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HBD: Maatta Making Sacrifices



William Carrier is continuing to establish himself as the league’s new force to be reckoned with when it comes to hits at the age of 23.  He’s recorded 16 hits over his last three games, including nine on Nov. 10.  He’s up to 87 hits in 18 contests, which is 17 more than the next best player.  Alexander Petrovic is on a 12-game multi hit streak.  He has 50 hits in 15 contests this season.  Rasmus Ristolainen recorded nine hits on Nov. 13 and has been credited with at least two hits in each of his last four games.  That brings him up to 57 hits in 18 contests.  Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 14 hits over his last four contests.  He has 43 hits in 17 games.





Olli Maatta has blocked at least two shots in each of his last five games.  He’s up to 31 blocks in 15 contests after setting a career-high last season with 115 blocks.  Nick Seeler has blocked 13 shots over his last five contests.  He has 32 blocks in 18 games in 2018-19.  Robert Hagg blocked four shots on Nov. 8 and added another five on Nov. 13.  In 18 contests this season, he’s been credited with 33 blocks.  Dmitry Orlov has 12 blocks in his last four games.  He has 30 blocks and 30 hits in 17 games.




Dylan Larkin has taken another step forward in his fourth NHL campaign.  He has seven goals and 18 points in 18 games, putting him on course to surpass his 2017-18 total of 63 points.  He’s also been an asset on the draw for the first time in his career.  After finishing 2017-18 with a 49.9% success rate, he’s up to 54.4% this season and has won the majority of his draws in each of his last four games.  Ryan O'Reilly won 48-of-74 draws (64.9%) over his last three contests.  That brings him up to a 63.0 winning percentage in 15 games this season.  Aleksander Barkov won 68.2% of his draws on Nov. 8 and 63.2% on Nov. 11.  He’s been somewhat hit-and-miss this season, but he’s averaged out to a 52.5% success rate.  I tend to focus on the players that are doing well, but Joe Pavelski was just 31-for-82 (37.8%) over his last five games.  He’s dropped to a 49.7% success rate in 19 games this season, down from 54.9% in 2017-18.

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