Alex Ovechkin delivered a league-leading 20 hits in four games last week. That brings him up to 63 hits in 22 games this season, which puts him in a tie for 24th place in the league. Among defensemen Radko Gudas led the charge with 17 hits in four contests. He already has 113 hits in 2015-16, which is the second most in the league. Michael Del Zotto has recorded at least two hits in five straight games, bringing him up to 59 hits in 24 contests this season. He's in 36th place in the NHL. Nick Ritchie only made his NHL debut on Nov. 16, but he already has 30 hits in seven games. So far he's gotten at least two hits in every contest and last week he was one of the leaders with 14 in three games.
Karl Alzner was credited with 12 blocked shots in four games last week. That brought him up to 49 blocks in 23 games, putting him well on his way to surpassing the 150-mark for the third straight campaign. Dan Girardi got in front of four shots on Monday to extend his streak of blocking two or more shots to 12 contests. With 60 blocks in 25 games, Girardi ranks eighth in the league. Jacob Trouba finished the week with 10 blocked shots in four contests. He has 51 blocks in 25 games this season after recording 120 in 65 contests in 2014-15. John Carlson led the pack last week though with 14 blocks in four games, including seven against Edmonton on Nov. 23. Even after that he has 35 blocks in 23 games, which is actually a modest amount for him when compared to the 200 he recorded last season.
Bryan Little won 53 of his 90 draws last week and has now posted at least a 50% success rate in 10 straight contests. He has a 53.5 faceoff percentage this season, up from his career average of 48.5%. Derick Brassard has also greatly exceeded his norm with his 54.8% success rate on the draw, compared to his career average of 47.6%. He won 45 of his 76 faceoffs last week. Ryan O'Reilly won over 60% of his faceoffs in three of his four games last week, giving him a 53-34 record over that period. He has a 58.8% success rate this season, which would shatter his previous career-high of 53.5% if he can maintain it. As great as that is though, Jonathan Toews is still significantly superior on the draw. You would have to go back to October 9 to find the last time that Toews had a losing record on the draw for a single game. He won 37 of 58 faceoffs last week to give him a 61.0% success rate in 2015-16.