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Flames lead the NHL in blocks

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

 

 

Hits

 

Leo Komarov was credited with a league high 21 hits. He also chipped in two assists in those four outings. The Leafs winger moved into second place in the NHL in total hits, with 81 in 18 games, going into this week's action. Philadelphia blueliner Radko Gudas threw his weight around with 20 hits in just three matches. His best night came on Nov. 14 against Carolina when he amassed nine body collisions. Gudas sits fourth in the NHL with 77 hits. Cal Clutterbuck finished just behind them with 18 hits last week. He registered seven hits in two of his three appearances. He is third in the league with 79 body checks. Colorado's Cody McLeod rounds out this week's top hit performers. He posted a total of 17 over three contests. He also contributed a goal, an assist and a fighting major.

 

Blocks

 

Mark Giordano just beat out Calgary teammate Kris Russell for the most shot blocks last week. He earned 18 while Russell had 17. Russell leads all skaters with 68 stops this season and Giordano ranks third with 51. Those Flames defenders will probably be near the top of the league in the shot-blocking category all year long.  Calgary leads the NHL with 326 blocks.  Dan Girardi turned aside 15 shots in four games. He also picked up a goal and three assists during that time for a rare offensive outburst. Girardi ranks 11th in the NHL with 39 blocks this season. New York Rangers winger Jesper Fast picked up seven blocks last week. He sits 11th among all forwards with 17 saves.

 

Draws

 

Sean Monahan led the pack with 58 faceoff wins in four contests. He won nearly 60 percent of his draws, which is a vast improvement from his 47.3 success rate on the season. Monahan has been below 50 percent in his previous two campaigns as well and it's an aspect of his game that he knows he has to better on. He has had plenty of practice too, as he leads the league with 438 puck drops. Bryan Little is another player who entered the season looking to improve his work on the draw. He won 42 and lost 31 in three matches last week. His best performance came in a 5-3 loss to Minnesota when he won 17 of 28 faceoffs and posted three points. Boyd Gordon had the next highest faceoff win total last week at 43. He posted just 28 losses over four outings and hit winning percentages of 68.7 on two occasions. Gordon leads the Coyotes with a 58.6 success rate this season. Los Angeles pivot Anze Kopitar posted a 59.7 winning percentage on 67 faceoffs last week. He had a rough outing against the New York Islanders when he lost 11 of 21 puck drops, but he topped 60 percent success rates in his other two appearances. Kopitar ranks 11th in the NHL with 184 wins this season,

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.