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Five telling stats from the first round

May 1, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

1. Colorado’s score-close Fenwick — 38.7 percent

By far the lowest of all 16 teams in the first round. In the regular season, the Buffalo Sabres finished 30th, and they were at 41.0%.

Look, a lot of Avalanche fans thought we were picking on their team when we asked if Colorado was in trouble after Game 3. Honestly, we weren’t. All we try to do here is call it like we see it. The Avs are an exciting young team with a bright future, but defensively they still have serious issues. Just look at the late tying goal the Wild scored last night:

That is not sound, structured hockey right there.

Again though, bright future. Just have some things to learn.

2. Anze Kopitar — 10 points

Tied for the most in the playoffs, with Paul Stastny, Nathan MacKinnon and Zach Parise. There’s a good chance Kopitar is going to win his first ever Selke Trophy this season, and deservedly so. He’s an elite two-way forward, right up there with Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron.

This is a goal Kopitar scored in Game 6. Note how he started and finished the play:

3. Boston’s power play — 37.5 percent (six goals on 16 opportunities)

Hey, remember when the Bruins’ power play went 0-for-21 versus the Habs in 2011? And remember the disgruntlement in TD Garden during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final versus Vancouver when the B’s failed to score on Aaron Rome‘s five-minute major for hitting Nathan Horton late? Boston won it all that year with a power play that converted on just 11.4 percent of its chances. Related: Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton weren’t on that Bruins team.

4. Penguins’ record when they led after two periods — 1-2

Yep, both Pittsburgh losses to Columbus came after the Penguins carried a lead into the third. In all, teams went 28-7 in that situation during the first round, which isn’t all that great. Compare that to, say, the 2000 playoffs when teams went a combined 53-4, or 2004 when they went 67-6. When the Penguins won the Cup in 2009, they went a perfect 11-0.

 5. Frederik Andersen‘s save percentage — .892

The only goalie with a sub-.900 save percentage to advance to the second round. In large part because Kari Lehtonen‘s was even worse, .885, for Dallas. (Not a lot of great goaltending in that Ducks-Stars series.) Should be interesting to see if Bruce Boudreau goes back to Jonas Hiller against the Kings.

  1. prosportswashington - May 1, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    I think it’s great to see some turnover in the playoffs this year, even if it comes at the expense of my favourite team (the Capitals)

  2. c9castine - May 1, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    colorado was playing with fire all season. good young team, but the results were predictable. boston’s powerplay will calm down. penguins seemed to turn a corner in game 5 as far as stabilizing hockey games.

    and what the heck is brucey boy doing with his goaltenders out there?

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      It really showed up it stats all year – SOG imbalance, 5 on 5 corsi. Their success depended on a high shooting % and Varlemov playing outstanding, night after night.

      As they’re a young team, maybe they offer picks to improve “D”.

  3. bullwinkle88 - May 1, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Colorado will have to trade to bring in the top defenseman they need. O’Reilly could be the bait that they can use.

  4. pastabelly - May 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Montreal does a decent job of handling the Bruins power play. They do put a lot of pressure on the points. The Bruins power play is better because Chara is up front, Krug is a great quarterback at the point, Iginla is now a Bruin, and Carl Soderberg has emerged as a force. Hamilton is also playing well. I don’t think the Canadiens will be able to as anxious to take penalties as they have previously.

    The Avs were too young and not ready for a run. They’ll get there.

    • pepper2011 - May 1, 2014 at 3:34 PM


  5. bucfanforlife - May 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    kop is a stud the kings were going to do some damage in the playoffs a few years ago before kop hurt his knee, the dude has always been a stud

  6. spitfisher - May 1, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Its insulting that the Habs were nothing more than footnote in the telling stats listed, after all they are entitled to glory in every series, they are hockey, they have the greatest fans- just ask them, they do not dive or flop around, they do not embellish behavior to get a power play, they are victims of rogue teams that cheat…….

    Whoo, that reminds me I need to go back on my meds.

  7. aldog83 - May 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Kopitar for Selke

  8. maalea - May 1, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    People sing the praises of the Western Conf. and they are right about the top 3 or 4 teams. They are better than all the East save for Boston.
    However, team 5 through 8 the East is much better CBJ, PHL, DET and a healthy Tampa would beat DAL, COL, MIN, and god only knows about San Jose.

    The main difference to me is the goaltending and overall defensive team play. It seems to me the East teams are more disciplined and responsible in their own ends.

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 1, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      What? now way Det makes the playoffs onless they’d moved to the EC. Wild, Aves and Stars were a combined 51-27-8 vs the EC Det, CBJ and PHL were 41-31-12.

      Bit of rose colored glasses/EC bias it seems

      • maalea - May 2, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        I’m talking playoff hockey. Which is a totally different animal than the regular season. So your stats are useless in this discussion.

    • strictlythedanks - May 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      maalea, thats about as inaccurate a statement as someone can make.

  9. jbkc4532 - May 1, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Amaze right up there with Toews and Bergeron. I agree all three elite level. And all three are leagues behind Pavel.

  10. jbkc4532 - May 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM


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