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Five NHL team stats you may find interesting

Oct 15, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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1. For every goal the Sharks have allowed five-on-five, they’ve scored four. (The actual ratio is 16 goals scored, four allowed.) Is it sustainable? No, it isn’t. Last season, the best ratio a team had in that category was 1.52 (Chicago). However, it speaks to San Jose’s absolute dominance during its first five games, particularly while even strength.

2. Anaheim has enjoyed 19:10 more in power-play time than PK time. No other team has a positive differential as high as that. If you’re a Ducks fans, you may think this is great news, that it speaks loudly to the team’s disciplined ways. But while there’s some truth to that, there’s another not-so-positive explanation: Anaheim’s PK (ranked 29th) has been awful, and its PP (30th) has been even worse. Translation: Too many PKs ending early, too many PPs going the distance.

3. Colorado is the only team that hasn’t surrendered a power-play goal. In five games, the Avalanche have killed off all 12 minors they’ve taken (24:00 time shorthanded), just one of the reasons they’ve yet to lose. The Avs ranked 20th (80.3%) in penalty killing last season.

4. The Sabres are being outshot by an average of 9.2 shots per game (34.6 to 25.4). Suffice to say, this is no way to win. Even more worrying, Buffalo has twice recently failed to register shots while trailing late in contests. They got just six in last night’s third period versus the Wild while down 2-1, and Thursday they got just eight in the third while losing by three to Columbus. Not that the first period has been any better for Buffalo. In seven games, the Sabres have only scored once in the opening 20 minutes.

5. The Flyers are oh-for-three when they outshoot their opponent, including Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Wings when Philadelphia outshot Detroit, 34-30. So while there’s plenty to criticize about Philly’s 1-5-0 start, in some ways the team has been unlucky to run into some good goaltending. Four opposition netminders — Jonathan Bernier (Leafs), Carey Price (Habs), Thomas Greiss (Coyotes), and Jimmy Howard (Wings) — have been named stars in Flyers losses so far.

  1. flyerguy73 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    My boys are not even fun to watch. I am glad I got the NHL package to watch them guys play. I know it’s early but while we are losing the other teams in the division are winning putting us in a big hole. Timmonen should have retired last year, Couts needs to be gone (big kid no speed), Coburn, (turn over machine) need I say more? Streit (have not seen anything from him yet). Giroux, get that curse (C) off of your jersey! Emery, the reason why he had the record he did was because it was the Blackhawks( high caliber team). They are a big mess right now. I would not want the chiefs job right now.

    • jl9830 - Oct 15, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      And to think I was laughed at when I said all of this in the off-season.

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Really impressed with the Sharks so far this season. I hope all the rookies can stay healthy and keep a steady pace. Not to speak for all Sharks fans but something feels different this year, at least to me. Not saying, “this is the year!” That is repeated every season. With the rookies and Marleau and Jumbo not showing any signs of slowing down, this should be a fun season.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      We have an identity now, and were stacked down the middle with support from wingers. 4 lines rolling, underrated shutdown defensman rolling, great goalie rolling. What’s there not to like

      • 19to77 - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        I could stand to see the D stacked a little deeper, if only because that more or less always comes in handy on a playoff run. But, hey, it’s just the start of the season. If they’re in a strong position at the deadline (and all signs say they will be), they’ll load up.

  3. sjsharks66 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Flyersguy, i knew as soon as they signed Emry their woes were not solved. He was solid in Chicago because his team played well in front of him. G really needs to lose that C. I think with the C and the pressure from the team and fans to be as good as he was 2 years ago, it is getting to him. The Flyers GM made a huge mistake shipping out JVR. Maybe they can make a huge splash in the trades in a few months and make the playoffs.

  4. c9castine - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    yeah but bryzgalov was the one to get bought out and take the blame? whatever. philly is just a poor team with a poor captain who is nowhere near as good as people thought he was, they are undisciplined and always have been, and just go after every available player willy nilly without thinking of how they fit into whatever kind of team they think they are building. san jose started like this last year but was up and down the rest of the year. colorado will come back down to earth but they should settled into the 4-6 slot in the west just nicely this year.

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    The details are yet to be given and the story is yet to be told but I have a feeling that the addition of Larry Robinson has at to do with our success on the back end. The players seems to have a great deal of trust and respect for him.

  6. mclovinhockey - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    JVR was a bottom 6 guy in Philly and like schenn has been the flyers best D…. The move worked out great for both teams although I think philly could have gotten a bit more.

    As for saying Coots needs to go… He is like 19 and he is a shut down forward. He is exactly what you look for in a 3rd line center. What could you guy could you get to possibly improve that position.

  7. cheliostwin - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    I might be wrong, but I think the Red Wings have been out-shot in every game so far. That hasn’t stopped them from garnering a 5-2 record, but it would explain their low goal output.

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