Found March 10, 2012 on
Welcome to Center Ice Chat’s irregular series, Top 5, in which we rank the best, and sometimes, worst, of rankings by numbers. Today, we take a look at enforcers, not just for the sake of racking up box minutes and hits, but also being productive to team in greater ways. Chris Neil takes No. 5 of most productive enforcers this season. 5. Chris Neal, Ottawa Senators Chris Neal is always a bit of a tough customer to handle, but enforcer has grinned out 228 hits (T-4th) while dropping the gloves six times with 114 penalty minutes. Outside of that, however, he’s more than just a physical threat. With 11 goals and 14 assists, the right winger is having his best productive year since the 2005-06 season. He’s also taken the puck with 18 shot blocks. Not bad for a winger. Credit that to the penalty kill. 4. Derek Dorsett, Columbus Blue Jackets With players who have 50+ games under the belt, Dorsett is No. 3 in penalty minutes per game with 2.95. Maybe not the best perceptio...

Avalanche 3, Oilers 2, SO

Milan Hejduk and Peter Mueller scored in the shootout and Semyon Varlamov stopped both shots he faced and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Edmonton Oilers for a 3-2 win on Saturday. Cody McLeod and Mueller added goals in regulation for the surging Avalanche, who kept within striking distance of the eighth and final playoff spot. Ryan Smyth and Taylor Hall scored for the Oilers...

Ducks-Avalanche Preview

The playoff-contending Colorado Avalanche won't get to enjoy the comforts of home ice too often for the rest of the month. Before beginning a road-heavy stretch, the Avalanche will try to pick up some needed points Monday night when they face the Anaheim Ducks, who are hoping to have Corey Perry available to help end their recent scoring woes. Colorado (36-30-4) has aided its...
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