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Maple Leafs have a big week

Monday, January 9, 2017

It was a fun week in the NHL, but especially so if you love seeing penalty killers excel at their jobs as the scoring was down a bit in the 13th week of action. Even so, let's take a quick romp through the leaders.


James van Riemsdyk led with five helpers and points, as his teammate Nazem Kadri topped all by lighting the lamp three times. The big T.O. led the league with six power play goals on a leading 16 opportunities as well.


For the season, the first man to 20 points is...


No one, yet. Cam Atkinson leads with 19 as Victor Hedman boasts 18 points, followed by a trio with 17. Hedman meanwhile leads the way with 16 helpers, trailed by the next Nicklas Backstrom named Alexander Wennberg trails by a tally. As for the first player to 10 goals...


Sorry, again, false alarm. Atkinson tied some guy named Sidney Crosby at nine, who are followed by a quintet at eight markers.


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Cam Fowler: 11 points (5 goals) in 142:08 of power play time this season

Corey Perry: 14 points (2 goals) in 133:58

Ryan Kesler: 15 points (7 goals) in 129:41

Sami Vatanen: 10 points (2 goals) in 125:22

Ryan Getzlaf: 13 points (2 goals) in 122:10

Antoine Vermette: 6 points (3 goals) in 79:43


The Ducks went 0/10 on the power play during the 13th week of action, bringing their season's sum to30/135 or 22.2%. Since not much has changed since last week, let's take a look at how some of their youngsters have performed thus far. Rickard Rakell ranks fifth on the team in power play points with seven, including four goals in 67:12. Hampus Lindholm has a pair of points in 53:48. Rookies Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour – a point in 40:42 over 21 games, nothing in 12:39 over five games. Finally, fellow rookie Ondrej Kase has nothing to show for his efforts in 8:29 over 26 games. Honestly, feels more like untapped talent than a lack thereof.



Oliver Ekman-Larsson: 11 points (5 goals) in 161:44 of power play time this season

Radim Vrbata: 7 points (2 goals) in 112:42

Martin Hanzal: 6 points (3 goals) in 97:23

Alex Goligoski: 4 points in 86:37

Max Domi: 4 points (a goal) in 69:54

Anthony DeAngelo: 6 points (2 goals) in 59:18


The Coyotes went 1/6 on the power play during the 13th week of action, bringing their season's sum to 17/118 or 14.4%. Arizona's man-advantage has been so woeful this season that even during DeAngelo's three-game suspension he still managed to maintain his top-three slot on the team in power play points with six! But there's a bit of light beginning to glimmer at the end of the tunnel, Max Domi has been begun skating (without pucks).




Torey Krug: 8 points in 139:05 of power play time this season

David Krejci: 8 points (4 goals) in 129:47

Patrice Bergeron: 5 points (3 goals) in 122:11

Ryan Spooner: 6 points (2 goals) in 110:01

Brad Marchand: 9 points (3 goals) in 107:26

David Backes: 4 points (2 goals) in 97:35


The Bruins went 2/12 on the power play during the 13th of action, bringing their season's sum to 19/131 or 14.5%. John-Michael Liles returned to the blue line on Sunday, 20 games since he last played with 19 due to his recovery from a concussion. He didn't tick the stat sheet but he saw 70-second's worth of time. If he can help boost their man-advantage, expect him to see quite a bit of extra time.




Rasmus Ristolainen: 15 points (a goal) in 142:57 of power play time this season

Sam Reinhart: 10 points (4 goals) in 135:11

Kyle Okposo: 15 points (6 goals) in 132:37

Matt Moulson: 12 points (7 goals) in 108:36

Ryan O'Reilly: 12 points (3 goals) 96:32

Brian Gionta: 1 point in 72:39


The Sabres went 3/12 on the power play during the 13th week of action, bringing their season's sum to 28/128 or 21.9%. Jack Eichel had another quality week, boosting his totals to four goals and seven points with 17 shots in 63:56. There are 17 power play points spread away from the top-six above, Eichel has seven of them including four of the seven goals.




Sean Monahan: 9 points (4 goals) in 137:01 of power play time this season

Mark Giordano: 10 points (2 goals) in 126:34

Johnny Gaudreau: 10 points (2 goals) in 117:19

T.J. Brodie: 6 points (a goal) in 114:29

Troy Brouwer: 8 points (3 goals) in 104:25

Dougie Hamilton: 6 points in 89:16


The Flames went 4/12 on the power play during the 13th week of action, bringing their season's sum to 29/140 or 20.7%. Mark it 7/23 over the last two weeks on the man-advantage. Captain Giordano leads with four points, but it's a three-way tie between Mikael Backlund, Michael Frolik and Kris Versteeg who lead with a pair of goals. To wit Calgary's looked like a premier power play team lately, spreading their points 10-deep over the span.



Jeff Skinner: 12 points (5 goals) in 95:22 of power play time this season

Victor Rask: 7 points (3 goals) in 94:35

Justin Faulk: 5 points (a goal) in 90:05

Noah Hanifin: 7 points (2 goals) in 89:55

Teuvo Teravainen: 7 points (3 goals) in 87:16

Lee Stempniak: 4 points (2 goals) in 82:30


The Hurricanes went 1/13 on the power play during the 13th week of action, bringing their season's sum to 21/116 or 18.1%. Carolina has gone 1/18 on the man-advantage over the last two weeks, so who has the one marker? Why it's Mr. Skinner, of course. Aided by Rask and Noah Hanifin. The lack of production hasn't been for a lack of trying as they've pumped 26 shots on net over that span.




Patrick Kane: 12 points (2 goals) in 162:29 of power play time this season

Artemi Panarin: 13 points (7 goals) in 150:37

Duncan Keith: 9 points in 150:17

Brent Seabrook: 10 points (2 goals) in 132:36

Artem Anisimov: 7 points (4 goals) in 110:08

Jonathan Toews: 6 points (3 goals) in 98:32


The Blackhawks went 1/9 on the power play during the 13th week of action, bringing their season's sum to 24/130 or 18.5%. Keith has but one goal this season, and as you can see it isn't on the power play. But that's not so unusual. He has 23 power play goals now through 12 seasons, averaging a marker short of two-even per campaign. In fact during his pair of Norris Trophy seasons Keith scored just a trio of PPG's each, with 13 helpers in 2009-10 and 18 helpers in 2013-14.




Tyson Barrie: 6 points in 131:16 of power play time this season

Nathan MacKinnon: 7 points (2 goals) in 124:42

Mikko Rantanen: 7 points (3 goals) in 111:15

Matt Duchene: 6 points (2 goals) in 106:26

Jarome Iginla: 6 points (2 goals) in 98:59

Gabriel Landeskog: 2 points (both goals) in 76:31


The Avalanche went 2/10 on the power play during the 13th week of action, bringing their season's sum to 18/132 or 13.6%. When Erik Johnson went down on Dec. 3rd, he had five power play points. That would rank him right where he is today, sixth on the team in power play points. Which is ahead of Landeskog, in case you didn't notice. In fact, there's a 30-minute time difference between the two in Johnson's favor spread over just six more games. - Trust me, I double checked. Hopefully it won't have to be darkest before dawn in Denver.




Zach Werenski: 12 points (3 goals) in 115:44 of power play time this season

Alexander Wennberg: 15 points (2 goals) in 109:01

Nick Foligno: 16 points (7 goals) in 108:21

Cam Atkinson: 19 points (9 goals) in 107:59

Sam Gagner: 14 points (6 goals) in 104:21

Brandon Saad: 2 points (a goal) in 65:32


The Blue Jackets went 3/14 on the power play during the 13th week of action, bringing their season's sum to 31/116 or 26.7%. Let's take a look at how Columbus performed collectively on the power play during their 16-game winning streak, shall we? They went 15/53 or 28.3%. Atkinson led with nine points, and was matched only by Gagner in lighting the lamp four times. Their points spread ran 11-deep, including Jack Johnson, William Karlsson, and Scott Hartnell with a point each and the former two scoring a goal. Gagner had eight points; Werenski and Wennberg had seven points; Foligno had five points; and finally each of Saad, Seth Jones and Brandon Dubinsky had a pair.



Tyler Seguin: 15 points (7 goals) in 145:55 of power play time this season

John Klingberg: 9 points (a goal) in 139:10

Jamie Benn: 12 points (6 goals) in 136:66

Patrick Eaves: 11 points (8 goals) in 126:57

Jason Spezza: 12 points (a goal) in 107:41

Devin Shore: 3 points in 89:36


The Stars went 2/6 on the power play during the 13th week of action, bringing their season's sum to 25/145 or 17.2%. They've been without their captain since the New Year began, Eaves and Klingberg have the two goals in his absence. While Klingberg and Spezza lead with two points each. Cody Eakins has been the big winner of Jamie Benn's time on the shelf, seeing 5:00 of his season's 9:01 total time on the power play and he has a point in that time. The production may no be eye-popping but that level of opportunity certainly is.

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