Hot and not: Lightning are getting a jolt while the Habs hit the skids

Steven Stamkos is coming on strong for the Lightning, while David Desharnais is just one of the Canadiens who is struggling lately. Getty Images

The players who have been trending up and down over the past week in the NHL.


Stepping up

Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators: The netminder has been outstanding of late. He made 38 saves in Ottawa’s 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday night at Canadian Tire Centre. Anderson is 3-0-1 in his past four games and has stopped 141 of 148 shots during this stretch. The Senators lead the league in shots allowed this season, averaging 34 per game, and Anderson has faced 30 or more shots 21 times in his 29 games this season.

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning: The captain scored a pair of power-play goals in a 32-second span to help the Lightning to a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Stamkos finished the game with three points and has six points in the past four games. Tampa is 4-2-0 in that span.

Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres: The rookie had two goals and two assists to lead the Sabres to a 6-3 comeback victory over the Bruins on Saturday at TD Garden. It was a single-game career high for the phenom. It was the first professional game in Boston for the native of Chelmsford, Mass., since being drafted No. 2 overall last June. Overall, he has 11 goals and nine assists.

Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets: Despite the team’s three-game losing skid, Saad has seven points in the past five games. Overall, he has 13 goals and 12 assists in 37 games this season.

A step back

David Desharnais, Montreal Canadiens: The forward has one assist in the past 15 games. His last goal came on Nov. 22. The entire team is struggling, though, so he’s not the only one to blame for Montreal’s six-game losing skid.

Brett Connolly, Boston Bruins: The team is in the midst of a three-game losing streak, and Connolly has gone 11 games without a point. That seems nearly impossible when you’re playing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.


Stepping up

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames: The high-flying forward has six points in his past three games, including five goals in the past two. He registered his 100th career point, and his second hat trick in December, during Tuesday’s 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. He also scored three goals against the Bruins on Dec. 4. Gaudreau registered goals Nos. 16 and 17 of the season during Sunday’s 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks: Perry scored two goals to help the Ducks to a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night at Honda Center in Anaheim. It was his first multi-goal game since Nov. 24 against the Flames. Overall, Perry leads the Ducks with 13 goals and has four points in the past four games.

Patrick Sharp, Dallas Stars: Teammates Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin have seen plenty of ink in this category, so it’s about time to give Sharp some credit, too. His goal and assist helped Dallas to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. In fact, he has eight points (three goals, five assists) in the past five games. Overall, he has 13 goals and 17 assists in 37 games this season. The veteran forward also has some impressive numbers against the Blues in his career, posting 16 goals and 28 assists in 57 games.

A step back

Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks: Silfverberg has not scored in his past five games, and is a minus-8 while averaging 17 minutes per game.

Drew Stafford, Winnipeg Jets: Stafford has gone four games without a point while averaging close to 20 minutes per game.