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Chris Kunitz is still a factor

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET



Ryan Reaves dominated in this category last week as he was credited with 23 hits in four contests.  He now has 106 hits in 29 games in 2015-16.  His 23 hits was seven above the next best player last week, Dion Phaneuf.  The Maple Leafs blueliner accomplished that feat over three contests and now has 78 hits in 34 games this season.  Chris Kunitz dished out 11 hits in three games last week.  He's sixth in the league with 136 hits in 35 contests.  The fact that he's kept his physical edge has been a silver lining as his offensive output has declined (he has 12 points this season).  Brandon Dubinsky was credited with six hits against Tampa Bay on Saturday and dished out another five hits versus Florida on Sunday.  He's up to 91 hits in 31 games.




Alexander Edler blocked seven shots against the Lightning on Dec. 22 and has now recorded at least two blocked shots in five straight games.  He has 82 blocks in 36 games this season.  Matt Niskanen got in front of 10 shots in just two contests last week.  That's an unusual outburst for him as he had 48 blocks in his 32 previous games.  Alex Pietrangelo had him beat last week though with a league-leading 13 blocks, although it obviously helped that he was involved in four games over that span.  He now has 70 blocks in 38 games in 2015-16.  Alex Goligoski was credited with nine blocked shots in four games last week, including six against Chicago on Dec. 22.  That brought him up to 74 blocks in 37 games this season.




Paul Stastny won 41-of-73 draws last week, including 14-of-22 versus Dallas on Saturday.  He has a 57.8 winning percentage this season, which is consistent with his 57.9% in 2014-15.  Ryan Kesler won 32-of-42 faceoffs on Dec. 22 and Sunday.  That's brought his winning percentage up to 57.6 in 34 contests in 2015-16.  Patrice Bergeron got the edge in 41-of-67 draws in three games last week.  He has a 56.5% success rate in 35 contests in 2015-16, which is roughly on par with his career average of 56.7%.  Sean Monahan has only won 48.6% of his faceoffs so far this season, but stood out last week by winning 29-of-43 draws.

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