Our Frozen Tools Forensics writer Chris Kane profiled 4th Year Breakout players in his article this week. The most prominent name on that list is Andrei Svechnikov, who continued to add to his point total on Friday. Svechnikov scored a pair of power-play goals to go with an assist in the Hurricanes' 5-3 win over Nashville. Over his last five games, Svechnikov has six goals and three assists. As well, he is over the point-per-game mark (47 PTS in 45 GP) for the first time in his career.
We haven't had to wait that long for Svechnikov to blossom. He has scored 20 goals three times in his career, and he even came close to a point-per-game in the shortened 2019-20 season (61 PTS in 68 GP). He's already keeping quite the company with what he's accomplished so far.
Vincent Trocheck left this game with an upper-body injury. After the game, Rod Brind'Amour said he didn't think the injury was serious, but they would know more tomorrow.
Memo to Montreal fans: The icetime leader among Canes forwards was Jesperi Kotkaniemi (17:46). That was likely due to the Trocheck injury, though. KK scored a goal while taking three shots. He had not recorded a point in his previous four games or a goal in his previous eight games, and his average icetime has been much more limited throughout the season (12:20).
Frederik Andersen has not had a really bad start since November 30. (Leafs fans may remember that he had a bunch of them last season, particularly in March.) Since that last RBS, Freddie has a record of 15-2-2 with a 2.15 GAA and .926 SV%. His quality start percentage (52.6%) could be higher, but there aren't many better options if you need a win. He is currently tied with Andrei Vasilevskiy for the league lead in in that category (26).
With three helpers, Roman Josi now has eight points (all assists) in his last five games. Josi is one of fou