Chicago tough guy Brandon Bollig led all skaters with 18 hits in three games last week. His physical play ramped up against Anaheim and Boston, where he notched seven hits in both contests, which shows that he isn't a liability when the Blackhawks play the league's better teams. Bollig even scored a goal versus the Bruins giving his 10 points in 51 games.
Phoenix defenseman Michael Stone was right behind him with 17 hits, but he accomplished that total in four matches. He had six body checks against New Jersey on Saturday, Jan. 18. Stone ranks first on the Coyotes' defense corps with 95 hits in 41 games this campaign.
Tampa Bay blueliner Radko Gudas has flexed his fantasy hockey muscles this season in leagues that credit hits, blocks and penalty minutes. He was credited with 16 hits, eight blocks and six penalty minutes in five contests last week. Gudas also has 15 points and a plus-7 rating in addition to ranking seventh in the league with 96 minutes in the sin bin.
Twenty-year-old rookie Zemgus Girgensons amassed 13 of his 16 hits last week in one game. His offensive contributions have been few and far between this year, but he has shown flashes of being a talented power forward.
Matt Carle had 19 shot blocks in five games to lead all skaters last week. He also chipped in two assists and five hits. Carle leads the Lightning with 108 shot defenses this season.
Anaheim rearguard Ben Lovejoy was credited with 13 shot blocks in just three contests and seven of them came in Friday's loss against Chicago. He leads the Ducks in blocks (97) and hits (120) in 49 matches this campaign. Lovejoy also has 13 points and a plus-17 rating.
Black and blue weeks are nothing new for Rangers defenseman Daniel Girardi, who registered 12 hits and 11 blocks in four outings. He also had two assists and a plus-6 rating. It shouldn't come as a surprise that Girardi leads his club with 124 hits and 92 blocks after 51 games this year.
Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf led all forwards with eight blocks last week. The star center leads all forwards with 61 blocks in 47 contests this season. He also produced two goals, three assists and five hits in three matches. Getzlaf won just 27 of his 65 faceoffs over that span.
Ottawa's Zack Smith was outstanding on faceoffs last week. He won 42 draws and lost only 17 in three games. Smith topped 68% success rates twice and in his other contest he won 16 of 21 against Minnesota on Jan. 14.
Eric Staal emerged victorious on 41 of 66 puck drops in three contests. He also recorded a goal and three assists. Staal owns a 51.5 success rate on faceoffs this season and he leads the Hurricanes with 908 total draws taken.
Claude Giroux helped the Flyers control 40 of 64 pucks on faceoffs over four matches. He had rough outings in the circle on two occasions on the road, but in both of his home appearances he won over 70% of his faceoffs. He has taken 1097 draws on the year, which is the second-highest total in the league, and he's won 51.5% of them.
Henrik Zetterberg won 32 faceoffs and lost 16 in two contests last week. He was especially good against Los Angeles this past Saturday when he won 17 of 22 drops, while adding a goal and an assist in a 3-2 shootout victory.