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Provorov excels in hits/blocks

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

HITS

 

Marcus Foligno dished out seven hits during Minnesota’s 5-3 loss to Boston on Monday.  It was the third straight game that Foligno recorded at least three hits.  He’s up to 42 hits in 12 contests.  Ivan Provorov has also registered at least three hits in three consecutive games.  That includes back-to-back games where he’s gotten five hits.  The Flyers sophomore defenseman has 33 hits in 15 games.  Fellow Philadelphia blueliner Robert Hagg has recorded five straight multi-hit games.  That’s brought him up to 48 hits in 15 contests.  Adam Larsson was credited with a stunning 13 hits on Friday.  Thanks in part to that game he now leads the league with 60 hits in 13 games.

 

BLOCKS

 

Provorov hasn’t just been excelling in terms of hits.  He blocked 10 shots on Nov. 2 alone and currently ranks third in the NHL with 44 blocks in 15 contests.  Ryan McDonagh has been credited with eight blocks over his last two games.  That gives him 33 blocks in 16 contests in 2017-18.  Jason Demers has gotten in front of four shots in each of his last two contests.  The Coyotes defenseman has 24 blocks in 16 games.  Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland blocked six shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto on Monday.  Through 14 games this season he has accumulated 27 blocks.

 

DRAWS

 

Colton Sissons has won 34-of-60 faceoffs over his last three games.  He has a 58.8 winning percentage in 13 games this season compared to his career average of 53%.  Tyler Seguin won 13 of 16 faceoffs on Monday, bringing his average up to 54.6% this season.  His career average if 50.6% and he won 51% of his draws in 2016-17.  Tomas Plekanec has won over 60% of his faceoffs in three of his last four games.  At this point he has a 52.5% in 2017-18, which is up from last season’s average of 51.2%.  Leon Draisaitl won 30-of-49 draws over his last three contests.  He had a 49 winning percentage on faceoffs in 2016-17, but so far in 2017-18 that’s up to 51.6%.

Ryan Dadoun

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