Thursday, April 28, 2011

More Playoff Tidbits

  • Dwayne Roloson at age 41 is only the second goaltender that old to play in the post-season in last 34 years. Dominik Hasek was 43 when he last appeared with Detroit three years ago. Before that it was Eddie Johnston of St.Louis who played 3 games in 1977 at age 41. The rest of the 41 or older 'tenders make quite a distinguished list (all in the Hall of Fame as well); Jacques Plante, Gump Worsley, Johnny Bower, Lester Patrick and Hugh Lehman.

  • On the topic of the elderly, 42 year old Mark Recchi with his next goal will become the oldest ever to score at least two goals in a playoff season. He scored 6 last year. In 1980, the 52 year old Gordie Howe played 3 games for Hartford and scored a goal and an assist.

  • On the other end of the scale is Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson of Los Angeles. With 12 points in 12 career playoff games, Johnson is one of only five defensemen ever to average at least a point per game over their career (min. 10 games). Bobby Orr is tops at 1.24, Brian Leetch and Paul Coffey are at 1.02 and 1.01 respectively. A surprising number two on the list is Joe Micheletti of St.Louis in 1981, he had 12 points over his only 11 career playoff games. For his part, Doughty is second all-time among defensemen in career Goals/Game (min. 10 games). His 0.42 is behind only Hall of Famer, Harry Cameron at 0.45.

  • Speaking of young defensemen, Cam Fowler is only the 12th teenage defender to score at least 4 points in a playoff season. The most points ever for a teen d-man was Glen Wesley's 14 points in 1988 with Boston and Ray Bourque with 11 for Boston in 1980. The rest of the very eclectic list is Phil Housley, Gord Kluzak, Ed Jovanovski, Scott Stevens, Paul Coffey, Erik Karlsson, Bruce Bell, Bob Goldham and Wade Redden.

  • One interesting stat from the epic Montreal/Boston seven game series, although the teams tied with 17 goals in the series, Montreal's players had an overall Plus/Minus rating of -31 while Boston's was +29. The main reason for this would be Montreal's six to nothing advantage in powerplay goals.

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