- Neil Greenberg, NHL
We have witnessed the Boston Bruins, the reigning Stanley Cup champions, turn their season around with a 9-1-0 record over their past 10 games. At the heart of the nine-game winning streak stands their captain, Zdeno Chara, who has racked up a goal, nine assists and a plus-11 during the streak after getting just four points in the Bruins' first 10 games.
One of Chara's strengths is his ability to combine an above-average scoring rate while also carrying a heavy defensive load, a rare but incredibly valuable skill.
During even strength, Chara tilts the ice in Boston's favor despite playing against tough opposition and starting in his own zone more often than not, driving puck possession with a hefty 26.6 Corsi relative to the competition, good for third-best in the league among skaters playing at least 15 games and 15 even-strength minutes per game (for a full definition of Corsi, click here; essentially, it is a plus/minus rating that measures shot attempts). His 5.3 points per 60 minutes on the power-play is second-best on the team, ahead of Tyler Seguin and Joe Corvo, both of whom get more power-play time on ice. Plus, Chara is a steadying presence on the penalty kill.
The 6-foot-9, 255-pound defenseman also leads the team in time on ice per game (25:16), even-strength time per game (19:10) and short-handed ice time per game (3:28), and he is playing 2:37 per game with the man advantage. In other words, Chara is a true triple threat.
Here are four other skaters who could round out this year's All-Star Triple Threat team.
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