Matt Martin played an extremely physical game last week, even by his standards. He had 25 hits in just three contests, including at least seven hits in each game. He has 243 hits in 49 games in 2014-15, which is by far the league lead. The only other player that has even reached the 200-hit mark is Islanders' teammate Cal Clutterbuck. Clutterbuck delivered 15 hits in three games last week, giving him 206 in 46 contests this season. Ryan Reaves dished out 10 hits against Washington on Sunday and a total of 20 in three games last week. That brings him up to 165 hits in 48 games. Among defensemen, Philadelphia's Luke Schenn led the pack last week with 17 hits in three matches. Schenn ranks 16th in the league with 143 hits in 41 games.
Tyler Myers and Zbynek Michalek tied for the league lead last week with 12 blocks each. However, Myers accomplished the feat in three games while Michalek spread it out over four contests. Myers has gotten in front of 88 shots in 42 contests after recording 81 in 62 games in 2013-14. Michalek has 111 blocks in 46 games, which is good for ninth place in the league. Arizona Coyotes teammate Michael Stone is among those ahead of Michalek, although Stone wasn't nearly as prolific last week with five blocks in four games. Stone is tied for sixth place with 118 blocks in 49 contests in 2014-15. Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov got in front of 11 shots over four games last week. That's allowed him to surpass the 100-block mark for the second straight campaign.
Arizona's Antoine Vermette claimed 65 of 99 draws in four games last week, including 23 of 29 against Montreal on Sunday. Vermette ranks ninth in the league with a 56.1 winning percentage. Claude Giroux has managed to win half or more of his faceoffs in each of his last seven contests (eight if we include the All-Star Game). He's on track to have the best season of his career from a faceoff perspective as he currently has a 55.6% success rate. Travis Zajac won 36 of 58 draws in three contests last week. He has a career 53.5 winning percentage, but has won 55.3% of his draws in 2014-15. John Tavares only took 50 faceoffs last week, but he won 32 of them. After finishing with a faceoff winning percentage below 50 for each of the previous two campaigns, Tavares is sitting at 52.0% through 48 games.