Florida's Derek MacKenzie led all skaters with 24 hits in three contests. He racked up a game-high 10 hits versus Detroit on Mar. 19 and he ended the week with eight against Boston. MacKenzie entered this week's action in fifth place in the NHL in hits with 247 in 72 games. He also won 20 of his 26 faceoffs. Marcus Foligno of the Sabres reached 20 hits in four contests. His most physical night of the week came versus New Jersey on Mar. 20 when he was credited with eight. Foligno has amassed 168 body collisions in 47 games this year. Carolina defenseman Brett Bellemore accounted for 18 body checks in three tilts. He picked up half of that total versus the New York Rangers on Mar. 21. Milan Lucic was given 17 hits in four games, including six against Buffalo to open the week. The Bruins winger has 40 points and 231 checks in 72 matches in 2014-15.
Michael Stone of the Coyotes led the charge with 14 blocks in four games. He recorded eight of those stops in a 1-0 loss to Los Angeles on Mar. 16. He has 189 hits and 166 blocks in 72 matches. Buffalo's Mike Weber finished just behind Stone with 13 blocks in four outings. He had six blocks versus Washington on Mar. 16 in a 4-3 shootout defeat. Weber has 158 hits and 146 blocks in 59 games this year. Chris Tanev turned aside 12 shots over four matches last week to give him 153 in 60 games for the Canucks this season. Winnipeg's Jim Slater led all forwards with 10 blocks in three contests. In games against San Jose and Washington, he recored four blocks in each appearance.
NHL faceoff leader Patrice Bergeron added 73 wins and only 38 losses to his impressive season in the circle this past week. He topped 70 percent in two of his four outings and won 57.1 percent of his draws in his other two appearances. Bergeron also added two goals and one assist. He sits second in the league in faceoffs taken this year with 1,689 and he's won a NHL-leading 60.1 percent of them. Columbus' Ryan Johansen won 55 of 76 puck drops in three matches. He was victorious on 75 percent and 76.7 percent of his faceoffs versus Vancouver and Calgary, respectively. He was especially successful against the Flames when he won 23 of his 30 draws. Anze Kopitar won 42 faceoffs and lost just 29 in four contests for the Kings last week. He won 68 percent of his puck drops in two games, but stumbled versus Anaheim when he lost 15 of 27. Kopitar also collected a goal and four assists for a three-game scoring streak. David Backes was the final center to record more than 40 wins in the dot last week. He went 41 of 64 in the circles in four appearances. He registered two goals and three assists as well during that time. The Blues pivot had his best night on Mar. 21 against Minnesota when he won 71.4 percent of his 14 faceoffs. Backes has won 55 percent of his draws this season.