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70.37 — Percentage of faceoffs won by rookie Victor Rask in the Carolina’s last two preseason games. Rask won eight of 11 draws Wednesday vs. the Islanders — including winning all five against Frans Nielsen, who was a team-best 49.3 percent last season for New York among their frequent faceoff men — a night after going 11 of 16 in Buffalo. Comparatively, Elias Lindholm won just three of 16 faceoffs Wednesday, a night after Riley Nash staked his claim with a 10 of 12 showing against the Sabres. One of Lindholm’s wins, however, was on the power play and earned him an assist on Jeff Skinner’s rebound goal.
With No. 2 center Jordan Staal out with a significant injury, the battle to replace him will come down to many factors. Faceoffs are a small, but significant, part of that, and thus far Rask has proven he's capable at the dot.