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Schwartz keeps St. Louis’ playoff hopes alive; Guentzel, Stepan, Gibson and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Jaden Schwartz – The Blues winger scored two goals, and had team-best possession (18 for, 7 against, 72.0 CF%, 6-2 scoring chances) in a 2-1 overtime win against Boston. He has 11 points (4 G, 7 A) in the past 10 games, and has 53 points in 53 games this season; he’s been excellent, if overlooked somewhat because he missed time with injury and the Blues are still battling for a spot in the postseason. They’re currently two points behind Los Angeles, with one game in hand.

Jake Guentzel – Pittsburgh’s sophomore winger produced a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win over Montreal, and has 14 points (3 G, 11 A) in the past 14 games.

Derek Stepan – Arizona’s veteran leader provided a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win at Buffalo; he has 19 points (4 G, 15 A) in the past 21 games.

John Gibson – Anaheim’s Vezina Trophy candidate posted a 29-save shutout in a 4-0 win at Calgary, and has a .943 save percentage in his past 12 games.

ZEROES

Cam Fowler and Brandon Montour – The Ducks defence duo was stuck in their own end (5 for, 22 against, 18.5 CF%, 1-9 scoring chances) in a 4-0 win against Calgary.

Mike Smith – The Flames continued their late-season slide, and the Flames goaltender allowed three goals on 11 shots, getting pulled after two periods from a 4-0 loss to Anaheim. He has a .861 save percentage in six starts, winning once, since returning from injury.

VITAL SIGNS

Carey Price – Montreal’s star netminder returned to the Canadiens lineup, allowing five goals on 39 shots in a 5-3 loss at Pittsburgh. He has a career-low .903 save percentage this season.

SHORT SHIFTS

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The Penguins still have these guys, and it works for them.

Penguins C Sidney Crosby and C Evgeni Malkin both had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win over Montreal. Crosby has 43 points (10 G, 33 A) in the past 32 games, and Malkin has 59 points (29 G, 30 A) in the past 37 games…Penguins RW Phil Kessel added a couple of assists, giving him 16 points (5 G, 11 A) in the past 13 games…Blues C Brayden Schenn had a pair of assists in a 2-1 overtime win vs. Boston, and has five points (1 G, 4 A) in the past five games…Coyotes RW Clayton Keller contributed two assists in a 4-1 win at Buffalo, and has 19 points (6 G, 13 A) in the past 20 games…Ducks D Francois Beauchemin had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win at Calgary; he had two assists in his previous 18 games…Coyotes G Antti Raanta stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 4-1 win at Buffalo, giving him a .950 save percentage in the past dozen games…Flames RW Michael Frolik had a stellar game (21 for, 4 against, 84.0 CF%, 8-2 scoring chances) in a losing effort against Anaheim.

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