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Toews amasses more than points

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

 

 

Hits

 

Tanner Glass led all skaters with 28 hits in four matches. He was the only player to top the 20-mark last week and now he has racked up 90 hits over 22 contests this year. Glass was credited with a game-high 10 hits versus Boston in his first appearance. Iiro Pakarinen finished with 16 body checks in three games. The bulk of his physical play came against Arizona last Tuesday when he amassed 10 in a season-high 15:47 of ice time. Dennis Seidenberg led all defensemen with 15 collisions in four matches. The Bruins defender has 66 hits and 54 blocks in 28 games this season. Chris Kreider flexed his muscle with three goals, one assist and 15 hits in four outings. The Rangers winger is at his best when he uses his size and engages physically and he proved that last week.

 

Blocks

 

The Rangers entered this week's action in fourth place in the league with 706 blocks. The team's defensemen figured prominently in that category last week with Kevin Klein and Dan Girardi pacing all skaters with 13 blocks apiece in three games. Klein posted six stops versus Philadelphia on Saturday, while Girardi picked up five blocks on two occasions. Marc-Edouard Vlasic piled up statistics in several categories last week with three goals, one assist, 10 shots and 12 blocks in four games. He has racked up 80 blocks, while collecting 23 points in 40 contests this year. Matthew Nieto led all forwards with seven stops in four matches. He has turned aside 25 shots in 40 games this year, while chipping in 10 points.

 

Draws

 

Jonathan Toews won 53 puck drops and lost 36 in four contests. He was 55 percent or better in each game and he topped 60 winning percentages in his first two outings of the week. Toews also contributed three goals and one assist over that span. The Blackhawks captain has a 58.6 win rate on 967 total faceoffs this season. Patrice Bergeron is also known for his tremendous work in the circle. He won 52 of his 90 draws in four appearances. Bergeron won 57.1 percent of his faceoffs on two occasions, but his best night came on Jan. 13 against Philadelphia when he won 12 and lost seven for a 63.2 winning percentage. He is second in the league in total faceoffs with 1,083 and he has won 56.8 percent of them. Derek Stepan won 50 draws as well last week and he lost just 27 in four outings. He opened the week by winning 21 faceoffs and losing only eight over two games against Boston and the Islanders. Stepan has been a bit inconsistent in the circles this year, which is why he has a 48.5 winning percentage. Claude Giroux had a strong week too with 43 wins on 65 puck drops. He played in three games and collected five points. He closed out the week by winning 18 of 23 faceoffs versus Detroit on Sunday to give him a 57.9 winning percentage so far this season.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.