How are your favourite NHLers faring at the Olympics?

American Phil Kessel (QMI Agency), Czech Ondrej Pavelec (Reuters), Austrian Michael Grabner...

American Phil Kessel (QMI Agency), Czech Ondrej Pavelec (Reuters), Austrian Michael Grabner (Reuters).

John Matisz, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:43 PM ET

With Thursday serving as a day off for the Olympic men's hockey tournament, we decided to look into how well players from each NHL team are faring in Russia.

As expected, the results were mixed.

We've determined at least four teams have to be thrilled with their guys' performances in Sochi.

Others, not so much.

And a couple teams fall somewhere in the middle of happiness and sadness.

4 HAPPY NHL TEAMS

Maple Leafs -- With American Phil Kessel leading the tournament in points with eight, Toronto should be overjoyed. Not to be outdone, James van Riemsdyk, Kessel's centre, has contributed a goal and four assists to go along with an Olympics-high plus-7 rating.

Ducks -- Although Anaheim's six other Olympians are doing just fine, netminder Jonas Hiller has made the biggest impact in Sochi. Hiller, one of eight NHLers to don Switzerland's red and white, recorded a pair of round-robin shutouts and finished the tournament with a .976 save percentage.

Kings - Defenceman Drew Doughty leads all Canadians in not only goals (four) but points (six). Goalie Jonathan Quick (.935 save percentage through four games) and Dustin Brown (plus-5, three points) have been key to USA's success. Enough said.

Penguins -- At one point leading Finland in scoring, Olli Maatta -- Pittsburgh's most promising young blueliner -- has been huge for his native land. Four points in four games for a 19-year-old is impressive, to say the least. Captain Sidney Crosby hasn't been on fire but has played well as a whole, winning 66% of his faceoffs.

2 CONFUSED NHL TEAMS

Islanders -- Long Island is surely experiencing Olympic-related highs and lows. Austrian Michael Grabner was surprisingly dominant in four contests, notching five goals and an assist. His veteran countryman Tomas Vanek, meanwhile, notched only an assist. However, the worst news of all is the injury to Canada's John Tavares, who has been sidelined for the rest of the NHL season.

Blues -- On one hand, there's T.J. Oshie, the American hero who demolished the Russians in a round-robin shootout and has recorded a point per game. On the other is Jaroslav Halak, the underachieving Slovak goalie who allowed eight goals on 56 shots in less than two games of action. Ya win some, ya lose some, right St. Louis?

4 UNHAPPY NHL TEAMS

Panthers -- The Miami-based franchise sent two players to Sochi. Unfortunately, both will return wounded. Finland's Aleksander Barkov (knee) and Slovakia's Tomas Kopecky (upper-body) left the tournament hurt. Seeing as Florida begins the post-Olympic stretch 13 points out of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, these injuries sting.

Rangers -- A feel-good story before the tournament, Mats Zuccarello's broken hand is dreadful news for New York. The 26-year-old from Norway has had a tremendous year, posting a team-high 43 points in 58 games. There's no timeline for his return, though it likely won't happen immediately following the Olympic break.

Avalanche -- Semyon Varlamov, who's having a breakout year in Denver, leaves Sochi with a .917 save percentage in tow. He failed to perform after being awarded the No. 1 goalie gig for the host Russians. The team's other Olympians -- Swede Gabriel Landeskog, Canadian Matt Duchene, American Paul Stastny -- have been solid, albeit unspectacular, so far.

Jets -- Ten goals on 90 shots is not a good look for Czech keeper Ondrej Pavelec. While Winnipeg's inconsistent goalie wasn't given much help in Sochi, Pavelec also didn't come close to stealing a game like Kristers Gudlevskis, Latvia's goalie, managed versus the Canadians.


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