Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Old Man Whitney, Stamkos and a 54 save Shutout

-Ray Whitney has reached the 1000 point plateau which is quite an amazing accomplishment when you realize he had only 416 points before the age of 30.  Since then, Whitney has played 675 games and tallied 585 points. In fact Whitney sits 12th all-time for points scored after the age of 34.

-Steven Stamkos sits at 58 goals on the season and has a shot at becoming only the 20th guy to score 60. If he can do it, he'll be the third youngest (by a few months) after Wayne Gretzky and Pavel Bure. Stamkos' current goal scoring translates to a 69 adjusted goal season when league Goals per Game is equalized. This would make it one of the greatest goal scoring seasons ever. Brett Hull's 86 goals in 1990/91 translates 78 Adjusted Goals and the best ever. Alex Ovechkin's 65 in 07/08 works out to 72, Mario Lemieux's 85 in 88/89 adjust to 71, Cooney Weiland's 43 goals in 29/30 become 70, Phil Esposito's 76 in 70/71 translate to 70 and Gretzky's 87 in 83/84 are adjusted to 69. Quite the company that Stamkos is keeping.

-Phoenix goalie Mike Smith recorded a 54 save shutout this week setting the record for highest shot total faced in a shutout. Four years ago Florida's Craig Anderson had a 53 save shutout and in 1996 Curtis Joseph posted a 52 save shutout for the Oilers. Dominik Hasek holds the overall record with 70 saves in a quadruple Overtime win over New Jersey on April 27, 1994 and Patrick Roy made 63 saves in the triple Overtime Cup clinching game over Florida on June 10, 1996.

-Combining the last two seasons, Vancouver's Cory Schneider has a record of 36-11-3 with a 2.06 GAA and .934 Save Pct. This works out to a Points Percentage of .750. Partner Roberto Luongo, over the same two seasons has a Point Pct of .674. Personally I don't see a goaltender controvery at all.

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