Jack Johnson is a plus-nine this season.
This is the first time in his career that Johnson is a plus-player but it is coming at a cost as he is not seeing any power play time as coach John Tortorella is using Zach Werenski and Seth Jones on the point, relegating Johnson and Ryan Murray to the bench with the man=advantage. "They’re not happy about it," Tortorella said. "Trust me, they’re not happy. But I think it’s a great lesson for our young players to look at them and how they’re handling it.
"We split up for the (power play) meeting and there’s Jack and Murr, still in the dressing room. That’s hard, because I know they want to be a part of it. But it doesn’t affect how they come to work each day, and that’s a big for us." Johnson has five assists this season and has still been a force on the blueline.
Jaccob Slavin led the Carolina Hurricanes with seven shots on goal Sunday.
The defenseman had only 32 in 24 games heading into action Sunday so this came out of nowhere. Slavin has a goal and seven points in 25 games and while he has some offensive upside, it hasn't translated into points thus far.
Alex Chiasson picked up the Gordie Howe hat trick on Sunday.
The Gordie Howe hat trick is a goal, an assist and a fight and Chiasson actually did better than that as he had a pair of helpers. Chiasson has five goals and 10 points this season with 19 penalty minutes.
Matt Stajan had a goal and two assists Sunday in an 8-3 win over Anaheim.
Stajan has not been a point producer but is up to three goals and 10 points this season with a plus-five rating in 28 games. He should not be on your radar.
Micheal Ferland hurt his hand in a fight with Kevin Bieksa Sunday and did not return.
It was one of three fights on the night in the Calgary-Anaheim game and it was the opening bout of the game. Ferland only played 42 seconds Sunday as he doubled his penalty minute total to 10. He has four goals and 10 points this season in 28 games. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sam Bennett returned to center on Sunday with the return of Johnny Gaudreau to the lineup.
Gaudreau was expected to be out four-six weeks with a broken finger but returned to the lineup after 19 days, prompting Bennett to be placed back at center rather than on the first line. He had a goal and three points in the game and now has six goals and 15 points in 28 games. He has 32 penalty minutes to give him more value in leagues that use the category.
Brendan Perlini was the NHL's rookie of the month for November.
Perlini was recalled by the Coyotes Sunday and deservedly so as he had nine goals and 12 points. The 20-year-old had 25 goals and 45 points in 57 OHL games last season in an off-year offensively, but he has turned things around this season in his first as a professional.
Antoine Vermette was a minus-three Sunday.
Vermette was a minus-one in his previous game and is a minus-four this season. Vermette has a huge benefit in some fantasy pools as he is the best in the league this year at the faceoff dot but his four goals and five assists aren't exactly great stats to help you win a pool.