Who Leads the NHL in Blocked Shots This Year?

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Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez stakes against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Las Vegas.
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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Jan 23, 2023, 11:31 AM

Hockey players put their bodies on the line every shift, and there are few things tougher than blocking a shot going 90-plus miles an hour.

Like most penalty minutes, blocked shots aren’t really a major stat, are the first line of defense for teams, and help limit the scoring chances of the opposing teams.

Here are the blocked shots leaders as of Jan. 23.

Player Team Games Played Shots Blocked
Alec Martinez Vegas Golden Knights 43 146
Ivan Provorov Philadelphia Flyers 47 113
Jacob Trouba New York Rangers 46 111
Joel Edmundson Montreal Canadiens 37 103
Moritz Seider Detroit Red Wings 45 107
Brayden McNabb Vegas Golden Knights 47 105
David Savard Montreal Canadiens 34 104
Roman Josi Nashville Predators 46 103
Jared Spurgeon Minnesota Wild 45 101
Ben Chiarot Detroit Red Wings 45 100

The mid-point of the NHL season has passed for many teams and as the All-Star Game closes in, playoff races are heating up. It is no surprise that the Vegas Golden Knights have allowed the fewest goals in the Pacific Division, as they have three players in the top 10 of blocked shots.

Alec Martinez leads the league by a wide margin with 146 blocked shots. While Martinez only has eight points on the year, he has a plus/minus of +11, mainly due to getting in front of opponents’ shots. Teammate Brayden McNabb is a +9 with 13 points on the season.

With the All-Star break approaching, the top 10 in blocked shots have all hit triple digits. Jacob Trouba of the Rangers slid back to the third spot as Ivan Provorov leaped to No. 2. The Canadiens’ David Savard rejoins the group with 104 blocks in just 34 games, and Ben Chiarot is a newcomer at No. 10.

 

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