Brandon Dubinsky paced the league with 19 hits in four appearances. He was credited with seven against Washington and he had five versus Philadelphia to close out the week. Dubinsky leads Columbus with 106 body checks in 37 games this season. Adam Erne registered 15 hits in his first four NHL contests. He made his big-league debut last Tuesday with Tampa Bay. He looked more comfortable in his last two matches with 10 combined hits. Unfortunately for him, Erne has been returned to the minors. NHL hit leader Mark Borowiecki added 15 more collisions to his total in just two games. He had nine against Edmonton and six versus Washington. The Senators defender has 174 hits in 37 games this campaign, which gives him an average of 4.7 per contests. Luke Schenn also had 15 hits, but he did it in three games. He accounted for six at Anaheim. He has racked up 129 body checks in 36 matches to move him into the top five.
Alexander Edler topped all skaters with 14 blocks in four games. He made his return to the lineup from a fractured finger Dec. 28 and he has played well for the Canucks. Edler finished last week with two assists and 10 blocks over two contests. Michael Stone had 12 blocks in three games. He stopped seven shots by Vancouver and five against Anaheim. Stone also had five hits in that tilt with the Ducks. He hasn’t generated much offense this season, but he does have 62 hits and 64 blocks in 28 outings. Niklas Hjalmarsson turned aside 11 shots and contributed three points for the Blackhawks. He reached a career high when he scored his fifth goal of the season against Nashville. Hjalmarsson also had one assist and four blocks in that contest. He ranks fifth in the league with 98 stops in 42 matches. Adam Henrique had seven shots hit him in four games. He was credited with five against Carolina when he also had a goal and a helper. Henrique has 39 blocks in 41 games, which ranks him among the top 10 among all forwards this season.
Patrice Bergeron led the pack with 49 faceoff wins and he lost just 31 over four contests. He went 18 for 24 against Edmonton 13 for 21 versus Florida in his best performances of the week. Bergeron hasn’t struggled on the draw this season like he has offensively with 525 wins (second in the league) and a 57.9 winning percentage on 907 total puck drops. Jonathan Toews has been great in the circles this year, with a 58.3 winning percentage, but he didn’t blow away the competition in four appearances last week. He still managed to go 50 percent or better in three games and he finished strong (13 for 20) against Nashville. Toews won 44 faceoffs to place just behind Bergeron. Paul Stastny had 42 wins on the draw and four points in just three matches. He was especially great versus Carolina when he went 16 of 23 for a 69.6 percent success rate. Stastny’s 54.7 winning percentage this year is just above his career average of 53.6 percent. Mike Fisher had 40 victories and a 59.7 winning percentage in four outings. He topped 60 percent win rates twice and missed double digits in faceoff wins once when he had nine against Chicago. Fisher has a career best 54.9 winning percentage this season.