Numbers Game – Top Goal Production over last 20 years

Alexander Ovechkin became the first player to score 60 goals in a season since Mario Lemieux scored 69 in 1995-1996. However, in an offense-starved NHL, can you argue that Ovechkin’s 60 goals is more impressive than Lemieux’s 69? Further, how does Ovechkin’s 60 compare to Hull scoring 86 in 1991 or Lemieux netting 85 goals […]

Posted by Adam in Numbers Game on March 25, 2008

Numbers Game: Playoff Seeds

With the playoffs just around the corner and with some teams fighting for home-ice advantage, while others are just trying to get in, I decided to look at the success of each conference ranking in the playoffs. I looked at the playoff brackets for the Stanley Cup Playoffs since the 1997-1998 season. The results were […]

Posted by Adam in Numbers Game on March 13, 2008

Numbers Game – ES + PP Minutes per point

In today’s Numbers Game, I complete the player efficiency analysis. Previously, I examined each players minutes per point statistic on the power play and on even strength. Today, I combined each player’s power play and even strength production to determine their combined minutes per point statistic (based on statistics as of Feb. 20/08). ES + […]

Posted by Adam in Numbers Game on March 6, 2008

Numbers Game: Power Play Min/Goal

In the last Numbers Game, I looked at a new statistic, even-strength minutes per point. Continuing on that analysis, today I will look at power-play minutes per point (PP/P) to find out who is the most the efficient player in the NHL on the power play. (based on statistics as of Feb. 20/08) PP Min/G […]

Posted by Adam in Numbers Game on March 4, 2008

Numbers Game – Even strength Minutes per point

In Tuesday’s Numbers Game, I looked at the minutes per point statistic as an indicator of player performance. However, as discussed, that statistic was misleading because it incorporated total time on ice into the equation. Players, like Martin St. Louis and Jarome Iginla, had higher minutes per point stats because they are used on the […]

Posted by Adam in Numbers Game on February 22, 2008

Numbers Game: Rent-a-player

Brian Murray pulled off a trade yesterday that brought Stanley-cup winners, Cory Stillman and Mike Commodore to the Senators. Stillman is “that top 6 forward that the Sens have been missing in their previous playoff drives”, while Commodore will certainly compliment an already strong defensive group. How many times have you heard the media refer […]

Posted by Adam in Numbers Game on February 13, 2008

Comparing Quinn and Maurice – Numbers Game

It is all but certain the John Ferguson Jr. will be fired some time in the immediate future. The Leafs have been mired in an awful slump with their last win in regulation being over a month ago. Reports have also surfaced that the players are no longer responding to their coach, Paul Maurice, so […]

Posted by Adam in Numbers Game on January 15, 2008

Numbers Game: PIM

Last year, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks led the league in penalties amassing 1457 PIM on their way to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup victory. However, one would expect that teams that have trouble staying out of the box are more likely to lose because they are more often shorthanded. So does the Ducks success despite […]

Posted by Adam in Numbers Game on November 15, 2007