Leo Komarov led the league in hits for a second straight week. He compiled a total of 20 in three matches and chipped in two points. Komarov was credited with nine hits against division rival Boston on Nov. 21. He entered this week with 101 hits after 21 games to rank second in the league. Cody McLeod and Radko Gudas were just behind the Leafs agitator with 19 body checks apiece last week. McLeod racked up 12 hits versus Toronto on Nov. 17. Gudas' high for hits in a game last week came on Nov. 17 against Los Angeles when he had nine. He leads all defensemen and sits third in the NHL with 96 body collisions in 17 games. Hit leader Matt Martin had 18 in three contests. He picked up 13 in two games against Montreal last week.
David Savard topped all skaters with 13 blocks in four games. Savard has 42 hits and 40 blocks in 22 contests this season to go with nine assists and a minus-11 rating. His Columbus teammate, Ryan Murray had 12 blocks last week. He has stopped 35 shots and has contributed 10 points in 22 appearances this campaign. Alexander Edler had a great week with 12 blocks, four assists and seven shots in four contests. He has 47 blocks this year, which puts him in a tie for 10th in the league. Matt Calvert led all forwards with eight blocks in four matches. He has 13 stops in 22 games this year.
Claude Giroux dominated on the draw in three appearances. He led the league with 51 faceoff wins and he lost just 29. The bulk of his wins came against Los Angeles on Nov. 17 when he won 24 of 28 for an 85.7 success rate. Giroux entered this week with a league-leading 296 wins on 495 puck drops. Bryan Little's improvement in the circles continued last week when he won 49 draws and lost 34. He was better than 50 percent in each of his three outings, which included a 64.3 winning percentage on Nov. 18 versus Vancouver. Ryan O'Reilly has given Buffalo an excellent faceoff presence this season. He won 47 draws in three games for a 55.9 success rate. O'Reilly is second in the NHL with 281 faceoff victories and he has a winning percentage of 58.4 this season. The 24-year-old went 16 for 21 against St. Louis on Nov. 19 in his best performance of the week. Mikko Koivu was 68 percent or better in all three of his contests. He won 11 of 15 draws against Boston on Nov. 19. Koivu is currently riding a six-game point streak as well.