It’s getting to that point in the season when players are heating up and becoming repeat performers, and this week we have some new additions mixed in with the familiar faces.
A step up
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings: His three-point game helped the Red Wings to 6-5 win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday. The veteran forward also reached the 900-point plateau. He’s the sixth player in Red Wings history to reach that milestone, joining Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio, Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov.
Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers: The rookie defenseman extended his point streak to 12 games with an assist during the Flyers 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday. He has three goals and 12 assists during that span. His streak set an NHL record for the longest by a rookie blue-liner, surpassing Barry Beck’s 10-gamer for the Colorado Rockies during the 1977-78 season.
Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins: The surging forward scored the fastest goal in team history when he beat Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek only eight seconds into Sunday’s 6-5 loss to Detroit. Marchand has 13 goals in the past 13 games and has a total of 16 points in that span. His 28 goals this season match his career-high, set during the 2011-12 season.
A step back
Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers: On Feb. 6, Simmonds sucker-punched and concussed Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, who has missed the past four games. Simmonds did not receive supplementary discipline for the incident. On Sunday, the teams faced off again and Simmonds was forced to answer the bell when the Rangers’ Dylan McIlrath dropped the gloves challenged Simmonds only 39 seconds into the game.
Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning: The winger has gone four games without a point as the Lightning try to remain in the playoff structure. Overall, he has six goals and 10 assists in 35 games this season.
A step up
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings: On Friday, a three-goal performance by Kopitar helped the Kings to a 5-4 victory over the Rangers. It was his third career hat trick and his first in five seasons. He leads Los Angeles with 16 goals and 34 assists this season. He has three goals and seven assists in past eight games.
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars: After a season-high, four-game pointless skid, the high-flying forward has five goals and four assists in past six games. He scored twice to lead the Stars to a 4-3 win over the Capitals on Saturday. It was his league-leading sixth multi-goal game of the season. It’s also the third time he’s reached the 30-goal plateau in as many seasons with the Stars. Overall, he ranks third in the league with 30 goals and fourth with 62 points.
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks: The veteran forward has eight points in the past four games. His two-point performance (1 G, 1 A) helped the Ducks to a 3-2 overtime win against the Blackhawks on Saturday. Anaheim is 8-1-1 in its past 10 games. It was also Getzlaf's fourth consecutive multi-point game.
Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks: The veteran defenseman scored both Chicago goals in the loss to the Ducks. It was his third career multi-goal game, and marks the first time in his career he's scored 10 goals in a season.
A step back
Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche: He's been "Hot" a few times this season, and early last week made a season-high 43 saves to help the Avs to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Red Wings. However, he made his third start in a four-day span Sunday against the Sabres, allowing two goals on two shots before being pulled from what ended up being a 4-1 loss for the Avs.
Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks: The 21-year-old forward is in the midst of a 10-game pointless skid. His last goal came on Jan. 6, his last assist on Jan. 19 against the Predators.