by John Toperzer
— Sidney Crosby’s 52.7 percent win rate in the faceoff circle is good, but it’s actually the worst among Pittsburgh’s four main centermen.
Joe Vitale 57.9 percent (44W-32L), Evgeni Malkin 57.6 percent (49-36) and Brandon Sutter 57.1 percent (64-48) all have better win rates in the dot.
Malkin’s numbers, by far, are the most surprising.
— Crosby, with 75 points (20G, 55A) in 41 games, has more points against the Islanders than any other team. He has 73 points (29G, 44A) in 44 contests versus Philadelphia.
Malkin, by comparison, has the most points against Philly — 57 (22G, 35A) in 40 games. His second highest total comes against the Isles, with 19 goals and 49 points in 39 contests.
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