Hot and Not: Goalies getting it done; some big-name skaters struggling

Roberto Luongo continues to get the job done, even after nearly 900 games in the crease. Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire

A look at the players trending up and down across the NHL over the past week.


Stepping up

Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers: The veteran goaltender anchored the team’s recent five-game winning streak. He was in net for four of those wins, which was his longest streak since winning five consecutive games with the Canucks during the 2013-14 season. His string of success was snapped during Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Luongo is tied with Tony Esposito for seventh all time in games played by a goalie (886). Prior to Sunday, Luongo had allowed only one goal in three of his four previous wins.

Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators: The two-time Norris Trophy winner is already a strong candidate to win his third this season. Overall, he has six goals and 26 assists. He scored the winning goal in Ottawa’s 3-2 overtime victory against the New York Islanders on Saturday. He also chipped in two assists. It was the fifth time this season he’s produced a three-point game. He’s tied with the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane for the league lead in assists with 26.

Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins: The veteran goaltender posted a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday to record his third shutout this season. The win helped Boston extend its points streak to eight games (6-0-2). Rask is 4-0-2 with a 1.71 goals-against average, a .941 save percentage and two shutouts in his past six games.

A step back

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning: The captain has three assists in the past four games, but he’s gone six games without a goal.

Tomas Fleischmann, Montreal Canadiens: Fleischmann has gone six games without a point, his longest drought of the season. Overall, he has seven goals and eight assists this season.


Stepping up

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks: Yeah, this isn’t a surprise. Kane extended his points streak to a franchise-record 22 games during Sunday’s 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. His assist on linemate Artemi Panarin's empty-net goal in the waning minutes of the third period helped Kane surpass Bobby Hull’s 21-game streak set in 1971-72. The Blackhawks are 12-6-4 during Kane’s streak. He has 13 goals and 23 assists on the season.

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators: The defenseman registered six points in three games last week. He had three assists in a 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Weber then scored his first career hat trick during Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. He's second on the Predators this season with nine goals.

Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets: The veteran forward produced a six-game points streak and posted one goal and five assists during that span. Wheeler snapped his streak during Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

A step back

Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks: The Sharks have lost three consecutive games, and Thornton has gone eight games without a goal. He’s known more as a playmaker than a scorer, but he’s also registered only one helper during that span. Overall, Thornton has three goals and 12 assists in 26 games this season.

Mike Smith, Arizona Coyotes: The goalie lost three games last week and allowed 11 goals against the Predators, Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres. As a team, the Coyotes have lost four straight, and fellow goalie Anders Lindback suffered a 5-4 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.