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Spezza's quick on the draw

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

Hits

 

Milan Lucic threw his weight around a lot during the weekend, registering seven hits against the Islanders on Saturday and another seven versus Montreal Sunday night.  That gives him 163 hits in 51 games after recording 240 in 2013-14.  Alexandre Bolduc was recently called up by the Arizona Coyotes and he made his NHL season debut on Thursday against Carolina.  He recorded nine hits in that game and then registered another eight on Saturday.  Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian had 15 hits in four contests last week.  That allowed him to surpass the 100-mark (he's now at 102) for the first time since 2011-12.  Meanwhile, Capitals blueliner Brooks Orpik became the third player this season to climb above 200 hits when he recorded five against Philadelphia on Sunday.  He has 202 in 54 games after getting 221 in 72 contests last season.

 

Blocks

 

Victor Hedman has blocked at least one shot in his last 10 contests and was particularly effective on Sunday when he stopped five Ducks shots.  He has 56 blocks in 35 contests in 2014-15.  Zbynek Michalek was credited with 10 blocks in three games last week, including five against Carolina on Thursday.  Michalek is tied for eighth place in the NHL with 121 in 49 games.  Tyson Strachan has gotten in front of at least three shots in five straight games.  That gives him 67 in 30 contests with Buffalo this season.  Ryan McDonagh recorded 10 blocks in four contests last week.  He has 81 in 40 contests this season after recording 131 in 77 games in 2013-14.

 

Draws

 

The Dallas Stars have seen their faceoff percentage increase from 50.1% in 2013-14 to 51.4% this season and the addition of Jason Spezza is one of the big reasons for that.  Spezza won 23 of 33 draws in two games over the weekend to improve his success rate to 54.8%.  He currently ranks 18th in the NHL among qualified players.  Paul Stastny is coming off of a rough game on Sunday where he only won six of 19 draws, but he was 34 for 53 in his previous three contests.  His faceoff success rate in 56.7% compared to his career average of 52.3%.  Mike Fisher claimed 16 of his 24 opportunities against Florida on Sunday, giving him a 51.2 winning percentage this season.  Over the course of his career, Fisher has hovered around 50%.  Antoine Vermette has won the majority of his draws in each of his last seven games.  He has a 56.7% success rate in 53 games in 2014-15.

Ryan Dadoun
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