In tonight's 3-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets, there's a number that leaps out from the boxscore: 37. That's the number of face off wins that the Blues had as a team to the Jackets' 16. Obviously face off wins lead to increased possession time, and the more you have the puck the more likely you are to score.
The team as a whole did well in the dot. Kyle Brodziak won 60%, David Backes won 61%, Steve Ott 75%, and Jori Lehtera 78%.
But look at Paul Stastny:
Welcome back, Paul.
If the Blues continue face off dominance like this, it will go a long way to catching up to the Stars in the Central Division.