NHL's supporting cast grabbing spotlight

The NHL's best players continue to come up big in this shortened season but Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and Chicago rookie forward Brandon Saad are among a group that has surprised some and given their teams a boost during a strong stretch of play.

Secondary scorers contributing to success of hotter teams

Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Boston to move into a share of the team lead with captain Andrew Ladd.

In Colorado, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews paced the Chicago Blackhawks attack with a goal and two assists apiece in a 5-3 victory over the Avalanche.

Yes, each team’s best players continue to come up big, but goalie Sergei Bobrovsky winning for the eighth time in his past 10 starts and Blackhawks rookie Brandon Saad setting up Toews’s 14th goal of the season late in the third period?

Not too many people outside of the Bobrovsky and Saad families probably would have predicted the impact each player has made with their respective teams.

With a compressed NHL schedule that has contributed to tired bodies and, in some cases, injury, head coaches across the league will be looking for production from secondary players over the final six weeks of the regular season.

Bobrovsky, Saad and eight other players are featured in the gallery above as those who have played a big role in their team’s success of late.