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Kris Russell turns aside shots

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET



Jeff Petry played in his first four game with the Montreal Canadiens last week and he accounted for 16 hits. He was acquired from Edmonton at the trade deadline. Petry has contributed 15 points in 63 contests this season, but he has amassed 117 hits and 84 blocks. Devante Smith-Pelly, who is also a recent addition of the Habs, tied Petry for the lead with 16 hits. He has one assist in six games since joining Montreal. Buffalo's Nicolas Deslauriers and Calgary's Joe Colborne were right behind them with 15 hits apiece. Deslauriers accomplished the total in just three games, while Colborne did it in four. Deslauriers leads all rookies with 213 hits.




Kris Russell amassed a league-leading 31 blocks in four matches, including 15 against Boston on Mar. 5. He also notched two goals and three assists during that time. Russell sits first in NHL with 226 blocks in 64 games this season. His Calgary teammate Dennis Wideman collected 19 blocks and four helpers in four outings. Wideman has great this year for fantasy leagues that credit real-time categories. He has 41 points to go with 78 hits and 155 blocks in 65 games. There was a quite a drop off after the Flames' pair, as Tom Gilbert checks in next with 13 blocks in four games. Gilbert has been credited with 136 blocks, which places him one behind Andrei Markov for the team lead on the Canadiens. Erik Condra of the Ottawa Senators turned aside nine shots to lead all forwards. He also tallied a goal and an assist in four games. Condra has 42 blocks in 50 appearances this year.




Claude Giroux led the league with 54 faceoff wins in four matches. The Flyers captain dominated the Calgary Flames on the draw, winning 28 of 35 for an 80 percent win rate. However, he struggled versus Boston where he lost 11 of the 18 puck drops he took. On the year, Giroux ranks sixth in the NHL with a 56.3 winning percentage on league-leading 1,591 faceoffs. Nashville's Mike Fisher was the only other player to registered 50 or more wins in the circle last week. He won 52 draws and lost only 31 in four contests. His best performance came against Winnipeg on Saturday when he won 68.4 percent of his 19 faceoffs. Fisher has a 52.7 percent success rate on the draw this season. Patrice Bergeron continued to own the faceoff dot last week with 47 wins on 75 puck drops over three outings. He also picked up three assists to extend his point streak to four games. Bergeron leads the league with a 59.9 winning percentage. Jordan Staal emerged victorious on 44 of the 64 faceoffs he took. Staal has been centering a line with brother Eric on the wing for a while now. He didn't earn a point in three contests last week, but he had 12 points in his previous 16 matches.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.