Over a long season it is evident that players will have hot streaks and cold streaks. There are many factors that contribute to a player’s production including line mates, ice time and injuries. Let’s check in on who has been lighting it up this week.
Alexander Semin – After a disappointing playoff performance for the Capitals last spring, Alexander Semin is showing that he is still a great player. Semin is currently running an eight game point streak with 15 points including a five point night last week featuring a hat trick.
Tomas Plekanec – The Canadiens won all three of their games in impressive fashion last week, and the offence is starting to kick in for the Habs. Plekanec is on a four game point streak with eight points, helping the Habs stay on top of the Northeast division. The playmaking center currently leads the team with 18 points, and is living up to his big contract that he signed in the summer.
Anze Kopitar – The Kings have climbed to the top of the Western Conference, coming off a six game win streak after losing to the Sharks last night. Kopitar holds a four game point streak with eight points to help lead the way. The Kings are shaping up to be a very competitive young team.
Derick Brassard – The Blue Jackets did not get off to a great start, but they have picked things up as of late. Brassard was slow out of the gate, but put together an eight game point streak in which he picked up 11 points. It took some time, but chemistry has developed with line mate Jakub Voracek, who has also posted six points in his last five games.
Mike Richards – The Flyers have won their last three games, and hold a 9-0-1 record in their last ten contests, showing that they will remain a force to be reckoned with. Richards, has been leading the charge, with six points in his last three games including five goals.
Nikolai Khabibulin – The Oilers have fallen to the bottom of the western conference, after posting a 2-5-3 record in their last ten games. Khabibulin is on a three game losing streak in which he has allowed 18 goals against, while posting a .753 save percentage. The veteran net minder has only one win in his last six starts, as the Oilers continue to struggle.
John Tavares – The Islanders are in a 10 game loosing streak, prompting the firing of head coach Scott Gordon on Monday. Tavares has three points in nine games, but holds a minus-10 rating. The Islanders have dealt with the loss of key players out with injuries, but they will need some help fast if they hope to break out of their slump.
Pavel Kubina – The Tampa Bay Lighting have lost their last three games, by a combined goals total of 15-5. Defenseman Pavel Kubina has no points in eight games and holds a minus-4 ratting. After returning to Tampa Bay as a free agent this past summer, Kubina was expected to contribute offensively from the back end. Despite playing an average of 21:22 per game , Kubina’s production has been a somewhat of a disappointment thus far.
Brenden Morrow – The Dallas Stars are on a three game losing streak, placing them at the bottom of the Pacific division. Brenden Morrow has no points during the streak and holds a minus-4 rating. The captain will need to turn his game around if he hopes to lead the Stars to some wins.
Tyler Bozak – The Toronto Maple leafs are currently trapped in an eight game loosing streak. Bozak only has one goal during the streak, as the Leafs continue to fall in the standings. Coach Ron Wilson is scrambling to find solutions, as the Leafs have juggled their lines and called up rookie Nazem Kadri who will play with Bozak on the second line.