One quarter of the way through the NHL season, its time for an early look at the awards races, along with some advanced stats leaders and trailers. At this early point in the season, there are many more players in contention for the awards than just the three that Ive named, and a good or bad week can easily alter the landscape, but through the first 20 or so games of the NHL season, this is how the awards races look to me. HART TROPHY Winner: Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto Runners-up: Tyler Seguin, C, Boston; Kris Versteeg, RW, Florida Comment: Leading the league in goals and points, with a shooting percentage about twice that of his career average, Kessel has been outstanding for the Leafs, helping to ease the sting of the breakthrough performance by Seguin. Drafted with a pick acquired as part of a deal for Kessel(perhaps youve heard about this), Seguin is scoring better than a point-per-game and has a league-leading plus-18. Versteegs strong plus-minus gets him on the ballot, just ahead of Claude Giroux and others. NORRIS TROPHYWinner: Shea Weber, Nashville Runners-up: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit; Zdeno Chara, Boston Comment: All three log the tough minutes and contribute at both ends and there isnt a strong point to make against any of them, but as the only defenceman with at least 15 points and a plus-15 rating, not to mention that he plays more than 26 minutes per game, Weber is certainly deserving. VEZINA TROPHYWinner: Tim Thomas, Boston Runners-up: Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton; Mike Smith, PhoenixComment: What else is new? After last years spectacular season, Thomas is only slightly behind last years record-setting .938 save percentage, sitting at .936 (with a 1.85 goals against average) this season. Khabibulin has resurrected his career, after a summer that included jail time, with numbers very similar to Thomas. There are many contenders for the final spot, including Niklas Backstrom and Henrik Lundqvist, but Smith has been a standout for the Coyotes. Considering his last few seasons in Tampa Bay, its been a remarkable turnaround. CALDER TROPHYWinner: Matt Read, C, PhiladelphiaRunners-up: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Edmonton; Craig Smith, C, NashvilleComment: Read wasnt a hugely-heralded free agent when he signed out of Bemidji State last spring, but did offer a glimpse of things to come when he scored 13 points in 11 AHL games at the end of the year. Hes stepped right into the Flyers lineup and leads all rookies in goals and plus-minus. Even with those attributes, Read is facing a challenge from number one draft pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who leads all rookies with 22 points in 21 games. Smith left the University of Wisconsin after his sophomore season and after his performance at the World Championships for Team USA, its not a surprise that hes been able to move seamlessly into the Predators lineup. New Jerseys Adam Henrique and Colorados Gabriel Landeskog might be the next two contenders. JACK ADAMS AWARDWinner: Kevin Dineen, FloridaRunners-up: Peter Laviolette, Philadelphia; Dave Tippett, Phoenix Comment: New coaches frequently get early results, but the Panthers have done so with a roster that underwent serious overhaul in the offseason. In a similar vein, Peter Laviolette has the Flyers playing at a high level after significant summer trades that saw the Flyers ship out Jeff Carter and Mike Richards and bring in half a dozen forwards, most of whom are playing significant roles. Dave Tippett and Barry Trotz could be included virtually every year, but Tippett gets the edge right now, while Tom Renney (Edmonton), Glen Gulutzan (Dallas) and Mike Yeo (Minnesota) are among others that might be faring better than expected. For those that have been reading my work for a while, its no secret that I like digging into the advanced stats site www.behindthenet.ca, so here are just a couple of interesting stats leaders/trailers at this point in the season (minimum 10 games played). First up, penalty differential. Its obviously more advantageous for players to draw penalties rather than take them so, all other factors being equal, it would be nice to get an extra power play every couple of games because Michael Cammalleri, Jeff Skinner or Rick Nash are challenging opposing defenders and draw penalties as a result. RANK PLAYER TEAM POS. DRAWN TAKEN PEN. DIFF/GP 1. Michael Cammalleri Montreal LW 10 0 0.59 2. Jeff Skinner Carolina RW 17 4 0.57 3. Rick Nash Columbus RW 13 2 0.52 4. Matt Duchene Colorado C 12 1 0.50 5. Joe Thornton San Jose C 12 3 0.47 6. Darren Helm Detroit C 10 1 0.45 7. Alexei Emelin Montreal D 7 1 0.43 8. Dustin Brown Los Angeles RW 15 6 0.41 9. Eric Staal Carolina C 13 5 0.35 10. Cody Hodgson Vancouver C 8 1 0.33 And the trailers... RANK PLAYER TEAM POS. DRAWN TAKEN PEN. DIFF/GP 551. Brenden Morrow Dallas LW 3 11 -0.40 552. Brian Lee Ottawa D 1 5 -0.40 553. Kyle Quincey Colorado D 0 9 -0.41 554. Steve Staios N.Y. Islanders D 2 10 -0.42 555. Todd Bertuzzi Detroit LW 1 7 -0.43 556. Nicklas Grossman Dallas D 1 9 -0.44 557. Marc Methot Columbus D 0 7 -0.47 558. Chris Neil Ottawa RW 2 10 -0.50 559. Andy Sutton Edmonton D 1 7 -0.50 560. Sheldon Souray Dallas D 1 13 -0.57 Next, a look at shot differential per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play. Naturally, its much better for your team to have more shots at the opponents goal than on your own. Some familiar names among the leaders and, hey, look at Matt Ellis! RANK PLAYER TEAM POS. SHOT DIFF/60 1. Pavel Datsyuk Detroit C 17.8 2. Henrik Zetterberg Detroit C 16.8 3. Matt Ellis Buffalo LW 15.4 4. Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh LW 14.4 5. Gabriel Landeskog Colorado LW 14.1 6. Tyler Kennedy Pittsburgh RW 12.8 7. Alexander Steen St. Louis LW 12.6 8. Jordan Staal Pittsburgh C 12.6 9. Brad Marchand Boston C 12.4 10. Patrice Bergeron Boston C 12.2 And the trailers... RANK PLAYER TEAM POS. SHOT DIFF/60 551. Matt Halischuk Nashville RW -13.1 552. Chris Thorburn Winnipeg RW -13.2 553. Jerred Smithson Nashville C -13.8 554. Colton Gillies Minnesota C -13.8 555. Cam Barker Edmonton D -13.8 556. Brandon McMillan Anaheim LW -14 557. George Parros Anaheim RW -14 558. Brad Staubitz Minnesota LW -15.3 559. Ruslan Fedotenko N.Y. Rangers LW -17.8 560. Erik Christensen N.Y. Rangers C -19.3 Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. 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Nene chipped in 12 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Nuggets, who have a magic number of one to secure a postseason berth. They are currently fifth in the Western Conference, 2 1/2 games up on Portland. OBERHOF, Germany -- Alex Harvey shrugged off a broken ski and difficult conditions to win the 4.5-kilometre freestyle prologue for the Tour de Ski on Saturday, beating Canadian teammate Devon Kershaw by 4.1 seconds. Harveys right ski broke early in the race and he was given a replacement from his team. With fog also coming down on the course, the native of St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., covered the distance in nine minutes 3.4 seconds to edge Kershaw. "It feels so good to be back on the podium after a slower start to the season," Harvey said. "My training has felt good, but I have not been able to confirm those good feelings during the races this year. To do that today is a huge relief for me and the entire program." Its the second time that Harvey and Kershaw, form Sudbury, Ont., have shared the World Cup podium in cross-country skiing. The last time came in 2012 when Harvey and Kershaw finished one-three respectively in a prologue race at the World Cup final in Falun, Sweden. While Harvey captured two of the four podium finishes for the Canadian squad last year, Kershaw has been shut out of the medals since Falun. "This is huge today," said Kershaw. "After a difficult season last year, and a viicious start this year, this came as a big surprise today.dddddddddddd Im still pretty shocked." Chris Jespersen of Norway was third, 10.2 seconds behind. Ivan Babikov of Canmore, Alta., was 26th at 9:28.2. In the womens prologue, overall cross-country World Cup leader Marit Bjoergen led a 1-2 Norwegian finish in a three-kilometre race. Mild and rainy weather forced organizers to shorten the course and change the format of the competition, a decision that led to the withdrawal of four-time womens Tour winner Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland. The Olympic champion said it was unfair to have five freestyle and only two classical races in the seven-stage event. "The changed program doesnt fit into my Olympic preparations," said Kowalczyk, a classical style specialist. Bjoergen covered the distance in six minutes, 34.4 seconds to leave teammate Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen 1.9 seconds behind. Sylwia Jaskowiec of Poland was seven seconds behind in third. Denise Herrmann of Germany was fourth, ahead of Jessica Diggins of the United states. Daria Gaiazova, of Banff, Alta., was the top Canadian, finishing 37th (7:01.3). Perianne Jones, of Almonte, Alta., placed 47th (7:03.2). The Tour ends in Italy on Jan. 5. ' ' '