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Five individual stats you may find interesting


.900 — Martin Brodeur’s even-strength save percentage. Among goalies with at least 20 appearances, only two — Calgary’s Reto Berra (.899) and Nashville’s Devan Dubnyk (.898) — have lower numbers than that. Devils teammate Cory Schneider, meanwhile, is at .924, making him the obvious choice between the two New Jersey netminders…if this were a normal goalie competition. Which, clearly, it isn’t. But if the Devils want to make a serious run at the playoffs, it’s also quite clear that Schneider gives them the best chance of winning.

19 — Points for Brad Marchand since his antics in the Vancouver game on Dec. 14 that left both his coach and general manager unimpressed. That’s a stretch of 18 games, so slightly more than a point a game. In his first 33 games, he had just 14 points. Marchand and Reilly Smith were actually the two most dangerous Bruins forwards in that 6-2 loss to the Canucks, but obviously that’s not what people were talking about after the game. Peter Chiarelli even had to come out in the following days and say he wasn’t going to trade Marchand.

22 — Goals for Edmonton’s David Perron, including the hat trick he scored last night. For all the lambasting Oilers management has received this season, Craig MacTavish knocked it out of the park when he landed Perron from St. Louis for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick. The Blues were in a cap crunch and MacTavish pounced. Perron, 25, is signed through 2015-16 for a cap hit of just $3.8 million.

22:15 — Ryan Kesler’s average ice time, the highest among NHL forwards. A combination of injuries and new coach John Tortorella’s philosophy of giving his best players a ton of ice time has contributed to this. Two other Canucks, Daniel Sedin (21:38) and currently injured Henrik Sedin (21:15), are fourth and seventh in this category, respectively. Is the philosophy working? Well, Kesler has just one even-strength goal in his last 22 games and Daniel hasn’t scored at any strength in his last 13. But hey, at least they can get some rest on the long flight to Sochi.

9 — Game-winning goals for Anaheim’s Corey Perry, the NHL’s leader in the category. In second place? Anaheim teammate Ryan Getzlaf, with seven. Combined, 16 of that pair’s 53 goals (30.2%) have been game-winners. We won’t get into a big discussion about “clutch” scoring here. Suffice to say, the whole concept of “clutch” is a controversial one in all sports. But it definitely shows the Ducks have received some timely scoring from their two stars, a big reason Anaheim is atop the NHL standings.

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In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)

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Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…

Two-for-two: Another successful coach’s challenge as Sens reverse Kane’s goal

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Coaches are quickly getting the hang of this challenge thing.

Following Mike Babcock’s successful challenge in Toronto’s opening-night loss to Montreal on Wednesday, Babcock’s provincial rival — Sens head coach Dave Cameron — got it right as well, successfully reversing Evander Kane‘s would-be equalizer in the third period.

From the league:

At 10:34 of the third period in the Senators/Sabres game, Ottawa requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Buffalo was off-side prior to Evander Kane’s goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”

Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Buffalo Sabres.

The clock is re-set to show 9:32 (10:28 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.

As the league later noted, this was the first coach’s challenge under the offside scenario.