Marcus Foligno paced the NHL hits for a second straight week. He amassed a total of 19 in four games. Foligno racked up eight against Toronto and he was credited with six versus Montreal. He has 154 hits in 46 games this season, which ranks him among the top five in the NHL. Jake Guentzel was just behind him with 18 body checks in four games. He tallied six hits in each of his first matches following his recall from the minors. Guentzel has averaged 3.3 hits per game over his nine outings with Pittsburgh this season. Roman Polak had 16 collisions in three tilts. Most of his hits came against Ottawa when he picked up nine as well as four blocks in 18:27 of ice time. Cody McLeod made his debut with Nashville on Jan. 14 after he was acquired from Colorado. He posted 15 hits over four contests last week with his new club. He had six in just 7:42 of ice time versus Minnesota. McLeod has 66 hits in 33 games with the Avalanche and Predators this year.
Kris Russell led all skaters with 17 blocks in four matches. He had five on two occasions to add to his league-leading total of 123. Russell finished second in the NHL last season with 210 blocks. Erik Karlsson stopped 15 shots in four matches. He also extended his point streak to six straight games with four assists. Karlsson is just behind Russell with 120 blocks in 45 games this season. Rasmus Ristolainen provided 14 blocks and nine hits in four games. He has been a great source of hits and blocks during his first few seasons in the NHL. He has stopped 102 shots and dished out 121 hits in 46 games this year. Ristolainen also has 28 points, including 17 on the power play, so he is becoming quite the total package from the back end. Austin Watson led all forwards with eight blocks in four matches. He had four against Calgary and currently has a total of 39 over 43 appearances with the Predators.
Ryan O'Reilly had 64 faceoff wins and lost just 34 in four games. He was 57.1 percent or better in each outing, but he was especially impressive against Detroit when he went 21 for 28. O’Reilly leads the Sabres and enters this week’s action in ninth place with 494 faceoff wins. He has won 57.8 percent of his 854 draws this season, which is well above his career average of 53.5 percent, but only slightly better than the 56.5 winning percentage he had last year. Patrice Bergeron got close to 60 faceoff wins last week with 58 in four appearances. He finished with a 64.4 percent success rate. The Bruins pivot had his best performance against the Red Wings when he won 19 puck drops and lost just six for a 76.0 winning percentage. Bergeron finished the period ending Jan. 22 with a league-leading 622 faceoff victories. Mike Fisher was just behind Bergeron with 57 wins in the circles and he lost 46 draws during his four outings. He went 23 for 38 versus Edmonton for the bulk of his wins. The Predators captain has taken 776 total draws this year and he has won 54.4 percent of the time. Kyle Turris also topped 50 faceoff victories last week. He surpassed 60 percent in two of this four contests and had his best effort against Columbus when he won 18 and lost 10. Turris has won 51.6 percent of his 752 draws this campaign.