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Five team stats you may find interesting

Jan 27, 2014, 3:05 PM EDT

Tyler Ennis,  Matt Moulson,  Tyler Myers AP

97 — The number of goals the Buffalo Sabres have scored this season, by far the lowest in the NHL. Second to lowest is Calgary, at 119. (Chicago has scored 190 to lead the league.) That said, the Sabres’ offense has been much improved lately. They’ve scored 20 goals in their last six games, including five in Saturday’s 5-2 victory at Columbus.

0 — The number of times Chicago, St. Louis, Anaheim, and Colorado have been shut out. Meanwhile, Nashville’s been blanked a league-high seven times. The Blackhawks were also one of three teams (Boston and Pittsburgh were the two others) to avoid being shut out last season. The last time they failed to score at least one goal in a regular-season game was Feb. 25, 2012, in a 4-0 loss in L.A.

7-4-4 — The Islanders’ record when leading after two periods, giving them by far the worst winning percentage (.467) in that situation. New York blew another second-intermission lead Saturday versus the Blues, when T.J. Oshie tied the game 3-3 in the last minute and St. Louis went on to win in the shootout. Granted, the Isles believed they should have won in overtime, but it wouldn’t have gotten to that point if they’d have been able to lock it down in the first place. (Related: Islanders would love to stop blowing 2-0 leads)

215 — The number of times the Flyers have been shorthanded. Yep, the most in the NHL. The Bruins scored three power-play goals in Saturday’s 6-1 win over Philly, further highlighting a problem that Craig Berube has been harping on since taking over behind the Flyers’ bench. Whether it’s a lack of discipline or team speed that’s leading to all those penalties is up for debate. That all those penalties is hurting them is not. Even with the 10th-ranked penalty kill (83.3%), the Flyers have surrendered 36 power-play goals, tied for seventh most in the league.

48.9% — The Ducks’ faceoff percentage, ranking them 21st in the NHL. Perhaps somewhat surprising considering Anaheim’s spot atop the standings, but as we’ve noted in the past, not all winning teams are winners in the faceoff circle. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last year with a 46.8% win rate in the playoffs. The Kings won it the year before at 49.7%. It’s one of those things where you’d love to be above 50 percent, but it’s not as important as it’s sometimes made out to be.

  1. stepanup - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    And Kuemper was two inches (empty net try hit the pipe), and then 26 seconds, from shutting out the Blackhawks last week.

    Boston media, and Joe Haggerty in particular, is twitching about your suggestion that face off % is not the most important stat for a center. (He regularly cites Seguin’s faceoff % in Dallas when Seguin’s +/- is above 0)

    Nice post. More like this going forward appreciated.

  2. tn16 - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    0 number of hits the sedins have thrown

  3. sjtorpitt - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    ^you obviously haven’t watched hockey this year, or you’re just a Canucks hater.

  4. flash8910 - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    215 – so Mason is not as bad as he seems?!?!

    • rdurk86 - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Yes. He is.

      • flash8910 - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        Flyers fans are a tough audience. Only they can bag on one of their own.

  5. umrguy42 - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Speaking of the Vanek no-goal, I took another look. While even as a Blues fan I agree the Isles got hosed, I noticed something in the slo-mo replays from overhead(ish) – Steen comes in behind him, their left feet bump, Vanek’s left foot moves forward a short distance *before* Steen’s foot catches up with him. I have to wonder if that’s what Toronto saw and considered a “distinct kicking motion”. The questions still remain – why did his foot move – his volition, or the result of Steen’s foot bumping his, and where was the puck exactly when his foot moved forward (I can’t tell from the overhead shot) – makes a difference if the puck was there or coming to his skate while his foot moved, or if it hit after.

  6. s2mikey - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    As if Sabres fans like me need to be reminded of this stuff. Oh my god they are so awful.

    • chanceoffleury - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      Look on the brightside. If McDavid is half as good as he’s hyped to be, Buffalo’s putting in a pretty good bid to get the next great franchise center in 2015. And you can pick up some decent teammates for him to bounce off of early in the draft this year if the Isles keep it up. Not all is dark in Buffalo. They’re such a great hockey town I hope it all works out in the next couple years and they do the rebuild right.

  7. bronco1991 - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    To bad that mcdavid isn’t eligible till next years draft

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