The Stat Line Of The Night — 2/7/11 — Mikael Samuelsson
After an outstanding playoff run last year that saw him record 15 points in 12 games, Mikael Samuelsson has had a difficult time duplicating that production this season. It is almost as if he has been on a season-long slump, but he finally appears to be breaking out of it as he entered last night’s game with at least two points in four of his previous five games.
Make that five of his previous six, thanks to a three point performance last night against the visiting Ottawa Senators. Samuelsson had the hot hand once again, assisting on Ryan Kessler’s goal in the first period before adding two of his own, as the Canucks held off the Sens for the 4-2 victory.
The Canucks currently sit in first place in the entire NHL with 79 points, as they have scored a league-high 183 goals for thus far. Much of that offensive production has come off the stick of the Sedin twins, but if Samuelsson can get things rolling as they head into the playoffs, there may be no stopping Vancouver come April. For now, Samuelsson earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, February 7, 2011.