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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
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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