That Patrice Bergeron lost the Selke to Anze Kopitar last season remains an absolute laugh riot. Bergeron’s defensive and possession metrics were vastly superior, he won way more faceoffs and even scored more goals. Voters often do a really bad job with those things, however, and gave it to the Los Angeles captain because they felt he was “due.” Idiots.
Anyway, Bergeron should be back in the discussion once again to earn the distinction of being the best two-way forward in the league. While the three-time winner's points have dropped off from last season (he currently has 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points), he remains a monster in terms of possession and faceoff prowess.
Bergeron leads the NHL in faceoff wins (1,068), while his 59.8 percent success rate sits third in the league to Matt Duchene (62.8 percent) and Antoine Vermette (62.3 percent). He’s also on an absolute tear at the dot over the last two games.
Bergeron won all 17 of his faceoffs Tuesday against the Lightning, but as @bruins_stats (a worthwhile follow) noted on Twitter Wednesday morning, that brings No. 37 to 25 straight faceoff wins dating back to Sunday’s battles with fellow Selke-winner and faceoff ace Jonathan Toews.
Bergeron also leads the league in relative Corsi percentage, meaning the percentage of shots his team makes with him on the ice vs. without him on the ice.