Trocheck turns up the heat for Florida, Nylander and Matthews take it to Tampa Bay, Antti Raanta doing the job in Arizona, and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.
Vincent Trocheck – The Panthers centre recorded his first career hat trick, and had 12 shot attempts (6 SOG), in a 7-5 win at Edmonton. He has surpassed 20 goals for the third consecutive season and has put up 14 points (6 G, 8 A), and 54 shots on goal, in the past 12 games.
William Nylander – Toronto’s second-year winger buried a pair of goals and added an assist in a 4-3 win against Tampa Bay. He’s picked up the pace lately, with 13 points (5 G, 8 A) in the past 10 games, and is now on pace for 64 points.
Auston Matthews – Usually pulling the trigger for the Maple Leafs, their franchise centre earned three assists in a 4-3 win over the Lightning, giving him 14 points (7 G, 7 A) in the past 11 games.
Antti Raanta – Arizona’s goaltender came through with 37 saves on 38 shots in a 6-1 win over Chicago. He’s posted a .927 save percentage in his past dozen starts and, when healthy, seems to be up to the task of being a starting goaltender in the league.
Jordan Oesterle – The Blackhawks blueliner was on the ice for four goals against in a 6-1 loss at Arizona. Over the past five games, he’s been on the ice for one goal for and nine against during 5-on-5 play.
Tyler Johnson – The Lightning winger was on the wrong side of the puck (7 for, 14 against, 33.3 CF%, 3-9 scoring chances) and was on the ice for three goals against in a 4-3 loss at Toronto.
Nazem Kadri – While other Toronto lines were faring all right, Kadri had a tough game (11 for, 21 against, 34.4 CF%, 6-11 scoring chances) and was on the ice for two goals against in a 4-3 win against Tampa Bay.
Andrei Vasilevskiy – He’s having a great season, but Tampa Bay’s netminder allowed four goals on just 23 shots in a 4-3 loss at Toronto, giving him a .901 save percentage in his past 13 starts.
Cam Talbot – A tough season continues for the Oilers netminder, who allowed six goals on 39 shots in a 7-5 loss to Florida. He has a .891 save percentage in his past six starts.
Maple Leafs D Jake Gardiner contributed a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win vs. Tampa Bay, and has 15 points (1 G, 14 A) in the past 12 games…Lightning LW Alex Killorn and RW Nikita Kucherov both had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss at Toronto. Killorn has 10 points (5 G, 5 A) in the past six games and Kucherov has 10 points (3 G, 7 A) in the past eight games…Panthers RW Evgeni Dadonov scored a pair of goals, and had 11 shot attempts (6 SOG), in a 7-5 win at Edmonton. He had two points (1 G, 1 A) in the previous seven games…Panthers D Aaron Ekblad and RW Denis Malgin both contributed a goal and an assist at the Oilers. Ekblad has nine points (5 G, 4 A) in the past 10 games and Malgin has seven points (4 G, 3 A) in the past eight games…Panthers LW Jonathan Huberdeau, D Mike Matheson, and D Keith Yandle each produced a pair of assists. Huberdeau has 21 points (9 G, 12 A) in the past 19 games, Matheson has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past six games, and Yandle has eight points (2 g, 6 A) in the past six games…Oilers LW Patrick Maroon and C Connor McDavid both had a goal and an assist in a 7-5 loss to Florida. Maroon had one assist in his previous seven games, while McDavid has piled up 19 points (9 G, 10 A) in the past 12 games…Coyotes LW Max Domi, RW Clayton Keller and D Alex Goligoski each produced a goal and an assist in a 6-1 rout over Chicago. Domi had no goals and four assists in his previous 18 games, Keller had four points (1 G, 3 A) in the previous 10 games, and Goligoski has six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past four games…Coyotes rookie RW Christian Fischer added a couple of assists, giving him seven points (1 G, 6 A) in the past eight games…Blackhawks rookie RW Alex DeBrincat scored a goal, and had 17 shot attempts (7 SOG), in a 6-1 loss at Arizona.
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