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Who draws the calls

As a followup to last week's piece about which players are drawing penalties more frequently than others, I've posted a publicly available Google Spreadsheet which shows updated numbers through Sunday night.  I'll try and refresh the spreadsheet each Monday morning throughout the season, for your viewing and downloading pleasure.  If you're using Excel or OpenOffice, you can easily Export this document into your favorite format for your own use (such as totalling by team, or whatever you like).  As with the Super Schedule, if you have anything you'd like to see added to this spreadsheet, or have other suggestions for information which you'd like to see posted, drop a note in the comments and I'll see what I can do.  When I've got some time I'll also update the template here to provide a quick & easy bookmark to this information, as well as some other stuff that I may post as well.
 
The leaders through the October 21 games are as follows...
 
Team No. Player Pen. Drawn
L.A 13 CAMMALLERI 11
S.J 19 THORNTON 10
L.A 11 KOPITAR 10
WSH 8  OVECHKIN 8
PIT 87 CROSBY 8
NYR 19 GOMEZ 8
DET 13 DATSYUK 8
PIT 12 MALONE 7
OTT 12 FISHER 7
N.J 16 ZUBRUS 7
BUF 61 AFINOGENOV 7
ANA 15 GETZLAF 6
ANA 21 O'DONNELL 6
PHX 11 HANZAL 6
MTL 21 HIGGINS 6
EDM 83 HEMSKY 6
CHI 88 KANE 6
CGY 12 IGINLA 6
CAR 13 WHITNEY 6
CAR 12 STAAL 6
BUF 19 CONNOLLY 6
 
That sure looks like an All-Star cast of characters drawing calls from the referees, doesn't it?

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