Ottawa's Mark Borowiecki led all skaters with 21 hits in three games. He was credited with 11 on Jan. 3 versus Chicago. The physical blueliner is second in the league with 175 hits this season and he ranks fourth in hits per game with 4.5. Eric Nystrom finished just behind him with 19 hits over four appearances. The Predators winger posted seven hits against St. Louis and another seven body checks versus Dallas. His teammate Miker Fisher and Leo Komarov of the Maple Leafs registered 17 collisions apiece. Fisher has amassed 73 hits in just 28 outings this season, while Komarov sits third in the league with 169 hits in 37 games.
Francois Beauchemin generated 15 blocks in three outings. The bulk of them came against San Jose when he posted nine. Beauchemin also picked up a pair of power-play assists last week to go along with his bumps and bruises. Karl Alzner and Andrej Sekera were given 14 blocks each, but Alzner reached that total in four contests while Sekera did it in three. Minnesota center Mikko Koivu topped all forwards with eight blocks last week. He has turned aside 30 pucks in 38 games this year.
Ryan O'Reilly led the way with 62 faceoff wins in four contests. He posted a 56.9 percent success rate for the week and dropped below 50 percent in just one outing. O'Reilly's best performance came on Dec. 28 versus Washington when he won 15 draws and lost eight. The Sabres center leads the league with 968 faceoff victories this season and he owns a 58.3 winning percentage. Kings pivot Anze Kopitar won 53 puck drops and lost 33 over four matches. His success in the circle dropped in each appearance from 82.1 in first outing to 45.5 in his last game. Kopitar also extended his point streak to five straight outings by collecting seven assists last week. Mikko Koivu also topped 50 victories on the draw and he won 56.7 of his faceoffs in four appearances. He topped 60 percent success rates twice and scored two goals in the only game that he did poorly in the circles (41.2 winning percentage against Detroit). He entered this week's action in fourth place in faceoff wins with 490. Antoine Vermette finished just behind the competition with 46 wins, but he played in just three games. He won 56.8 of his draws, while topping 60 once and not going below 53.6 percent.