with diminishing returns late in the season, yet still owned in more than half of TSN leagues:
Ryan Callahan – The Lightning winger has gone eight straight games without a point. Owned: 63.0%
Leon Draisaitl – Has three points (1 G, 2 A) in the past seven games but, more notably, is playing 15:37 per game in that span. Owned: 86.6%
Marcus Johansson – He’s moved to third-line centre in Washington and has no goals and two assists in the past eight games. Owned: 51.2%
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