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Isles shine in hits, blocks

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

Hits

 

New York Islanders forwards Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck have been dominating the league in the hits category all this season and last week was no exception.  Martin was credited with 28 hits in five contests, to become the first player in 2014-15 to surpass the 300 mark.  More precisely, he now has 303 hits in 61 games after recording 359 in 79 contests in 2013-14.   Clutterbuck was just shy of him with 26 hits last week.  He's delivered at least three hits per game in each of his last 18 contests.  Brandon Dubinsky recorded 21 hits in four games last week, including seven against Philadelphia on Feb. 17.  He now has 106 hits in 32 games this season.  Washington's Tom Wilson has dished out at least three hits in five consecutive games.  He's up to 139 hits in 48 contests in 2014-15.

 

Blocks

 

The Islanders lead the league in hits this season and they're a strong team when it comes to blocks too (fifth overall).  It's usually not Brian Strait that leads the charge in that regard for the Islanders, but he did last week by getting in front of 16 shots over four contests.  He has 57 blocks in 37 games in 2014-15.  Blueliner Johnny Boychuk, who is leading the Islanders in this category, had a prolific week too with 12 blocks in five games.  He's gotten in front of 106 blocks in 51 contests in 2014-15.  Montreal's Tom Gilbert lead the pack with 19 blocks in four games last week.  He's tied for 19th place in the league with 114 blocks in 55 games.  Roman Josi stopped 16 shots in four games last week.  He has 150 blocks in 57 contests this season.

 

Draws

 

Ryan O'Reilly won 52 of 81 faceoffs last week, including 20 of 26 against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.  He has a 52.2 winning percentage in 60 games, which is up from his career average of 51.5%.  Carolina's Jordan Staal claimed 40 of 67 draws in four contests last week.  That boosted his season success rate on the draw to 54.0%.  In addition to being on a four-game point streak, Sean Monahan has also won 38 of 65 draws over that span.  Typically he's not that effective as he's won 50.3% of his faceoffs in 2014-15.  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins won 37 of 65 faceoffs in four games last week, including eight of 11 against Minnesota on Friday.  He has a 47.0% success rate, which is actually a substantial improvement on his 42.4 winning percentage in 2013-14.

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