Nick Grossmann 4th in the NHL in blocked shots

Nick Grossmann 4th in the NHL in blocked shots
December 11, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Nick Grossmann is fourth in the NHL with 78 blocked shots. (USA Today Images)

Nicklas Grossmann has 68 blocked shots this season. (USA Today Images)

CHICAGO – Nick Grossmann goes into tonight’s game against the Blackhawks with 78 blocked shots – fourth highest in the NHL.

He's averaging 2.6 blocks per game.

Grossmann led the NHL through the first 30 games last year – the lockout shortened season - with 82 blocked shots.

Then on March 22, he sustained a concussion in a practice session at Skate Zone and didn’t play the remainder of the 48-game schedule, missing the final 18 games.

Grossmann is healthy this season and is contending for the blocked-shot title.

“Yeah, I don’t look at it,” he said. “You guys keep me updated.”

The Islanders' Andrew MacDonald leads the league with 108. Calgary has two players running second and third in Kris Russell (86) and Chris Butler (81).

Grossmann does not wear skate-protectors full time either in practice or games. When he does, he might slip them on before a penalty kill.

For now, he says he’ll continue blocking shots without worry of a foot injury.

Measuring stick
The Flyers will find out tonight how good they are or how far they have to go. 

“For sure, you’re playing the Stanley Cup champions and they’re a very good team,” coach Craig Berube said. “It’s a good challenge for our hockey team. They should be pumped up. Go out and play.”

Chicago has scored five goals or more 13 times this season - best in the NHL. The Blackhawks have scored six goals in each of their last two games.

How?

“Talent and great one-on-one players,” Berube said.

Loose pucks
Tye McGinn would have been part of the on-ice skate -- however optional it was -- but was ill. He is obviously not going to play tonight. … Barring injury or illness, Sunday at Washington will be Jakub Voracek’s 400th career NHL game.