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Keith great without puck too

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

Hits

 

Dave Dziurzynski only made his season his season debut with Ottawa on Dec. 5, but in six games he's already been credited with 24 hits.  That's thanks in large part to Monday's 5-3 victory over Los Angeles as he got nine hits in that contest.  Dziurzynski's teammate, Mark Borowiecki, had five hits against the Kings and another nine hits in Saturday's game versus Montreal.  He ranks second in the league with 136 hits in 31 contests. Alexei Emelin has recorded at least three hits in each of his last five contests.  That brings him up to 85 hits in 24 games in 2015-16.  Boston's Zac Rinaldo has recorded at least three hits in seven straight games, including 12 hits in his last two contests alone.  He now has 89 in 26 contests, putting him well on his way to breaching the 200-mark for the third straight season. 

 

Blocks

 

Duncan Keith has only been held off of the scoresheet twice in his last 10 games, but he's also done his part without the puck.  In fact over that same span he's blocked at least one shot in nine contests and now has 36 blocks in 21 games.  His teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson has been a bigger contributor in that regard though.  He's blocked at least three shots in four consecutive contests and has been credited with a total of 60 blocks in 31 contests.  Erik Johnson has blocked at least three shots in six consecutive games, giving him 74 in 31 games this season.  He finished the 2014-15 campaign with 107 blocks in 47 contests.  Ryan Murray has recorded 11 blocks over his last three games.  He has 57 blocks in 32 contests in 2015-16.

 

Draws

 

Jonathan Toews has broken at least even when it comes to faceoffs in each of his last six contests.  He's won 60.8% of his draws this season compared to his career average of 57.1%.  Ryan O'Reilly has won at least 58% of his draws in three of his last four games.  His 58.9% success rate in 2015-16 is far ahead of his career average of 52.7%.  Patrice Bergeron has won at least 56% of his draws in four straight games and exceeded the 70% mark in two of them.  That's helped push his faceoff winning percentage to 55.5, although it still pales in comparison to his 60.2% success rate of 2014-15.  Ryan Johansen went 11-for-23 on the draw on Monday, but before that he had won at least 60% of his faceoffs for six straight games.  He has a 52.1% success rate this season.

Ryan Dadoun
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