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A collection of ugly team statistics

Oct 26, 2013, 10:22 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 24: Linesman Tim Nowak #77 drops the puck as Brayden Schenn #10 of the Philadelphia Flyers faces off with Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers on October 24, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

We’ve seen some spectacular goals and great saves already this season. There are teams that have defied expectations and players that have put themselves on the map.

We’re not talking about them right now.

Let’s instead focus on the bottom of the barrel. Here are some of the worst looking team-based statistics in the NHL right now:

  • The New York Rangers have a goals for/against ratio in 5-on-5 situations of just 0.30. In fact, through eight games this season, the Rangers have scored just six goals when both teams were at full strength. To give that some context, the team with the least 5-on-5 goals last season was New Jersey with 65 in 48 games. The worst ratio was Florida’s 0.57.
  • Just how important is getting on the board first in the NHL? Last season the team that scored first had a 504-140-73 record. This season though, there are a few teams that haven’t managed to benefit from that early lead. The Edmonton Oilers are just 1-4-1 in those situations while New Jersey is 1-2-4. However, the worst by far is the Buffalo Sabres — sort of. Buffalo has actually only scored the first goal once this season and they lost that game in overtime.
  • The Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils, and Sabres have a combined 0-8-2 record when outshooting their opponents.
  • The Anaheim Ducks have done a lot of things right this season, but one thing they can’t seem to do is capitalize on their power-play chances. They are just three-for-44 with the man advantage. Montreal, Los Angeles, and Vancouver all have as many shorthanded goals as the Ducks do power-play markers.
  • The Flyers still haven’t scored more than two goals in a game — and they aren’t even last in the league in terms of goals/game. That would be the Sabres at 1.42 to Philadelphia’s 1.44.
  • The Calgary Flames can’t seem to hold their own in the faceoff circle. They have just a 42.9 percentage on the draw so far this season. The worst team of the salary cap era has been the 2010-11 Edmonton Oilers with a 44.2% success rate.
    1. 950003cups - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Would someone please forward this to Lou Lamoriello? Let him know his current coach sucks.

    2. Stiller43 - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      The current players suck too

      • 950003cups - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        No kidding. Jaromir Jagr said “Gelinas was the best player on the ice” referring to the game against the Canucks. Well well well…. If Gelinas, who played his 1st NHL game this season, and 2nd NHL game of his life (1st one was late last season) and was “the best player on the ice” speaks volumes about the garbage we have playing now. Never mind that the kid is also a defenseman. Or could it be that DeBoer didn’t have time to screw him up?

    3. jimw81 - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Flyers have never gone 9 games into a season without scoring 3 goals at least once. Tied w/64-65 Bruins last NHL to w/out scoring 3 goals. If they dont score goals they own the record

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