Sunday, November 28, 2010

Some Interesting NHL Numbers

As Sidney Crosby has finally caught and passed Steven Stamkos for the overall points lead 40 to 39, the more impressive number is Crosby's point total at even-strength. Sid the Kid is the only player in the league to average at least one even-strength point per game with 26 in 25 matches.
Stamkos is next a full 7 points behind at 19 and the surprising Loui Eriksson and Bobby Ryan are tied at 18 even-strength points.
Poor Johan Gustavsson, despite his 3-6-1 record for the Leafs he sits 11th in the league in save percentage at .917 (among goalies with at least 10 games). In his losses he ranks even higher. Among goalies with at least 6 losses he is 3rd with .908 Save Pct behind Ondrej Pavelec and Tuukka Rask.
Speaking of the Leafs, "1st Line Centre" Tyler Bozak has now gone 18 games without recording an assist. 18 games, without an assist playing with Phil Kessel who has 6 goals over that span.
In Colorado, rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has quietly tallied 10 points in 12 games and averaged over 20 minutes per game since being called up in early November. He has 4 goals and 9 points in his last 6 games and now sits tied for tenth in rookie scoring, one off the lead for defensemen while playing half as many games. Perhaps Shattenkirk is a darkhorse Calder Trophy candidate...

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