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I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the month of Mo, uh, November and see who the top performers were. I've included players from both conferences, if only to provide a reference to where they place overall.

 

Statistics listed below do not include last night's games.

 

Points

 

Forwards

Team

GP

Points

 

Defensemen

Team

GP

Points

Sidney Crosby

Pit

14

26

 

Dustin Byfuglien

Atl

14

15

Steven Stamkos

TB

15

22

 

Kris Letang

Pit

14

12

Eric Staal

Car

14

21

 

John-Michael Liles

Col

13

12

Martin St. Louis

TB

15

20

 

Lubomir Visnovsky

Ana

13

12

Alexander Ovechkin

Wsh

14

19

 

Kevin Shattenkirk

Col

13

11

Alexander Semin

Wsh

14

19

 

Dan Boyle

SJ

14

11

Nicklas Backstrom

Wsh

14

17

 

Tobias Enstrom

Atl

14

11

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Rafalski

Det

10

10

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Pietrangelo

Stl

14

10

 

 

 

 

 

Niklas Kronwall

Det

13

10

 

Dustin Byfuglien and Sidney Crosby were head and shoulders ahead of their peers in November. Avs rookie Kevin Shattenkirk put up points at a big time rate during the month and is on a seven game, ten point run. The addition of Matt Hunwick won't affect Shattenkirk's production unless the rookie totally blows (he won't). Alex Pietrangelo is on pace to finish with 49 points this season. Last year, he had two points in a nine game audition with the Blues, but ended up getting sent back to junior. In hindsight, that move probably helped in his development. Pietrangelo scored 29 points in 25 OHL games and went on to record 12 points in six games at the World Junior Championship. The fourth overall pick from the 2008 draft is for real. Brian Rafalski had a very good November with 10 points in 10 games.

 

Goals

 

Forwards

Team

GP

Goals

 

Defensemen

Team

GP

Goals

Sidney Crosby

Pit

14

12

 

Dustin Byfuglien

Atl

14

5

Steven Stamkos

TB

15

12

 

Jordan Leopold

Buf

13

4

Alexander Semin

Wsh

14

12

 

John-Michael Liles

Col

13

4

Rick Nash

Clb

11

10

 

Mike Green

Wsh

12

4

Dan Cleary

Det

13

10

 

Kevin Shattenkirk

Col

13

4

Eric Staal

Car

14

9

 

Joe Corvo

Car

14

4

Patrick Kane

Chi

14

8

 

Sergei Gonchar

Ott

14

4

Brad Richards

Dal

13

8

 

Eric Brewer

Stl

14

3

Bobby Ryan

Ana

14

8

 

John Erskine

Wsh

14

3

Mike Richards

Phi

14

8

 

Ed Jovanovski

Phx

11

3

Jonathan Toews

Chi

14

8

 

Brett Clark

TB

15

3

Jarome Iginla

Cgy

13

8

 

Niklas Kronwall

Det

13

3

Nikolai Kulemin

Tor

13

8

 

Brent Burns

Min

11

3

 

Crosby, Stamkos, Semin, Nash, Cleary...Dan Cleary? The Newfoundland native has career highs of 20 goals and 42 points, but is on pace for 41 goals and 63 points and only receives one minute of power play time. Clearly he won't maintain this pace. Jordan Leopold has been a pleasant surprise for the Sabres, especially in light of Tyler Myers sophomore slump. Leopold has a career high of only 33 points, but he was a scorer in college, recording 48 points in 44 games. Please don't run out and pick up Eric Brewer or John Erskine because you see them on this list - this was merely a blip. Brewer is on pace for 10 points, all goals and Erskine is on pace to double his career high of nine points.

 

Assists

 

Forwards

Team

GP

Assists

 

Defensemen

Team

GP

Assists

Alexander Ovechkin

Wsh

14

16

 

Lubomir Visnovsky

Ana

13

10

Martin St. Louis

TB

15

15

 

Kris Letang

Pit

14

10

Henrik Sedin

Van

13

14

 

Brian Rafalski

Det

10

10

Pavel Datsyuk

Det

13

14

 

Tobias Enstrom

Atl

14

10

Sidney Crosby

Pit

14

14

 

Dustin Byfuglien

Atl

14

10

Nicklas Backstrom

Wsh

14

12

 

Dan Boyle

SJ

14

9

Eric Staal

Car

14

12

 

Ryan Whitney

Edm

14

9

Milan Hejduk

Col

13

11

 

Alex Pietrangelo

Stl

14

8

Loui Eriksson

Dal

13

11

 

Cam Fowler

Ana

14

8

Martin Havlat

Min

13

11

 

Joni Pitkanen

Car

12

8

Alex Tanguay

Cgy

13

11

 

John-Michael Liles

Col

13

8

 

One thing that stands out for me is Ovechkin having more assists than any of the guys below him on this list, especially Crosby. I really thought Milan Hejduk was washed up. Wasn't he supposed to have a chronic knee issue? Nice rebound season in the making by Alex Tanguay. Rookie Cam Fowler has nine points in his last 10 games.

 

Power Play Points

 

Forwards

Team

GP

PPP

 

Defensemen

Team

GP

PPP

Steven Stamkos

TB

15

14

 

Lubomir Visnovsky

Ana

13

6

Martin St. Louis

TB

15

11

 

Dan Boyle

SJ

14

6

Eric Staal

Car

14

9

 

Alexander Edler

Van

13

6

Sidney Crosby

Pit

14

9

 

Sergei Gonchar

Ott

14

6

Alexander Ovechkin

Wsh

14

9

 

Dustin Byfuglien

Atl

14

6

Alexander Semin

Wsh

14

9

 

John-Michael Liles

Col

13

5

Nicklas Backstrom

Wsh

14

7

 

Chris Pronger

Phi

14

5

Milan Hejduk

Col

13

7

 

Kevin Shattenkirk

Col

13

5

Jeff Skinner

Car

14

7

 

Tomas Kaberle

Tor

13

5

Ryan Malone

TB

15

7

 

Brent Seabrook

Chi

14

5

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Yandle

Phx

13

5

 

 

 

 

 

Stephane Robidas

Dal

13

5

 

 

 

 

 

Tobias Enstrom

Atl

14

5

 

There are no real surprises in the forwards except for two players. I would have bet that Milan Hejduk was headed out to pasture due to his cumulative injuries the league had inflicted upon his body. Hejduk averaged the second most power play ice time on the Avs last year and he sits third in that statistic this year. Jeff Skinner had one power play point in October. The calendar turns and he hits for seven points with the man advantage. Don't expect November numbers for the entire year as rookies tend to be inconsistent. Kevin Shattenkirk is making good on his opportunity to play on the top power play unit.

 

Shots on Goal

 

Forwards

Team

GP

SOG

 

Defensemen

Team

GP

SOG

Evgeni Malkin

Pit

14

68

 

Dustin Byfuglien

Atl

14

55

Bobby Ryan

Ana

14

60

 

Shea Weber

Nsh

13

49

David Booth

Fla

13

59

 

Dan Boyle

SJ

14

46

Jeff Carter

Phi

14

59

 

Zdeno Chara

Bos

14

41

Alexander Semin

Wsh

14

59

 

Kris Letang

Pit

14

38

Patrick Kane

Chi

14

57

 

Chris Pronger

Phi

14

35

Patrick Sharp

Chi

14

57

 

Kurtis Foster

Edm

14

34

Patrick Marleau

SJ

14

57

 

Jack Johnson

LA

12

34

Brian Gionta

Mtl

13

57

 

John-Michael Liles

Col

13

33

Eric Staal

Car

14

57

 

P.K. Subban

Mtl

13

33

 

Alexander Ovechkin had 52 shots on goal in November, tied with Evander Kane, Martin St. Louis and Joe Pavelski for eighth in the league. It just doesn't seem right. Ovechkin has led the league in shots on goal every year he's been in the league and never scored less than 46 goals. He's on pace for his lowest goals (32) and shots on goal (357) totals of his career. Don't bet on things finishing that way. Evgeni Malkin is on pace to better his personal best of 290 shots on goal by 82. Jeff Carter finished third in this category last year and fourth the season before.

 

Penalty Minutes

 

Forwards

Team

GP

PiM

 

Defensemen

Team

GP

PiM

Sean Avery

NYR

16

64

 

Theo Peckham

Edm

12

43

Cody McLeod

Col

13

55

 

Matt Greene

LA

12

28

Zenon Konopka

NYI

11

52

 

Deryk Engelland

Pit

11

27

Brandon Prust

NYR

16

46

 

Mattias Ohlund

TB

15

26

Maxim Lapierre

Mtl

13

43

 

Brent Burns

Min

11

25

Cody McCormick

Buf

13

35

 

Ryan Whitney

Edm

14

25

Cam Janssen

Stl

9

35

 

Zdeno Chara

Bos

14

23

Brandon Crombeen

Stl

14

35

 

Andrew Ference

Bos

14

21

Zack Stortini

Edm

11

31

 

Jonathan Ericsson

Det

13

21

Jamal Mayers

SJ

14

31

 

Mark Giordano

Cgy

13

21

 

A couple of blow ups for Sean Avery has the uber-pest atop the penalty minute pile in November. Konopka is second to Brandon Prust in fighting majors this season after leading the league last year. Lapierre isn't well liked by opponents or referees thanks to his abrasive "style". Deryk Engelland is for real as a tough guy. He's taking on the leagues heavyweights and holding his own while playing on the third pairing with Alex Goligoski. Jonathan Ericsson received 17 of his 21 points in one game. It was a little surprising to not see Steve Downie on this list. He recorded 27 penalty minutes in November, following the 41 minutes he sat for in October. No worries though, he's not exactly turning into a Lady Byng candidate.

 

Plus/Minus

 

Forwards

Team

GP

+/-

 

Defensemen

Team

GP

+/-

Scott Hartnell

Phi

14

11

 

Andrej Meszaros

Phi

13

14

Mike Richards

Phi

14

9

 

Sean O'Donnell

Phi

14

13

Daniel Briere

Phi

11

8

 

Brian Campbell

Chi

14

11

Ville Leino

Phi

14

8

 

Rostislav Klesla

Clb

12

9

Nicklas Backstrom

Wsh

14

8

 

Niklas Kronwall

Det

13

9

Matt Duchene

Col

13

8

 

Braydon Coburn

Phi

14

8

Kevin Porter

Col

12

8

 

Toni Lydman

Ana

14

8

 

 

 

 

 

Dustin Byfuglien

Atl

14

8

 

As you can see, Philadelphia is heavy on the positive side of the plus/minus ledger. Nicklas Backstrom is the lone Caps representative, but I suspect that Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Green, Alexander Semin and company will find their way to the top of this list fairly soon. Last year, the top five players in this category all played in Washington. Who the hell is Kevin Porter? Over his last ten games, he has been playing with either Milan Hejduk and Matt Duchene or Hejduk and Paul Stastny. His average time on the ice for the season is only 12:29, but over his last five games, he has averaged 17 minutes per game. That will likely decrease now that Tomas Fleischmann is on board, as the team will want to give Flash every opportunity to prove himself. Way to go Rusty, plus-16 overall (plus-9 in November) on Columbus is no easy feat.

 

Pavelec Smoking Hot

 

Just wanted to mention that in Ondrej Pavelec’s last six games, he’s 6-0-0 with a 0.83 goals-against-average and 0.973 save percentage. Stunning. It’s as if after knocking his head on the ice, when he came to, someone told him he was Dominik Hasek.

 

Thursday Trivia Time

 

Today a threesome!

 

1.         Wayne Gretzky has won more Hart Memorial Trophy’s than anyone else. That should really come as no surprise. He owned the eighties, winning the award every year but one. Name the year and the player who won it.

 

2.         Who has won the second most Hart Trophies?  How many?

 

3.         Name the defenseman who has his name etched on the Hart Trophy the most?  How many?


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TML said:

TML
Forgot ...forgot to say, but don't spaz over that. Just my opinion, and it is biased. smilies/smiley.gif
December 02, 2010
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TML said:

TML
Skinner I thought we already decided that Skinner isn't yoru everyday rookie...

I think he'll be pretty consistent, and total around 60-70 points.
December 02, 2010
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Russ Miller said:

The Comish
Trivia Answers 1. Super Mario Lemieux in 1988 (for the '87-'88 season)
2. Gordie Howe (6)
3. Eddie Shore (4)
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December 02, 2010
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Dave said:

ddp
my bad Cause it was for novemeber and he only had 6pts. doh!
December 02, 2010
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Dave said:

ddp
Lidstrom Why no love for Lidstrom, the leading pt getter for D?
December 02, 2010
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DB said:

Excelsior
... 1st goalie to win & also the best name-

1928-29 Roy "Shrimp" Worters New York Americans
December 02, 2010
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DB said:

Excelsior
... 1. Lemieux 1987
2. Gordie Howe 6
3. Eddie Shore 4
December 02, 2010
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joee said:

joee
... 1. Mario Lemieux (87-8smilies/cool.gif
2. Gordie Howe (6)
3. Eddie Shore (4)
December 02, 2010
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flaupmes said:

Zangief
Trivia 1. Mario Lemieux won it in 1988.
2. Gordie Howe (6 Harts)
3. Eddie Shore (4 Harts)
December 02, 2010
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