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Five team stats you may find interesting

Jan 6, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT

Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Tarasenko, Barret Jackman AP

1. The St. Louis Blues have the best five-on-five scoring ratio in the NHL, at 1.6. Which is too bad for all the other teams, because the Blues also have a good power play (4th) and strong penalty killing (7th). It’s actually hard to find anything the Blues don’t do well, especially now that Brian Elliott is giving them some goaltending. (Though we still think Doug Armstrong should give Buffalo a call about Ryan Miller.)

2. The Nashville Predators have the NHL’s best team faceoff percentage, at 54.0%. The worst belongs to Calgary, at 45.6%. While there appears to be a correlation between faceoff percentage and winning (Los Angeles, San Jose, and Boston are all strong faceoff teams), the connection isn’t as strong as the focus it receives may suggest. The Blackhawks won the Cup last year with a 46.8% win rate in the playoffs. The Kings won it the year before at 49.7%.

3. The Islanders have won just six of the 12 games they’ve led after two periods. Three times they’ve lost the game outright. Winnipeg and Calgary are the only two other teams that have lost three times in regulation when leading after 40 minutes. We suppose this isn’t a huge surprise, as the Isles, Jets, and Flames aren’t very good. But neither is Florida, and that hasn’t stopped the Panthers from going 8-0-1 when leading after two periods. (The bad news is they’ve only led nine times after two periods.)

4. The Buffalo Sabres have just 11 first-period goals in the 42 games they’ve played. That’s eight fewer than Carolina, the 29th-ranked team in the category and 39 fewer than San Jose, which leads with 50. The Chicago Blackhawks’ second period has been the best of all, with 63 goals scored this season.

5. The Ottawa Senators have surrendered an NHL-high 35 power-play goals. Two factors have contributed to this. First, their penalty killing hasn’t been very good (21st, 80.1%). Second, they’ve put themselves shorthanded an NHL-high 176 times. In a related story, Ottawa’s penalty killing has gone an impressive 19-for-20 in its last six games, five of those being victories.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    No surprise about face off percentage, Calgary has been at or near the bottom of the league for as long as I can remember, they need to keep acquiring centres, ones who can win face offs. How many games over the course of the year are won or lost based on winning or losing a key face off?

  2. lowenni - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Halak and Tarasenko for Miller? I’m not convinced Tarasenko’s really gonna be a star under Hitchcock’s system, he certainly hasn’t been so far.

    • bcsteele - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      MAYBE Jaskin or Rattie, but I don’t think the Blues are looking to give up a roster player with the possibility of a run. Though I’d be hard pressed to give either of those up as well. However, if it would bring a cup to St. Louis I’d change my directions real quick. Ya never really know I guess…

      • lowenni - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        That makes sense, you’d just have to give up a lot to get Miller with the way he’s playing right now. He’s got some of the best stats in the league on the worst team…imagine what kind of numbers he could put up with St. Louis’ D in front of him. You’re right though, Tarasenko and Halak is a lot.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      there is no way in hell we will trade Tarasenko. not happenng, the guy is finally adjusting to the NHL and he is really coming alive on the ice and the scoreboard.
      forget about Jaskin and Rattie too- they’re both off limits.
      only way I see anything going down it will be Miller for Halak, Stewart, and possibly a draft pick, but nothing more, unless they decide to toss in Coliacovo to sweeten the deal a bit. if Buffalo asks for anything more the Blues will definitely look elsewhere, especially since Thomas could be picked up for a lot less.

      I think we will end up rolling with our current goalie tandem, and if Halak starts struggling he’ll get replaced by Allen who is clearly better than Halak.
      no matter what happens, unless Halak has some miracle run in the playoffs this will be his last year wearing the note.

    • jhaegs - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      Tarasenko was amazing up until his concussion last year. Give him some more time before you pass judgement. He has great puck possession and does one thing a lot of Blues players don’t do enough- he shoots the puck. Jaskin WILL be a top liner in the next couple years, and if not for the Blues’ depth, he’d be a starter right now. I’d be down for Halak/Rattie, but getting rid of Tarasenko would be insane at this point.

      • cardsandbluesforever - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        you must not be watching him play this season. especially in the last 2 months they kid is all over the place, making plays, skating his ass off, scoring timely goals and just playing very good hockey.

        the blues will not trade rattie or jaskin for anything- rattie broke scoring records in juniors- he’s the kind of true sniper we’ve been missing since brett hull left. jaskin is essentially a younger version of petro. we pissed away a great goal scorer in Eller to pick up a headcase halak- we wont be making that mistake again I can assure you.

        what I expect to happen is to play with what we have and let halak walk at the end of the season, resign Elliott and bring up Allen permanently.

        Army has been really good about not making deals unless they benefit the team in the long term. trading away top quality prospects for a goalie who will only be able to play for 4-5 more years is not in the long term interest of this team. we want to be a top 5 team, kind of hard to maintain that if you keep trading away all your draft picks as the blues don’t have the deepest pockets in the league.

    • teramarus - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      Buffalo would have no interest in Halak. He’s a pending UFA and the Sabres aren’t winning this year. The only reason to add Halak to the deal is to free up cap room/roster space for the Blues, which would add more value to Buffalo’s side if anything. Tarasenko alone is not going to net Miller + cap room relief. Would almost certainly have to add something else.

    • brockohol - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Ha…no way. One I don’t think the Sabres want a highly paid, often injured, upcoming UFA goalie right now and two I don’t think the Blues want to trade a low paid future star. I would bet a lot of $ on the over of Tarasenko getting 35 goals next season…and the way he’s been playing the past month that may be a decent bet this year. However, I would be cool with draft picks and one of our prospect goalies (Allen is a tough sell for me though)

      Miller is kind of like one of those 30 yr old running backs that has been averaging 35 carries a game their entire careers. Yes they may be able to hold it together for another year or two and be productive but there is a lot of wear and tear on that body and it could shut down at any time. He has been getting shelled in BUF the past few years along with getting some tough injuries. I just don’t know if I would give up some guys who will be a big part of the team for the next 10 years for ol Miller.

  3. jrocknstuff - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    So you’re saying bet the first period Under between Buffalo/Carolina tomorrow night ;-)

  4. leeo00 - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    The Blues also have the best game winning percentage.

  5. sprtsfan1 - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Blues vs Blackhawks WCC. This is gonna be nuts.

    • chanceoffleury - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      If the Blues meet the Blackhawks and the Pens meet the Bruins in their respective conference finals, lives may be lost. Seriously though, lock up your rookies. A life may have to be sacrificed to achieve a finals berth! It will be insane all around. Blues and Hawks is always a guaranteed bloodbath; few people get Toews going like Backes can. And if the Pens show even the slightest sign of the same tanking they did last year there is not a doubt in my mind they are gonna go full honey badger and just come out bat**** crazy.

      Rarely do we ever get the matchups we dream about in those later rounds. But if there was ever a time to convince me God is a hockey fan above all other sports, this would be the year to bring those 4 to the conference finals and then just let them fight to the death from there on out.

  6. bucfanforlife - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    no way armie trades stew or vlady ,jaskin maybe ratttie he will not trade roster player some picks is all we will offer

  7. jhaegs - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Maybe we can give them a bunch of draft picks- I don’t know what we’d do with more guys anyway! 😉

  8. overdrawnagain - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Tarasenko is 1good check away from being irrelevant again (see last yr’s check and then concussion). Stl…win a playoff series in the month of May for once would ya.

    • hazlydose - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      Every player in the league is one check away from not being able to play again. This is one of the worst arguments you can make against a player.

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