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BTB BLOG: WHO'S HOT IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS

Wednesday, 12.19.2007 / 2:06 PM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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BTB BLOG: WHO\'S HOT IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS
Beyond the Boards is written by the Buffalo Sabres Website Manager, Brian Wheeler. Joining the Sabres prior to the 2003-04 season, Wheeler is the main contact and content editor for Sabres.com. He has worked in the NHL, NFL, AHL and NLL over the past 11 years.  Click here to send him an email.

 
Kristian Huselius and the Calgary Flames are on fire (photo: Getty Images)
Dec 19, 2007, 2:06 PM EST

A lot happens in 82 games.  Want to know who the hottest players are in the league right now?  Don't look at the leader boards.  Take a snapshot of the last 14 days, you'll see who's really on fire.  That's exactly what we've done below.



GOALS
This isn't even close.  Calgary's captain, Jarome Iginla has lit the lamp 10 times in seven games.  The nearest player to Iggy: Ottawa's Dany Heatley with six.

Closest Sabres Player:  Balanced scoring sinks the Sabres here.  Jochen Hecht's, Derek Roy's, Drew Stafford's and Thomas Vanek's three goals each are tied with a plethora of players - including Washington's Nicklas Backstrom, Anaheim's Todd Bertuzzi, Philly's Daniel Briere, Minnesota's Marian Gaborik, and Tampa Bay's Martin St.Louis - for the 27th spot in the league.

League Leader: Illya Kovalchuk (ATL) with 27 goals in 33 games.



ASSISTS
Calgary's perfect record on a six-game road trip was helped by the fact that Kristian Huselius and Dion Phaneuf each posted nine assists in seven game.

Closest Sabres Player:   Jason Pominville is tied for seventh in the league with seven helpers in as many games.

League Leader: Jason Spezza (OTT) with 30 in 26 games.



POINTS
Huselius is burning up with 14 points in his last five games.  He may be tied for 20th in league scoring, but with five points (3+2) at TB, five points (1+4) at STL and two points (0+2) at CLB, Huselius edges teammate Jarome Iginla - 13 points in seven - by a hair.

Closest Sabres Player:   Derek Roy with nine points in seven games.

League Leader: Vincent Lecavalier (TB) with 51 in 34 games.



Derek Roy (photo: Getty Images)
PLUS/MINUS
The Ottawa Senators are in the midst of a six-game winning streak that has seen the team outscore the opposition 26-10 in that span, so it's no surprise that five Sens top the league in plus/minus during the last two weeks.

The top five are as follows: Dany Heatley (+11); Jason Spezza (+10); Joe Corvo (+9); Wade Redden (+9); and Randy Robitaille (+8).

Closest Sabres Player:  Roy tied for sixth with a +7 rating

League Leader: Heatley with a +27 rating in 32.



PIM
LA defenseman Rob Blake may be tied for 14th in the league in penalty minutes, but he's spent a massive amount of time in the "Sin Bin" the last 14 days.  Blake's 46 penalty minutes is tops in the league by more than a dozen over San Jose's Craig Rivet.

Closest Sabres Player:   Paul Gaustad at the 56th spot with 11 minutes in seven games.

League Leader: Daniel Carcillo (PHX) with 145 in 32 games.
 
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82