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By the numbers: Vanek's ice time

By Mike Harrington

In Saturday's paper, I take a look at Thomas Vanek's burgeoning ice time -- which is the most in his career even if it's slightly behind that of other big-name forwards in the NHL. 

If Vanek hits 20 minutes tonight on Long Island, it will mark three straight 20-minute games for just the second time in his career. The other time? October, 2005 in games 3-4-5 as a Sabre!!

The story also included a chart showing Vanek's standing compared to the league leaders. Graphic elements sometimes don't make the Web site, so I've reproduced the chart here:

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Comparing Vanek’s ice time to NHL leaders among forwards

Player                     Per game    Even      PP       PK   Secs/shift Shifts

1. Ilya Kovalchuk, NJ    26:02      17:47     6:15    1:59       58.0     27.0

2. John Tavares, NYI     21:52      17:13     4:29   0:10       54.0     24.3

3. M. St. Louis, TB        21:50      16:23    4:35    0:51       56.0      23.2

4. Steven Stamkos, TB   21:49     16:26    4:34    0:47       55.0      23.6

5. Travis Zajac, NJ        21:43     15:22    3:49   2:32        48.0      27.1

6. Claude Giroux, Phil    21:41     15:07    4:44   1:49       51.0       25.5

7. Alex Ovechkin, Wash  21:32     15:49    5:26    0:16       58.0      22.5

8. Alexander Semin, Car  21:31    15:39    5:33    0:18       50.0      26.0

9. Jarome Iginla, Cal       21:24    16:42    4:03   0:39        47.0      27.1

10. Eric Staal, Car          21:23     14:56   5:13    1:13        46.0     27.7

42. VANEK                    19:47     15:02   4:24   0:21       51.0     23.1

Vanek’s rankings among forwards:
Even strength ice: 41st
Power-play ice: T-21st
Penalty kill ice: T-240th
Seconds per shift: T-17th
Total shifts: T-114th

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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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