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Fun with stats: Who’s leading the 2012 playoffs

May 27, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

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Every year, the playoffs provide small sample sizes that delight fans – particularly those who love surprises – and antagonize stat nerds. With between four and seven games to go in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals and some time off, this seems like a perfect time to take a look at the postseason stat leaders.

Most points: Ilya Kovalchuk (18 in 17 games played)

Kovalchuk also leads all postseason scorers with 11 assists. If the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup, he might just get his name on the Conn Smythe Trophy, which would really make a lot of people look silly for questioning his “clutchness.”

Most goals: Claude Giroux and Daniel Briere (eight apiece)

Despite missing a full round and only playing in 11 games max – Giroux actually missed one because of that suspension – the two Flyers’ forwards still are tied for the playoff Richard Trophy (so to speak). Giroux also only has one fewer point (17) than Kovalchuk. Those Philly forwards should be usurped soon enough, however, as Kovalchuk, Dustin Brown, Zach Parise and Travis Zajac are all tied for second with seven goals each.

Plus/minus: Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar (+13)

I’m not a huge fan of the plus/minus stat, but if nothing else, it’s another example of how dominant a one-two punch the Kings’ top forwards have been so far. Brown had a +18 all season long while Kopitar was at a +12 so they tend to win matchups anyway, but not to this extent.

Most points for a defenseman: Dan Girardi (12 points)

Bryce Salvador leads active blueliners with 11 points while Drew Doughty tops the Kings’ side with 10. Salvador got to that point in 18 games while Doughty only needed 14 to score 10 points. My money’s on Doughty finishing with the most points among playoff defensemen.

Most penalty minutes: Zac Rinaldo (48 PIM)

The Kings and Devils aren’t likely to fill the penalty minutes category. Dustin Penner leads active players with 26 PIM while Dustin Brown is right behind him with 24. David Clarkson has 20 to top the Devils. It will likely take the two teams a while to generate sincere hatred, too.

  1. jimw81 - May 27, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    First round of playoffs was very strange this year. Zac Rinaldo has a target on his back from Refs.

  2. mclovinhockey - May 27, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Def Rinaldo had one dirty hit, but the majority of the minutes come from him getting kicked out of a game because the refs were trying to act like they had control and all he did was a little trash talk… I think he got a game, a 10 and a 2 for trash talking haha. He needs to get Matt cooked. He has a ton of talent but would rather hit then score.

  3. blomfeld - May 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Who’s leading the 2012 playoffs ? … uh, like maybe the LA Kings at 12-2 ?

    I’m assuming that this article is intended to be a joke ? … if not, then O’Brien needs to be given an “exit interview” in the morning ! I mean seriously … Zajac, Girardi, Salvador, Rinaldo, Clarkson ? Look, we LA Kings have just finished “smashing” the top three teams in the western conference and therefore we’re not about to let someone like “Rinaldo” get in our way … you can count on that !

    • blomfeld - May 28, 2012 at 12:23 AM

      by the way …

      doesn’t Rinaldo play for FC Barcelona ? … what the hell is he doing on the Devils ?

      • sportsfreak13 - May 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM

        hes on the flyers not devils.

  4. mclovinhockey - May 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Blomfed…. Please never post about a sport you know nothing about. You are making the people cheering for the kings sound like morons.

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