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The surprising productivity of Tyler Bozak, Brad Richards thriving in new role, lots of lineup and injury news and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking. HEROES Tyler Bozak – Toronto’s No. 1 centre scored two goals against Washington in a 6-2 win Saturday, giving him seven points (5 G, 2 A) during a four-game point streak. Bozak has been riding high percentages and power play success this season to compile 22 points (11 G, 11 A) in 23 games. 5-on-4 GOALS/60 (min. 50 minutes) PLAYER TEAM PP GOALS/60 David Backes St. Louis 5.89 Gustav Nyquist Detroit 5.15 Tyler Bozak Toronto 5.12 Joe Pavelski San Jose 4.59 Nick Foligno Columbus 4.41 While he’s killing it on the power play, part of the reason that Bozak comes under criticism is that his 5-on-5 production is mediocre, even though he plays with wingers as talented as Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk. This season, in particular, Bozak is averaging 1.32 points per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play, which ranks 184th out of 289 forwards to play at least 200 5-on-5 minutes. His decline in even-strength production comes as a result of his on-ice shooting percentage dipping from 11.2% last season to 7.8% this season – a percentage drop that wasn’t entirely unexpected because last season’s number was so inflated. One reason that Bozak has been so productive, yet also a reason that generates skepticism, is that he’s a very efficient shooter and it’s not easy to maintain a shooting percentage in that stratosphere. Since the start of last season, Bozak is the highest percentage shooter in the league (minimum 20 goals). SHOOTING PERCENTAGE SINCE 2013-14 PLAYER TEAM SH% Tyler Bozak Toronto 20.8% Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay 19.5% Jiri Hudler Calgary 18.9% Joel Ward Washington 18.8% Adam Henrique New Jersey 18.6% Brad Richards – The Blackhawks centre is rejuvenated with the opportunity to play with Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg. Richards played a season-high 19:04 in a 4-1 win at Los Angeles Saturday, scoring a pair of goals with seven shot attempts (5 SOG) to give him seven points (3 G, 4 A) in the past seven games. Kane scored a pair of goals, on 10 shot attempts (8 SOG) at Anaheim Friday, giving him 13 points (6 G, 7 A) in his past eight games and Versteeg picked up a pair of assists against Anaheim, then did it the next night against Los Angeles, and has 15 points (5 G, 10 A) in the past 12 games. Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, Tommy Wingels – The San Jose trio had subpar possession numbers – all three under 40% -- but scored three goals in a 6-4 win over Anaheim, with Wingels putting up four points (1 G, 3 A), Couture scoring a couple goals and Marleau adding a couple assists. ZEROES Alex Chiasson – The Senators right winger had zero shot attempts in a combined 32:40 of time on ice at Florida and Tampa Bay with rough possession stats (10 shot attempts for, 26 against, 27.8%) in two games over the weekend. Capitals Goalies – Justin Peters (Three goals on 11 shots) and Braden Holtby (Three goals on 12 shots) both had a rough night in a 6-2 loss against Toronto Saturday. Frederik Andersen – Gave up five goals on 19 shots, in just over 26 minutes, in Anaheim’s 6-4 loss to San Jose Saturday. BREWER DEAL Anaheim acquired veteran defenceman Eric Brewer from Tampa Bay for a third-round draft pick. The 35-year-old has been playing a reduced role – under 20 minutes per game for the first time since 2000-01 – since the start of last season and he’s struggled this year. However, with Anaheim losing Francois Beauchemin to a broken finger, and having recently traded Bryan Allen, they could use a veteran with some size on the blueline. Expectations should be minimal at this stage of his career and it won’t come as a surprise if Brewer becomes a spare part once all Ducks defencemen are healthy. With Victor Hedman returning from injury, Brewer was also easy for the Lightning to move out, considering he might have fallen out of Tampa Bays top six. LINEUP NEED TO KNOW Bobby Ryan – The Senators’ right winger suffered a broken finger Friday at Florida and will be out for the next 4-6 weeks. It was a rough game for Ryan, who was on for five shot attempts for and 24 against (17.2%) in the loss. Victor Hedman – Tampa Bay’s top blueliner returned to action, with better than 70% possession against Ottawa Saturday, after missing more than five weeks with a broken finger. Ryan McDonagh – Returned to the Rangers lineup Friday, after missing nearly four weeks due to a separated shoulder. Kris Letang – Pittsburgh’s playmaking blueliner is out with a lower-body injury. His absence allowed Robert Bortuzzo to play against Carolina Saturday. Jonas Brodin – After missing two-and-a-half weeks while out with the mumps, Brodin returned to action for the Wild Friday, playing 22:38 in the win at Dallas. Bryan Little – The Jets centre left Friday’s 2-1 loss at Boston with a lower-body injury. Artem Anisimov – Suffered a torn triceps Saturday against Nashville, a game in which he was buried in term of puck possession (2 shot attempts for, 14 against, 12.5%), and will be out 2-3 months. Mike Cammalleri – With Adam Henrique (lower body) and Travis Zajac both out due to injuries, the Devils shifted Cammalleri to centre, with Damien Brunner and Michael Ryder on his wings, for Saturday’s game against the Islanders and they controlled play, with Cammalleri driving possession (24 shot attempts for, 10 against, 70.6%). Alex Pietrangelo – Played a season-high 30:30 at Minnesota Saturday and has six points (1 G, 5 A) in the past five games. Tom Gilbert – The Canadiens defenceman was a healthy scratch for both games over the weekend, supplanted by recently-added Bryan Allen. J.T. Miller – Recalled from the AHL, the 2011 first-rounder played his first NHL game in six weeks Saturday against Philadelphia, and put up a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win. Miller had 15 points (6 G, 9 A) in 18 AHL games and the Rangers needed reinforcements with Tanner Glass out due to the mumps and Chris Kreider missing the game following the death of his grandfather. Zemgus Girgensons – The second-year Sabres centre played a career-high 23:54 against Montreal Friday. Hampus Lindholm – With the Ducks limiting ice time to third-pair rookies Jesse Blacker and Mat Clark, Lindholm skated a career-high 29:25 for the Ducks against Chicago on Friday. Eric Tangradi – Played his first game of the season for Montreal Friday, playing 8:54 on the fourth line. Vincent Lecavalier – Played 5:56 at the Rangers on Saturday and has no goals and two assists in his last 12 games. Andrew MacDonald – In the first year of a contract extension that comes with a $5-million cap hit, MacDonald was a healthy scratch against the Rangers Saturday. Islanders blueline – Lubomir Visnovsky has an upper-body injury and Johnny Boychuk a lower-body injury, so Brian Strait and Matt Donovan were inserted into the Isles’ lineup Saturday against New Jersey. David Pastrnak – In his second NHL game, Pastrnak joined Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and while he didn’t score, did register 10 shot attempts (7 SOG). SHORT SHIFTS Sabres LW Tyler Ennis had a goal and an assist against Montreal Friday, and now has eight points (3 G, 5 A) in the past seven games…Same goes for Sabres LW Matt Moulson, who had a goal and an assist against Montreal and has eight points (3 G, 5 A) in the past seven games…Rangers C Derek Stepan had three assists against the Flyers Friday, giving him seven points (1 G, 6 A) during a five-game point streak…Canucks C Nick Bonino registered three assists in a 5-0 win at Columbus Friday, and now has him 10 points (3 G, 7 A) in the past 12 games…Senators enforcer Chris Neil recorded a Gordie Howe Hat Trick (goal, assist, fight) at Florida Friday, though his courtesy bout with Shawn Thornton was stopped quickly by officials. Wild LW Zach Parise picked up three assists in Friday’s 5-4 win at Dallas, then scored a goal in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to St. Louis leaving him with 10 points (5 G, 5 A) in the past nine games…Stars LW Jamie Benn and has 10 points (3 G, 7 A) during a six-game point streak…Stars C Tyler Seguin had his third straight multi-point game Friday, and added an assist Saturday at Colorado, giving him seven points (4 G, 3 A) during a four-game point streak…Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom picked up a couple assists in a 6-2 loss to the Maple Leafs; he has eight points (1 G, 7 A) during a five-game point streak. Lightning RW Ryan Callahan continued his recent good run, putting up a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over Ottawa Saturday, giving him 15 points (7 G, 8 A) in his past 12 games…Lightning LW Alex Killorn has eight points (5 G, 3 A) during a seven-game point streak… Islanders C Casey Cizikas had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over the Devils Saturday. Cizikas has five points (1 G, 4 A) in the past five games. Avalanche D Tyson Barrie had three assists in a 5-2 win over Dallas Saturday, giving him 10 points (1 G, 9 A) in the past 10 games…Avalanche LW Gabriel Landeskog registered a goal and an assist against Dallas, giving him eight points (3 G, 5 A) in the past six games…Avalanche LW Alex Tanguay scored a goal and added two assists against Dallas, and has nine points (4 G, 5 A) in the past nine games…Flames LW Jiri Hudler recorded a goal and two assists in a 3-0 win at Arizona Saturday; he has eight points (5 G, 3 A) during a four-game point streak. Against Montreal Saturday, Sabres centres Zemgus Girgensons (4 wins, 17 losses) and Cody Hodgson (1 win, 14 losses) combined to win five of 36 faceoffs (13.9%)…In a 5-0 loss to Vancouver Friday, the Columbus defence tandem of David Savard and Jordan Leopold were on the ice for better than 80% of shot attempts at even strength…Hurricanes C Riley Nash had a stellar possession game (22 shot attempts for, 5 against, 81.5%) Friday against Pittsburgh, despite starting fewer shifts in the offensive zone (37.5%)…In Philadelphia’s 3-0 loss the Rangers Friday, RW Wayne Simmonds had a dominant possession game (18 shot attempts for, 1 against, 94.7%)…Canadiens LW Alex Galchenyuk and C Tomas Plekanec recorded better than 80% possession and Galchenyuk had 16 shot attempts (6 SOG) in Saturday’s 4-3 shootout loss at Buffalo…In Saturday’s 2-1 win over Columbus, Nasvhille’s top line – Filip Forsberg, Mike Ribeiro and James Neal – carried better than 80% possession, led by Forsberg (26 shot attempts for, 5 against, 83.9%), getting the best of their most frequent matchup, against the Blue Jackets’ line of Matt Calvert, Boone Jenner and Jack Skille. Canucks G Ryan Miller stopped all 31 shots he faced at Columbus Friday…Rangers G Cam Talbot recorded a 26-save shutout vs. Philadelphia Friday…Sabres G Jhonas Enroth stopped 30 of 31 shots in Friday’s 2-1 win over Montreal, then turned aside 41 of 44 shots to earn a 4-3 shootout win over the Habs on Saturday…Jets G Michael Hutchinson stopped 36 of 38 shots in a 2-1 loss at Boston Friday…Bruins G Tuukka Rask stopped 35 of 36 Jets shots for the win…Islanders G Jaroslav Halak stopped 34 of 35 shots, including all 16 in the third period, in a 3-1 win over New Jersey Saturday…Blues G Jake Allen stopped 36 of 38 shots in a 3-2 overtime win at Minnesota Saturday…Flames G Karri Ramo had a 26-save shutout at Arizona Saturday. It was his second straight shutout and raises his save percentage to .919 for the season. FIRSTS Kerby Rychel – The 2012 first-round pick played 10:36 in his first NHL game for Columbus in a 2-1 loss to Nashville Saturday. Rychel had 13 points (6 G, 7 A) in 22 AHL games. Jesper Fast – The Rangers rookie scored his first NHL goal, and added an assist, in a 5-2 win over Philadelphia Saturday, his 22nd career game. Jesse Blacker – Played 6:03 for the Ducks against the Blackhawks Friday, his first NHL game, but the results (2 shot attempts for, 11 against, 15.4%) weren’t ideal. Tim Schaller – The 24-year-old forward, who was an undrafted free agent out of Providence College, made his NHL debut with the Sabres, playing 11:52, and getting dominated possession-wise (4 shot attempts for, 21 against, 16.0%) against Montreal Saturday. Schaller had 15 points (6 G, 9 A) in 20 AHL games before getting called up. Jyrki Jokipakka – The Stars blueliner recorded two assists against Minnesota Friday, the first two points of his career. Much of the data included comes from www.war-on-ice.com, www.puckalytics.com, www.hockeystats.ca and www.naturalstattrick.com Scott Cullen can be reached at scott.cullen@bellmedia.ca Garrett Richards Jersey . 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