I need to start this by acknowledging Mark Borowiecki because on Dec. 15 he got a stunning 14 hits and over the last seven days he’s recorded 35 hits in four games. To give that some context, no other player reached the 20-hit mark over the same seven-day period. The Senators blueliner is up to 118 hits in 26 games while no other player has reached triple digits yet. The rest of this list will pale in comparison, but Richard Panik has been a major contributor with 12 hits in his last four games. That gives him 60 hits in 27 games this season. Boone Jenner was credited with three hits on Monday, making it his fourth straight multi-hit contest. The Blue Jackets forward has 59 hits in 24 contests after finishing with 213 in 2015-16. Coyotes blueliner Luke Schenn has also recorded at least two hits in each of his last four contests and he was credited with nine on Nov. 29 alone. Through 20 games this season he has 67 hits.
Kris Russell has gotten in front of at least three shots in each of his last four contests. That’s brought him up to 56 blocks in 20 contests this season. He’s surpassed the 200 block mark in each of his previous three campaigns. Erik Karlsson obviously is known for being an offensive defenseman, but he isn’t afraid to use his body to stop shots. In 2015-16 he recorded a career-high 175 blocks and he might top that by quite a bit in 2016-17 after recording 76 blocks in his first 26 contests. Through 26 games this season, Niklas Hjalmarsson has blocked at least one shot in 24 of them. At this point he’s recorded 58 blocks after finishing last season with 151 blocks in 81 games. Jaccob Slavin has blocked at least two shots in each of his last five contests. That’s brought him up to 51 blocks in 25 games in 2016-17.
Antoine Vermette has won more than 63% of his faceoffs in six of his last eight games. He has won 261 of his 405 draws thus far, which translates to a superb 66.1% success rate. Anze Kopitar hasn’t been nearly as successful with his 53.5 percentage on the draw this season, but he has been doing well lately. He’s won 55 of his last 95 faceoffs over four games, or 57.9% of them. Bo Horvat is another one that’s been over performing his season average lately. Horvat has won 44 of 68 faceoffs (64.7%) over his last three games, compared to his 52.8% season record. Finally, Patrice Bergeron has won at least 60% of his draws in five of his last six contests. That’s brought him up to a 58.6% success rate in 23 contests in 2016-17.