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Marchand leads Bruins PP beat

Monday, March 20, 2017


Penalty Killers dominated the special teams battle for most of the 23rd week of action, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to talk about! 

 

A quartet of outstanding talent led the way with three points each, as each of Andreas Athanasiou, Leon Draisaitl, Brad Marchand and Alex Pietrangelo reached the mark. The two youngsters boasting a trio of helpers to boot. Speaking of youngsters, Dylan Larkin was matched by the league's first great shootout artist Jussi Jokinen (remember those days!?) with two goals. 

 

Ahh but the seasonal numbers! What're they up to? Well first, a note on shots: only three players have cracked 80 thus far, and it'll be a tight race to see if any reach triple-digits. Jakub Voracek (80), Tyler Seguin (83) and Alex Ovechkin (86) have the honors. But it's a totally different trio who sit atop the leader boards in points with 28 – Phil Kessel, Nicklas Backstrom and Claude Giroux. Seguin, to be fair, has 27 points and more goals (10) than each of them.  

 

Continuing the theme of threes we have our assists leaders each with 23 – Victor Hedman and Rasmus Ristolainen are matched by Giroux. Only they along with Backstrom, Erik Karlsson, Kessel and Alexander Wennberg have collected as many as 20 power play helpers.  

 

As for the goals, wouldn't you know it, another trio tied for the top slot – Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and Nikita Kucherov all sport 15 power play goals.  

 

Scheduling notes – Every team plays either three or four times this week. But it's Arizona, Buffalo, Boston, Detroit and San Jose who kick off the week of two games in two nights. Conversely it's Vancouver, Philadelphia, the Rangers, New Jersey, and Minnesota who play two over the weekend. 

 

Good luck! 

 

  

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ANAHEIM 


Cam Fowler: 12 points (5 goals) 225:55 of power play time this season 

Corey Perry18 points (3 goals) in 209:09 

Ryan Kesler: 18 points (7 goals) in 203:55 

Ryan Getzlaf: 17 points (5 goals) in 199:06 

Sami Vatanen: 12 points (2 goals) in 183:03 

Rickard Rakell: 10 points (5 goals) in 137:04 

 

The Ducks went 0/7 on the power play during the 23rd week of action, bringing their season's sum to 40/217 or 18.4%. Well so much that "big step in the right direction." Curiously, Patrick Eaves has played just 21:51 over 10 games with the Ducks with one shot on net. This, after scoring 11 goals and 16 points with Dallas on the man-advantage.  

 

 

ARIZONA 


Oliver Ekman-Larsson17 points (7 goals) in 271:11 of power play time this season 

Radim Vrbata: 14 points (3 goals) in 203:08 

Alex Goligoski: 5 points in 153:54 

Martin Hanzal: 8 points (4 goals) in 151:25 

Max Domi: 5 points (a goal) in 131:20 

Shane Doan: 5 points (3 goals) in 112:31 

 

The Coyotes went 0/10 on the power play during the 23rd week of action, bringing their season's sum to 31/213 or 14.6%. After going 4/19 on the man-advantage leading up to his past week, going 0/10 is quite the let-down. Christian Dvorak, Tobias Rieder and Brendan Perlini continue to see big boosts in time on the man-advantage. As do Anthony DeAngelo and Jakob Chychrun as it's clear that coach Dave Tippett is using the end of the season to give the youngsters full reign.  

 

 

BOSTON 


Torey Krug: 21 points (4 goals) in 236:16 of power play time this season 

Patrice Bergeron: 15 points (7 goals) in 207:17 

Brad Marchand: 21 points (8 goals) in 192:56 

David Krejci: 13 points (7 goals) in 189:39 

Ryan Spooner: 15 points (3 goals) in 181:18 

David Pastrnak: 21 points (9 goals) in 171:16 

 

The Bruins went 3/8 on the power play during the 23rd week of action, bringing their season's sum to 45/216 or 20.8%. Beantown continues to surge with the man-advantage. Over this past week, Marchand led the way with a goal and three points. Pastrnak and Krejci also lit the lamp, as the youngster also added an assist. Krug pitched in with a pair of helpers and Spooner contributed one as well.  

 

 

BUFFALO 


Rasmus Ristolainen24 points (a goal) in 243:47 of power play time this season 

Sam Reinhart: 17 points (9 goals) in 216:44 

Kyle Okposo: 22 points (7 goals) in 204:35 

Ryan O'Reilly: 21 points (7 goals) in 191:52 

Jack Eichel20 points (8 goals) in 163:35 

Matt Moulson: 16 points (10 goals) in 160:58 

 

The Sabres went 0/4 on the power play during the 23rd week of action, bringing their season's sum to 50/215 or 23.3%. The Sabres were no Beauts this past week, but that's okay. At least it won't ding their wallets, right? A note on 20-year-old American phenom Eichel, recall that his season didn't begin until Nov. 29th. He's already matched last season's PPG total and needs one more helper to do the same there. Through 51 games so far this season he has 20 goals and 49 points, he needed 81 games last year to score 24 goals and 56 points. Mighty impressive to say the least.  

 

 

CALGARY 


Sean Monahan: 13 points (6 goals) in 218:24 of power play time this season 

Johnny Gaudreau: 13 points (3 goals) in 199:51 

T.J. Brodie: 9 points (a goal) in 193:49 

Mark Giordano: 12 points (3 goals) in 190:31 

Troy Brouwer: 9 points (3 goals) in 167:04 

Dougie Hamilton: 14 points (2 goals) in 161:18 

 

The Flames went 1/9 on the power play during the 23rd week of action, bringing their season's sum to 44/224 or 19.6%. Johnny Hockey scored the lone goal, assisted by Kris Versteeg. Though what's most concerning is that Calgary posted just seven shots on net over those nine power plays.  

 

 

CAROLINA 


Justin Faulk: 10 points (3 goals) in 173:08 of power play time this season 

Jeff Skinner: 14 points (6 goals) in 157:48 

Victor Rask: 9 points (4 goals) in 154:14 

Sebastian Aho: 12 points (5 goals) in 152:47 

Teuvo Teravainen: 12 points (4 goals) in 152:16 

Noah Hanifin: 10 points (2 goals) in 144:41 

 

The Hurricanes went 2/14 on the power play during the 23rd week of action, bringing their season's sum to 35/200 or 17.5%. Oak City continues to plod along with the man-advantage as six members contributed to the success despite only two tallies. Derek Ryan and Staal lit the lamp, as Lee Stempniak, Elias Lindholm, Hanifin and Aho picked up helpers.  

 

 

CHICAGO 


Patrick Kane: 20 points (6 goals) in 238:52 of power play time this season 

Duncan Keith: 15 points (2 goals) in 223:01 

Artemi Panarin: 15 points (7 goals) in 217:29 

Brent Seabrook: 13 points (2 goals) in 188:32 

Jonathan Toews: 15 points (6 goals) in 159:26 

Artem Anisimov: 8 points (4 goals) in 151:40 

 

The Blackhawks went 1/6 on the power play during the 23rd week of action, bringing their season's sum to 37/198 or 18.7%. See! "Inadvisable", I said of taking penalties against the Windy City and what happens? Richard Panik lights the lamp assisted by Kane and Toews. Like clockwork! They're now 1/13 over the last pair of weeks.  

 

 

COLORADO 


Nathan MacKinnon: 11 points (2 goals) in 198:48 of power play time this season 

Tyson Barrie: 8 points in 197:22 

Mikko Rantanen: 10 point (4 goals) in 182:36 

Matt Duchene: 9 points (3 goals) in 167:16 

Gabriel Landeskog: 6 points (5 goals) in 143:25 

Jarome Iginla: 8 points (4 goals) in 138:15 

 

The Avalanche went 0/9 of power play time this season during the 23rd week of action, bringing their season's sum to 27/209 or 12.9%. The Mile High City has seen their man-advantage go up in smoke with three weeks in which they've failed to light the lamp, going a combined 0/25 in those weeks.  

 

 

COLUMBUS 


Zach Werenski: 21 points (4 goals) in 199:05 of power play time this season 

Alexander Wennberg: 22 points (2 goals) in 189:56 

Nick Foligno: 20 points (11 goals) in 188:02 

Cam Atkinson: 21 points (10 goals) in 185:21 

Sam Gagner: 18 points (8 goals) in 176:29 

Brandon Saad: 3 points (a goal) in 111:52 

 

The Blue Jackets went 1/6 on the power play during the 23rd week of action, bringing their season's sum to 41/191 or 21.5%. None other than Brandon Dubinsky lit the lamp, assisted by Seth Jones and Saad. The math has certainly swung in the other direction for Columbus on the man-advantage, but who cares, the Blue Jackets are going to the playoffs baby! 

 

 

DALLAS 


Tyler Seguin: 27 points (10 goals) in 237:06 of power play time this season 

John Klingberg: 15 points (4 goals) in 231:56 

Jamie Benn: 24 points (11 goals) in 217:39 

Patrick Eaves: 16 points (11 goals) in 187:21 

Jason Spezza: 19 points (2 goals) in 165:05 

Devin Shore: 5 points (a goal) in 136:08 

 

The Stars went 1/4 on the power play during the 23rd week of action, bringing their season's sum to 43/236 or 18.2%. Seguin scored the only goal, assisted by Spezza and Klingberg. Perhaps what's remarkable about Dallas' man-advantage is that it runs 18-deep. Though, the top six scorers still sit above. The dozen not seen in the list have posted a combined five goals and 19 points.  

 

 

DETROIT 


Henrik Zetterberg: 11 points (2 goals) in 213:46 of power play time this season 

Gustav Nyquist: 5 points (a goal) in 184:07 

Mike Green: 8 points (2 goals) in 179:02 

Frans Nielsen: 12 points (4 goals) in 172:41 

Tomas Tatar: 4 points (2 goals) in 171:24 

Thomas Vanek: 11 points (5 goals) in 136:08 

 

The Red Wings went 4/11 on the power play during the 23rd week of action, bringing their season's sum to 31/224 or 13.8%. Whoa! How about that last gasp of pride from MoTown as they get set to close out Joe Louis Arena. Andreas Athanasiou led the way with a trio of points, as Dylan Larkin did the same with two goals. Justin Abdelkader and Tatar also lit the lamp, as the latter also added an assist. Niklas Kronwall, Riley Sheahan, Zetterberg and Green also added helpers. 

 

 

EDMONTON 


Connor McDavid: 21 points (3 goals) in 207:04 of power play time this season 

Leon Draisaitl: 24 points (10 goals) in 196:04 

Milan Lucic: 20 points (7 goals) in 185:58 

Oscar Klefbom: 11 points (3 goals) in 166:41 

Jordan Eberle: 13 points (3 goals) in 159:57 

Andrej Sekera: 9 points (a goal) in 152:15 

 

The Oilers went 5/11 on the power play during the 23rd week of action, bringing their season's sum to 46/203 or 22.3%. Each of Mark Letestu, Patrick Maroon, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Lucic and Klefbom lit the lamp, as Draisaitl led the way with a trio of assists. Jordan Eberle also pitched in a pair, as each of Drake Caggiula, McDavid, Sekera, Lucic and Klefbom also contributed a helper to the cause.  

 

 

FLORIDA 


Keith Yandle: 14 points (2 goals) in 224:11 of power play time this season 

Vincent Trocheck: 12 points (2 goals) in 203:39 

Jaromir Jagr: 10 points (6 goals) in 198:09 

Aaron Ekblad: 8 points (4 goals) in 186:58 

Reilly Smith: 10 points (6 goals) in 174:28 

Jonathan Marchessault: 16 points (7 goals) in 173:24 

 

The Panthers went 2/13 on the power play during the 23rd week of action, bringing their season's sum 39/234 or 16.7%. Jussi Jokinen scored both goals, as trade deadline pick up Thomas Vanek matched him in points with two assists, and both Jason Demers and Trocheck also contributed a helper each. Through nine games now with the Panthers, Vanek has those two helpers with two shots in 21:51.  

 

 


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