Some interesting stats so far this season

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Features on November 13, 2009 — 1 Comment

Here are some interesting stats that have stood out so far this season:

  • Atlanta’s Rich Peverley is sixth in the NHL in points-per-game with 1.33.  Wouldn’t Nashville love a scoring winger right now?
  • Ales Kotalik leads the NHL with 13 power play points.  That Oilers power play is sure struggling pretty bad right now…
  • Patrick Marleau leads the NHL with 16 road points.  Taking the captaincy away from him only seems to have increased his willingness to become better.
  • Matt Carle leads the NHL in +/- with a +15.  Think Chris Pronger has anything to do with that?
  • Tomas Kaberle leads all NHL defensemen with 20 points.  But some in Toronto thinks he should be trade bait?
  • For all the attention Craig Anderson has been getting, Ryan Miller continues to lead NHL netminders with a .938 save percentage.  That’s the battle, including Tim Thomas,  for U.S. starting netminder.
  • On the other hand, Roberto Luongo is 30th in the NHL with a save percentage of .903.  Martin Brodeur is the favorite to start for Canada.
  • Marian Gaborik leads NHL forwards in ice-time with 22:15 minutes per contest.  John Tortorella is known for playing his horses a ton–see: Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis in Tampa.
  • Chris Pronger leads NHL defensemen in ice-time with 27:15 minutes per-game.  He’s my Norris winner so far this season.
  • Probably not known to many people outside Montreal, Roman Hamrlik is tenth in the NHL in defensemen ice-time with 25:27 per-game.  Injuries have necessitated Hamrlik’s increased workload.
  • Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa leads the NHL in penalty minutes with 61.  He needs to cut down on that total, as he’s one of their horses.
  • The Flyers lead the NHL in power play percentage, converting at a 27.9% clip.  Again, that guy Pronger may be pretty impactful.
  • The Blackhawks lead the NHL in penalty killing percentage, stopping the opponent 87.1% of the time.  A great defense and some very aware forwards willing to throw around their bodies.
  • Nashville has the worst power play in the NHL with a converting percentage of 11.1.  The Predators don’t have enough offensive talent and the talent they do have–Legwand, Erat, etc.–has been missing in action.
  • The Leafs have the worst penalty kill in the NHL with an awful 71.6% killing rate.  Wow.  With shot blocking defensemen on the blue line, this team has to be better.  Obviously the poor goaltending is a factor but the forwards need to sacrifice their bodies and the defense needs to step it up.
  • Buffalo leads the NHL in shots on goal per-game with 34.3.  A very well balanced team that can come at you from all lines. 
  • Surprisingly, the Flames sit at the bottom of the NHL in shots on goal per-game with 25.6.  Odd totals for sure.  I expect this total to rise.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed the least amount of shots on goal per game, allowing only 22.6 against.  Arguably the most talented team in the game–so no surprise here.
  • The Panthers are allowing a whopping 35.6 shots against per game.  Vokoun/Clemmensen need help.  The Panthers, in my opinion, need an identity.
  • The best five-on-five scoring ratio in the NHL belongs to the Capitals.  Still posting big offensive totals without Ovechkin too.
  • Some very interesting numbers. I’m quite surprised by Luongo’s numbers.