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Five individual playoff stats you may find interesting

May 6, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

Martin St. Louis, Marc-Andre Fleury AP

.925Marc-Andre Fleury‘s save percentage this postseason. It was only .908 in the first round against Columbus, but has risen considerably on the strength of two shutouts over the Rangers. Among regular starters in these playoffs, only Tuukka Rask (.939) and Corey Crawford (.936) have stopped a higher percentage of shots than Fleury.

“I don’t think there was any question he was the best player on the ice,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said after Fleury’s 35-save shutout last night at MSG.

.830Ilya Bryzgalov‘s save percentage in five appearances for the Wild, by far the lowest of any goalie that’s started a game this postseason. Bryzgalov has faced just 21 shots in each of the two games versus the Blackhawks, and that’s a heck of an accomplishment for Minnesota against a team that averaged 33.1 shots during the regular season.

Unfortunately for the Wild, their goalie has been beaten seven times, including this back-breaker in Game 1:

Nice shot? Absolutely.

Stoppable shot? Without a doubt.

1.8 — Points per game for Brent Seabrook. Nobody boasts a higher number than that. The Chicago defenseman was suspended for three games against St. Louis, but he’s still managed to rack up nine points in the five he’s played. Just another one of those right-shooting d-men that are all the rage these days.

6 — Goals for Marian Gaborik. Nobody has more. The Kings got Gaborik from Columbus in March for Matt Frattin, a second-round and conditional third-round pick. So yeah, not a bad deadline deal right there. Certainly, skating on a line with Anze Kopitar has helped Gaborik, but let’s not use that against him — he was picked up to score, and he’s done just that.

41 — Shots for Rick Nash. Nobody has more. And that’s good, in theory. But did we mention Nash has zero goals and apparently needs to put his “big boy pants” on? Why exactly the shots aren’t going in for the hefty winger is a good question. Some of it’s probably bad luck. But Nash had similar issues in last year’s playoffs when he scored just once on 42 shots, so it’s feasible there’s an issue with the quality of shots he’s getting. Regardless, it’s his job to convert, and for the Rangers’ sake he needs to figure it out quick.

  1. hockeyflow33 - May 6, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    The goal where Kane walks past three Wild defenders was stoppable? Not sure why you’re looking towards the goalie on that one. That just highlights the complete lack of defense Minnesota has show this series.

    • strictlythedanks - May 6, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      I wouldn’t call it a complete lack of defense considering they are holding the hawks to 22 shots a game, while putting up 27 themselves. What the wild lack is finishing on their chances more then anything. That Kane play was definitely bad on the wilds on defense, and I agree that you can’t expect bryz to stop that shot.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Maybe it’s 22 shots but they seem to be giving up a ton of breakaways and bad odd-man rushes

    • Jason Brough - May 6, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      The one where even Bryz admitted he didn’t play it well:

      • strictlythedanks - May 6, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        you can always count on the bryzly bear to give you his honest opinion

  2. phillyphanatic77 - May 6, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    I just don’t understand how a player with Nash’s size, skill, and speed would be so silent. Against the Flyers he was outplayed by St. Louis, Richards, Pouliot, Zuccarello, Hagelin, Dorsett and… well, essentially the entire Rangers forward group. And it’s not as if he was facing a good defensive team. A decrepit Timonen, a turnover machine in Coburn, and pylons like Schenn, Grossmann, and Gill… Nash should’ve had an easy road. And the Pens aren’t known for their D either. One excuse could be the play of Mason and Fleury but still elite players find a way.

    As for Minny, I feel bad for their fans. Kuemper was building momentum and now they’re stuck with a fourth stringer like Bryz… that’s not fair. Sure he hasn’t had a ton of defensive help but I would have little to no confidence that he could slow the Hawks potent attack. A sweep may be in the cards.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kane (2110)
  2. P. Kessel (1531)
  3. M. Richards (1351)
  4. N. Backstrom (1247)
  5. M. Giordano (1143)