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Niskanen making sacrifices

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



Leo Komarov has been more than willing to throw his body around since the All-Star break as he's accumulated 19 hits over his last three games.  Of course this isn't a change in tactics for him as he ranks third in the league with 235 hits in 51 games.  Devante Smith-Pelly has been credited with at least two hits in five straight contests.  That brings him up to 71 hits in just 39 games in 2015-16.  Zack Smith has 13 hits in his last three contests.  He now has 112 hits in 53 contests, which gives him the potential to challenge his career-high of 175-hits in a single season, set back in 2013-14.  Oliver Ekman-Larsson has registered at least two hits in nine consecutive games.  He has 112 hits in 52 games this season after recording 167 in 2014-15.




Ryan Murray has blocked at least two shots in five straight games, including a stunning eight on Friday.  He has blocked 110 shots in 54 games, which represents a career-high for him (he had 97 blocks in 66 games as a rookie).  Carl Gunnarsson has gotten in front of at least one shot in each of his last eight games.  His most impressive outing over that stretch came on Feb. 2 when he was credited with seven blocked shots.  He has 85 blocks in 49 contests this season.  Matt Niskanen has blocked at least one shot in seven straight games and has been credited with nine over his last three contests.  He has 96 blocks in 51 contests, bringing him close to besting his 2014-15 mark of 106 in 82 games.  Francois Beauchemin has risen above all of them though by blocking at least four shots in four straight contests.  He leads the league with 173 blocks in 55 games this season.




Patrice Bergeron has won 41 of 68 draws in three games since the All-Star break.  He has a 57.0 winning percentage this season, but as strong as that is, it's actually down from 2014-15 when he finished at 60.2%.  John Tavares has posted a faceoff percentage above .500 for seven consecutive games.  He now has a 54.0% success rate in 2015-16, compared to his career average of 50.9%.  Sidney Crosby was neutral on the draw on Monday, but he won 40 of 67 draws in his previous two contests.  He has a 52.6% success rate this season after posting a 49.9 winning percentage in 2014-15.  Ryan Kesler had a winning percentage of at least 55.9 in four consecutive games before it was snapped on Monday when he went 8-for-24.  Even still, he has a 57.2% success rate in 2015-16 and ranks ninth in the league in total faceoffs won with 603.

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