Islanders hit machine Matt Martin led the pack with 21 hits in four outings. He had five body checks versus the Rangers on Mar. 10 after he had seven the night before against Toronto. Martin leads the league with 347 hits in 70 games. He has 56 more hits than teammate Cal Clutterbuck, who ranks second overall. Zac Rinaldo amassed 20 hits in four appearances to give him a total of 168 in 47 games. He started the week with seven against the Stars and he closed it with five versus the Ottawa Senators. Pittsuburgh's Blake Comeau and Toronto's Leo Komarov tied for third with 19 body collisions apiece. Comeau was very physical in weekend games Boston and Detroit, where he was credited with eight and seven hits, respectively. He has 28 points and 151 hits in 48 games this year. Komarov has racked up 204 checks in 51 tilts. He began the week with eight versus the Islanders.
Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators and Montreal's Andrei Markov tied for the league lead last week with 14 blocks each. Josi did it in four games, while Markov accomplished that total in three matches. Josi had a well-rounded week with 10 hits, 15 shots and two points, which is representative of the year he is having. He has picked up 12 goals, 49 points and 194 blocks in 71 games. Markov has solid in that regard this campaign as well, with 41 points and 151 stops in 69 outings. New York Rangers blueliners Daniel Girardi and Ryan McDonagh turned aside 13 shot attempts apiece. Girardi leads the team with 144 blocks in 68 games, while McDonagh sits third with 114 in 57 appearances. In New York's 2-0 win over Buffalo on Mar. 14, Girardi and McDonagh were only players on the Rangers who were credited with shot blocks and they both had two. Matt Duchene led all forwards with 11 blocks in only three matches. He posted five blocks against Los Angeles on Mar. 10 and another five versus New Jersey on Mar. 12. Duchene has 62 blocks in 69 games this season, which ranks him 12th in the NHL among forwards.
Patrice Bergeron led all forwards with 61 faceoff wins last week. He took 108 draws in four games and won 56.5 percent of them. Bergeron had his best showing against Washington on Mar. 15 when he won 18 draws and lost only seven. He still leads the league with a 59.7 winning percentage on a whopping 1,578 total faceoffs. Pavel Datsyuk won 52 of 82 puck drops in four contests. He dominated the Blue Jackets on Mar. 12 when he emerged victorious on 73.7 percent of his 19 faceoffs. Datsyuk also added a goal and three assists last week. He leads the Red Wings in draws taken this year with 1,019 and he's won 53.3 percent of them. Tyler Bozak topped 50 wins in the circle as well last week, with 51 on 78 total faceoffs. His minus-8 rating in four games will scare off plenty of people, depending on your league, but he was quick on the draw. He won 15 puck drops and lost just three versus the Islanders on Mar. 9, but he struggled a bit against Calgary last Friday when he went 10 of 21 in the dots. Ryan Kesler had 51 faceoff victories too last week over four matches. His best performance came on Mar. 15 against Nashville when he won 68 percent of his 25 faceoffs. Kesler sits ninth overall in the league with a 56 percent win rate on 1,456 draws.