March 12, 2010
Stunning Numbers is an occasional look at stats and figures from around the NHL.
The number of shootout goals for Brad Boyes(notes) of the St. Louis Blues and Jonathan Toews(notes) of the Chicago Blackhawks to lead the League. (Four players are right behind them with six goals.) Boyes is tied with four other players with three game-deciding shootout goals this season.
The shootout conversion rate for Mr. Skills Competition Highlight Reel himself, Mike Ribeiro(notes) of the Dallas Stars. He's 1-for-10 on the season. Some of the other dregs of the shootout: Blake Wheeler(notes) of the Boston Bruins (2-for-13), Corey Perry(notes) of the Anaheim Ducks (1-for-9) and Wojtek Wolski(notes) of the Phoenix Coyotes (1-for-9). Oh, but they don't compare to ...
The difference in points for Sidney Crosby(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins between home and road games. He has 56 points in 33 dates at Mellon Arena; he has 29 points in 33 games away from home. Sid's shooting percentage at home: .242. On the road: .117.
The percentage of the Colorado Avalanche's total team faceoffs taken by center Paul Stastny(notes) (50.5 faceoff winning percentage), the highest in the league. Sidney Crosby is next at 37.5 percent. For comparison's sake, Shawn Horcoff(notes) of the Edmonton Oilers led the NHL with 37.8 percent of his team's draws last season, while Mats Sundin(notes) was the 2007-08 leader with 40.8 percent while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The number of blocked shots for Ottawa Senators defenseman Anton Volchenkov(notes) after he stopped a puck in the first period of the Sens' loss to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. He's the first player to break the four-digit ceiling since the NHL formally began tabulating block shots as a stat in the 2005-06 season, which really must piss off Jay McKee.
This number of hits for Cal Clutterbuck(notes) of the Minnesota Wild, the defending leader in that category ... but wait, what's this? Ryan Callahan(notes) of the New York Rangers also has 257 hits on the season? Granted, Clutterbuck (58 games) has had less time to bash opponents than Callahan (67) this season, but there's a chance the Wild hit-man may not finish on top. Unless they pro-rate hits based on games played, in which case this completely nebulous and subjective stat is getting way too much critical thought.
The number of games Steven Stamkos(notes) of the Tampa Bay Lightning has played on Thursdays this season. More importantly, the number of goals he's scored on Thursdays this season. Stamkos has 24 points in 14 games on Thursdays, his highest total for any day of the week and the only day on which he's at a goal-per-game pace. "Everybody's working for the weekend / Everybody wants a little romance ..."