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Here are 10 stats you may find interesting

Jan 29, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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Not a whole lot of news to pass along, so here are some stats to chew on…

1. Anaheim’s Daniel Winnik has five goals in the Ducks’ first four games. Even more impressively, all five have been scored even strength. Winnik had five goals for Colorado last season…in 63 games.

2. Andrei Markov has scored the game-winning goal in each of Montreal’s three victories. Sometimes people forget how good Markov, 34, was before all his injury problems. In 2008-09, he had 64 points in 78 games. If he can stay healthy, the Habs have a shot at the playoffs.

3. Ottawa’s Craig Anderson leads all NHL goalies with a .975 save percentage. The 31-year-old has stopped all but three of the 119 shots he’s faced in four games.

4. Alex Ovechkin has spent a league-high 33:29 on the power play…and he only has one goal. In 2007-08, Ovechkin led the NHL with 22 power-play goals.

5. Drew Doughty has yet to register his first point of the season, despite playing almost 30 minutes per game in the Kings’ first five contests. Offense was an issue for the 23-year-old last year as well, when he tallied just 36 points, significantly fewer than the 59 he registered in 2008-09. Granted, he turned it around during the playoffs, racking up 16 points in 20 games on the way to winning the Stanley Cup. And to be fair to Doughty, much of a defenseman’s point total is related to the effectiveness of the forwards when they get the puck. The Kings have just 10 goals so far.

6. The Florida Panthers (1-4-0) have a minus-11 goal differential, the worst in the NHL. After beating Carolina, 5-1, in their first game of the season, the Panthers have lost four in a row by a combined score of 18-3. It’s worth noting Florida’s goal differential last season was minus-24, by far the worst of the 16 playoff teams.

7. The Canucks have blown a pair of 2-0 leads in their first six games. Last Sunday, they took a 2-0 lead on Edmonton and lost 3-2 in a shootout. Last night, the exact same thing happened in Los Angeles. Oh, and both times Roberto Luongo was in goal. (Update: This isn’t a criticism of Luongo, who was outstanding against the Kings. Just thought I’d point it out, given the guy’s made two starts this year and the Canucks have blown 2-0 leads in both.)

8. Only one team has yet to surrender a power-play goal, and that’s the Boston Bruins, who are a perfect 23-for-23 on the penalty kill. In a partially related story, the B’s haven’t lost in regulation yet.

9. Toronto’s Phil Kessel has 24 shots and zero goals. That’s the most shots of any player without scoring. Next in that category is Jarome Iginla, who’s taken 19 shots without any going in.

10. The Blues’ Kevin Shattenkirk leads all NHL defensemen with eight points, all of them assists. Avalanche GM Greg Sherman must be so happy for him.

  1. ktipper - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Another example of media trying to stir something up. I usually find that your work avoids such nonsense, but I don’t think the Luongo comment is fair. Does it really need to be mentioned that Roberto Luongo was in net for both of the blown 2-0 leads?

    Anyone who watched last nights game knows how good Luongo was. He was the only reason the Canucks received a point. He made some unbelievable saves in a game the Canucks had no business being in. He also made two solid saves in the shootout, something he has not normally done. Meanwhile his teammates decided to offer up some pathetic shootout attempts of their own. Really, what was Burrows trying to accomplish there?

    The blown 2-0 leads are not a reflection on Luongo, but on the team in front of him. They have been terrible. I’ve seen bantam teams manage the puck in their own end better. You also fail to mention that Schneider was in a game where the Canucks blew a 2-0 lead against the Flames, fortunately Schneider got some run support in the shootout.

    Aside from the first game against the Ducks, the Canucks goaltenders have been good. The same cannot be said for the team in front of them.

    • Jason Brough - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      I wasn’t trying to stir anything up. If it came across as a criticism, it wasn’t intentional. He was great last night.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        I liked the article. I had fun reading it :o)

      • ktipper - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        I know you’re a thoughtful and smart hockey commentator so I don’t doubt that you weren’t trying to criticize.

    • sjawesome - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Schneider didn’t look too good against the sharks. Just saying

      • ktipper - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Which goals would you have liked him to have? Two dead give aways in the slot, a bouncing deflection that he made an unreal first save on, and a one-timer from inside the circle. You can argue that he maybe should have had the last one. But the game is already over at that point.

        He made some great saves in the slot that kept the game close for a while there. Couture from the top of the crease is one I can remember.

      • sjawesome - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        I was at the game sitting behind Schneider 2 out of three periods and he looked shaky the entire game. Yes elder gave pavelski a free goal but I feel that Schneider wasn’t confident after that Thornton goal 45 seconds into the game

  2. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    You missed the best stat, Marleau has scored more goals than the entire Florida Panthers team!

    • 19to77 - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      And only one behind the entire roster of the Stanley Cup champions, too. Guy’s just wrecking everything in his path.

  3. shannysux - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    “3. Ottawa’s Craig Anderson leads all NHL goalies with a .975 save percentage. The 31-year-old has stopped all but three of the 119 shots he’s faced in four games.”

    Also allowed 3 goals on three shots in the shootout vs Pit

    • jasndc75 - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      not sure why people are thumbs downing it, it is true, and makes the 3 goals in 119 shots even more interesting

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