Edmonton's Rob Klinkhammer led all skaters with 21 hits in three games. He has been physical since being acquired by the Oilers from Pittsburgh in the David Perron trade. Klinkhammer was credited with 10 hits against Chicago on Jan. 9. He has amassed 106 hits in 33 appearances this campaign between Arizona, Pittsburgh and Edmonton. Bryan Bickell has looked more like his playoff-self recently. He amassed 19 hits and tallied four points, including three goals, in four contests for Chicago. If he can maintain a spot on a line with Patrick Kane and Brad Richards then he has value as a power forward. Winnipeg rookie Adam Lowry racked up 18 hits in four outings. He has contributed two assists to give him 10 points in 42 games. Lowry ranks second among all first-year players with 133 hits. Jets teammate Dustin Byfuglien has been excellent since returning to the back end. He accounted for 17 hits, three assists and 10 shots in four games.
Washington's John Carlson led the pack with 15 blocks in three matches. He also chipped in a goal and two helpers during that time. Carlson ranked second on the Capitals with 90 blocks in 41 contests going into this week's action. Brooks Orpik leads Washington in hits (160) and blocks (110) and he added to those totals in three appearances last week. He posted 14 hits and 14 blocks along with six penalty minutes. The black and blue defender doesn't have any scoring potential, but he is an option if you are just looking for real-time stats. Colorado blueliner Erik Johnson also posted 14 blocks last week in three games. He tallied two goals and leads all NHL defensemen with 12 markers. Johnson has been a good all-around defender this year. Chicago's Ben Smith finished first among forwards with seven blocks in four matches. Smith has posted nine points and 46 blocks in 43 contests this year. He ranks third on the Blackhawks, behind defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Duncan Keith, in average ice time on the penalty kill (2:33).
Flyers captain Claude Giroux won 46 draws and lost 37 in three games last week. His best night in the circle came in a 3-2 win over Washington when he won 18 of the 28 puck drops he took. Giroux entered this week's action with a league-leading 1,045 total faceoffs and he had won 56.1 percent of them. The next-closest player was Boston's Patrice Bergeron, who had taken 957 draws. The Bruins pivot was successful in three games last week as well. He won 59.7 percent of his faceoffs and he topped 66 percent in two of those contests. Edmonton's Boyd Gordon was dominant last week, winning 41 of 51 faceoffs. He lost just one draw on 14 drops against Florida on Jan. 11 and he won 19 of the 21 draws he took versus Detroit on Jan. 6. Gordon ranks seventh in the league with a 56.6 percent win rate. Ryan Kesler has helped out Ryan Getzlaf this season by lessening some of his faceoff responsibilities. Kesler won 34 draws and lost only 13 in two matches. He posted 21 wins and a 75 percent win percentage versus Winnipeg on Jan. 11 to close out the week. Kesler leads the Ducks with a 56.5 percent win rate on 890 draws this season.