It was a busy week around the NHL, as we saw some high scoring games. We like to give you some diversity on the Heatmap, so while players like Stamkos and Crosby continue to score points in bunches; you may not see their names on the hot list every week.
Jarome Iginla, CGY – The Calgary Flames continue to struggle with only one win in their last six games. Despite their struggles Iginla has worked his way out of his own slump, scoring six goals and an assist in only three games. Playing with Alex Tanguay and Matt Stajan, the captain has managed to at least carry one line and give the slumping Flames a better chance of winning.
Rick Nash, CBJ – Nash has lit the lamp with nine goals in his last six games, leading Columbus to a four game winning streak. Despite sitting out one game with a minor injury, Nash is on an nine game point streak with 13 points over that span. Now with 13 goals in 18 games, Nash is on pace to push past the 50 goal mark for the first time in his career. More importantly, his production is leading to wins and a chance at a playoff berth.
Carey Price, MTL – With two more shutouts last week Price now has four on the season, which leads the League in that category. The Canadiens netminder is also tied for the League lead with 12 wins and flaunts a 2.05 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. Even in the Habs loss on Monday, Price was solid making 42 saves. Expectations were high for the British Columbia native and so far he is living up to the challenge of being a number-1 in Montreal.
James Neal, DAL – With three goals and two assists in two games last week, Neal put up seven points on a four game scoring streak. Playing on the top line in Dallas with Brad Richards amd Loui Eriksson has continued to help the young winger succeed as he is on pace to reach the 30 goal plateau, after scoring 27 last season. At this point you should consider Neal a bona fide goal scorer regardless if his team’s record.
Thomas Vanek, BUF – Vanek is on a seven game point streak where he has four goals and six assists. With 17 points in 22 games, he is second on the team behind linemate Derek Roy. This duo combined with rookie Tyler Ennis forms a productive combination in Buffalo as they are also tied with seven points each on the powerplay. It is mainly because of this unit that the Sabres have started winning again after hitting rock bottom.
Trent Hunter, NYI – The Islanders streak now runs at 13 straight losses as they have fallen to the bottom of the League. You could easily pick any player to be cold during such a long loosing streak, so this week it’s Hunter’s turn. In 16 games the two-way winger has only two assists and he has been held off the score sheet for his last nine games. Needless to say it will take more than one individual to break this Isles team out of their slump.
Brian Elliott, OTT – Elliott lost his last three starts as the Senators were outscored by a combined total of 17-4. Elliot did not get much help from the players in front of him but Pascal Leclaire has returned from injury and put up a win for Ottawa. Right now it looks like Leclaire has re-claimed the starting job in Ottawa as the Sens need to improve their awful 3.25 GAA, which is 27th in the League. Regardless. this team will need to work harder to get more wins regardless of who is in the net; if last season is any indicator they definitely have the skill to win games.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS – After showing some promise in his first three NHL seasons as an up-and-coming defenseman alongside Rob Blake, Vlasic has struggled to produce on his own. After 19 games, Vlasic is still searching for his first point despite playing over 21 minutes per game on an offensively-charged team. He also stands at a team low minus-10.
Alexandre Burrows, VAN – In 10 games since retuning from injury Burrow has three points. With only one assist in his last five games, this agitator is taking some time to get back up to speed. Expectations are high for the winger to produce after scoring 35 goals last season with the Sedins.
David Booth, FLA – Booth is in a scoring slump and has only two assist in his last eight games. Last week Booth took an overwhelming 14 shots in one game against the Bruins and still could not put one puck in the net. The Panthers sit at the bottom of the Southest Division and also have the worst poweplay in the NHL right now. Although Booth is an important part of the offence he is clearly not the key piece as he fails to carry any of the team’s offensive load so far.
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