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Who are the best and worst 5-on-5 scoring teams in the NHL?

Mar 26, 2014, 1:51 PM EDT

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In 2010-11, the Boston Bruins led the NHL in 5-on-5 scoring, with a ratio of 1.4. Which meant for every 1.4 goals they scored, they only allowed one against. The Bruins would go on to win their first Stanley Cup since 1972, despite a power play that struggled all season and throughout the playoffs. Boston’s 5-on-5 scoring ratio in the playoffs that year was a whopping 1.82.

As such, B’s fans will no doubt be happy to hear that their team is once again leading the league in 5-on-5 scoring ratio, with a mark of 1.59.

Here’s how all 30 teams in the league rank:

1. BOSTON 1.59
2. ANAHEIM 1.42
3. CHICAGO 1.39
4. ST LOUIS 1.38
6. SAN JOSE 1.21
7. TAMPA BAY 1.18
9. COLORADO 1.10
11. COLUMBUS 1.06
12. PHOENIX 1.03
13. NY RANGERS 1.02
14. DETROIT 1.00
16. DALLAS 0.97
17. TORONTO 0.94
18. VANCOUVER 0.94
19. WINNIPEG 0.94
20. OTTAWA 0.94
21. MONTREAL 0.90
23. FLORIDA 0.88
24. CAROLINA 0.88
25. NEW JERSEY 0.88
27. CALGARY 0.79
28. NASHVILLE 0.78
29. EDMONTON 0.72
30. BUFFALO 0.61


For the most part, this list comes fairly close to mirroring the Corsi* 5-on-5 list, with a few exceptions. For example, Colorado, which ranks a respectable ninth in the scoring list above but only 26th in Corsi. The difference? The Avs score on a higher percentage of their shots than most teams, and they’ve gotten great goaltending. Conversely, there’s a team like New Jersey, which ranks 25th above, but third in Corsi. The difference? You guessed it — the Devils’ low shooting and save percentages when 5-on-5.

*Corsi definition, via Extra Skater: Corsi is the number of shot attempts by a team or player. It’s used as a proxy for puck possession.

  1. bigtganks - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    I’m shocked my canucks are that high.

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      u’d have to be that high to be a fan of the nucks.

    • taytay099 - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      I’m shocked at Alex Edler’s +/- rating. How does he manage to be -29 on a team that is close to even 5-on-5?

  2. slaugin - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    7 out of 10 are from the West. Prob shouldn’t be surprising but damn East pick it up

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    No wonder montreal dives so must and makes dirty plays to get retaliation penalties…

    • habsmansboyfriend - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      We don’t dive and you KNOW it……we’re just victims of savage stick-swinging incidents that may or may make contact with us…………And just because P.K never drops the gloves doesn’t mean he’s trying to get retaliation penalties…..he’s just trying to protect that beautiful face of his….

  4. bruinsfan55 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Bruins always seem to be one of the best 5 on 5 teams. But we’re at the top once again. Let’s go Bruins!

    • nunan - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      That’s why they’re so successful come playoff time. Usually don’t blow anybody away in the regular season, although this season is starting to shape up that way, and then become incredibly hard to beat in the playoffs. The refs allowing the teams to play is another thing. When they call 12 penalties like they did the other night, it becomes a huge equalizer. Fortunately, that’s not the way the playoffs are called.

  5. ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    I expected this to start with “In today’s edition of These Numbers Don’t Mean Jack,”.

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      RIght, ibie. LOL! Now we’re going to get another Brough article with more statistics that don’t mean jack.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        should this be where we start more who’s who speculation?

        here’s one: Finkle is Einhorn. Einhorn is Finkle.

      • patthehockeyfan - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Uh-oh! Starting that again??? I don’t know if I can take another round. My only response is from The Beatles’ “I am The Walrus”:

        “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together “

  6. lowenni - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    No excuse for Edmonton to be that low on the scoring charts given the amount of talent they have on their roster.

  7. madmax80 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    ibieiniid – Mar 26, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    I expected this to start with “In today’s edition of These Numbers Don’t Mean Jack,”.


    REALLY??? You don’t see how this applies to – say – the playoffs??? You know, when you play mostly 5 on 5 cuz the refs usually call fewer penalties.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      read the first line of this please:

    • hockey412 - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Overreact much? It was funny – on-going joke.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        and you’d think when i politely fill them in on the joke, they wouldn’t continue with the downthumbs lol. children on this site, man, children.

  8. joey4id - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    If you can’t play a half decent 200 feet game, then regardless of the offensive talent on the team you are not going to win much. Oilers scored 180 goals… right up there with LA. Commitment to play d is what sets the top teams apart from the bottom feeders. You can’t have a weak link in the chain to win a championship. There’s an old saying; You’re only as strong as your weakest link.

  9. sluggo65 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    I can’t believe Buffalo is ranked so high……The pain continues!

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      At least they made the top 50!

  10. aldog83 - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    LA in the bottom 5 in NHL Scoring.

    But top 5 in 5 ON 5.And the #1 Defense to boot. (although its scary that Boston and St Louis are top 5 Defense and Top 5 5 ON 5)

    If Kings stay out of the box and avoid the power play (lol)….

    We got another run in us!


  11. tjvalley - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Islanders will dominate the league in a few years. The babies are just getting there feet wet. :-)

  12. Eutaw's Finest - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    And everybody called the Caps the worst 5 on 5 team… More like 22nd worst! And one of the top PP units out there too. Now if only their system included that thing called “defense.”

  13. muckleflugga - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    nice one pat …

    see how they run like pigs from a gun see how they fly

    i’m crying … numbers are useless unless the president’s trophy means anything

    as for the referees calling less penalties … possibly … but their incompetence remains proportional and is aided and abetted by like variance in application of rules of the game by the league itself … the ‘spirit of the rule’ out for autocratic bozo running the show from the avenue of the americas

    the so-called situation room is a prevailing joke and blown calls turn games at anytime of the year

    in the real-world whistles are only put away in game sevens when both teams have extracted the maximum amount of money from the fans and from commercial interests

    the most telling pattern is feeding a league-darling early power plays until they establish a two or three goal lead … penalties are often balanced through the game but a team struggling from behind against teams with a lead and opportunity to fall-back defensively are facing a daunting task

    the penguins turnaround game five on in 2009 is the best example … the league’s least penalized team through the regular season and playoffs were magically transformed after game four into its worst … wings only had to look at a penguin cross-eyed to get pulled for interference

    the game was embarrassed

    a disproportionate number of games are won in the playoffs by teams scoring first because they have the luxury of trapping a trailing opponent to death … the definitive boring hockey game … cricket has more appeal

    the second telling pattern involves phantom calls appearing in extended overtimes or when conflicting games or more important programming starts … the nbc factor deciding the outcome of games

    and the time worn adage defence wins games in playoffs only applies if sufficient offensive effort is put forth … sandbagging strong offensive teams with smothering defence while hoping for a goal against the run of play might win a game or two … this while putting remote controls into high gear but …

    defensive teams tend to get an early look at winter greens

    and rarely does a cup winner win without ability to overcome in the course of a playoff run, weaker teams in financial trouble in need of prolonged runs themselves to turn red to black [ see penguins 2009 above and edmonton carolina 2006 ] …

    the fix is in early so good teams have to be really good to press the league’s capacity for bending outcomes to the point where its intrusion is too obvious … its gaul runs rich and deep all the same …

    i’ve lost count over the years of first and second round exits precipitated by teams crying poverty or needing a new building

    and of course there is absolute need to keep goal-getters getting goals against blanketing coverage and savage physical attention from lesser foes … rules are forgotten and teams are suddenly permitted to bully and punch and hammer superior teams and players

    this while understanding these same superior teams and players are the league’s meal ticket in the regular season … the hypocrisy is palpable …

    much as everyone hated canucks, they were basically denied a cup win by an nhl accommodation in rules to permit bruins to push the final to seven

    yet another tainted cup win in the game’s annals

    and no cup winner wins without a red hot goalie who is himself benefitting from huge equipment and huge luck … the sound of music is the sound of goalposts ringing

    many a sure-thing has gone home early because goalies suddenly ran cold … the red wings have in their twenty odd year playoff run waved bye bye to solid gold cup chances ruined by mediocre goaltending

    had it not been for the fortuitous acquisition of hasek and vernon, they’d likely have two less banners in the rafters … to offend visiting and perennial also rans

    the only numbers that matter other than those from distinctly superior teams with consistent superior play over extended sampling periods … a rarity in the age of brutal travel and draft facilitated parity … are numbers as they occur in

    the moment

    i am the eggman they are the eggmen i am the walrus
    goo goo g’ joob juba juba juba

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      Expert textpert choking smokers
      Don’t you think the joker laughs at you? (Ha ha ha! He he he! Ha ha ha!)
      See how they smile like pigs in a sty, see how they snied
      I’m crying

      • blackhawksdynasty - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        I wish all comments on PHT included lyrics from psychedelic Beatles albums…..

        Ah, the good ol days….

        If only these kids knew, eh gents?

      • blomfeld - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        Careful there Blackhawksdynasty … Pat is a lady and an ‘excellent’ King’s fan to boot ! :)

  14. muckleflugga - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:54 PM


    beatles last scheduled concert was in august 1966 at candlestick … not even close to a sell-out surprisingly …

    25,000 of 42,000 tickets sold at the amazing price of $4.50 to $6.50

    they did The Beatles rooftop production in january 1969 unannounced

    they disintegrated in early 1970 with the end coming in april when paul formally quit the band


    the beatles have sold 3,303,500,000 albums and counting … look at those numbers relative to what passes as big sales in contemporary music

    the beatles disbanded in early 1970 and elvis left us in august of 1977 yet both consistently go one two in global music sales through today

    with those numbers perhaps some of the young have come to know what we know

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