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Karlsson poised for a repeat?

Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 2:59 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Karlsson poised for a repeat?



Watching Erik Karlsson play hockey this season has been a pleasure for anyone who has had the opportunity. The growth in his game from a year ago has been remarkable for two reasons:

1 He has now launched himself into the echelon of the best of the best.
2) He is visibly improved from a year ago despite being the reigning Norris Trophy winner.

Seeing advances in a player's game like that are few and far between, particularly when you're already at the level Karlsson has reached. The way he controls play and jumps into the rush in games this season confirms his status as a truly elite player.

I brought you the NHL Network's early Vezina predictions earlier this afternoon so we'll follow it up with some Norris ones. If Anderson and Karlsson can keep up their pace throughout the season they would be just the third tandem to win a Vezina and a Norris.

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 6 2 2 0 4
M. Zibanejad 6 1 3 0 4
E. Karlsson 6 1 3 -2 4
M. Stone 6 0 4 0 4
M. Hoffman 6 1 2 -3 3
B. Ryan 6 2 0 1 2
C. MacArthur 6 2 0 -2 2
K. Turris 6 1 1 -2 2
C. Ceci 6 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 6 1 0 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 2 2 1 .972 0.97
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44