December 07, 2010
Stunning Numbers is an occasional look at stats and figures from around the NHL.
The NHL's current leader in penalty minutes? That would be zebra magnet Sean Avery(notes) of the New York Rangers with 103 in 29 games. His reign may be short-lived, however: Zenon Konopka(notes) of the New York Islanders is at 102 PIM with four games in hand.
Bottom line: Neither of them will take home the Lady Byng this season.
Here are some Stunning Numbers on penalties in the NHL, as well as other interesting figures through Monday night's games:
The penalties drawn per 60 minutes of play for Alexander Burmistrov of the Atlanta Thrashers, best in the NHL for players who have played at least 20 games (via Behind The Net). Drew Miller(notes) of the Detroit Red Wings, Derek Dorsett(notes) of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Patrick Kaleta(notes) of the Buffalo Sabres rank right behind him at 2.5.
The number of major penalties earned by the Pittsburgh Penguins (29 games) and the St. Louis Blues (26 games) this season to lead the NHL. Deryk Engelland(notes) leads the Penguins with eight majors, with Michael Rupp(notes) having earned five. BJ Crombeen(notes) has eight majors for the Blues, with Brad Winchester(notes) second with five.
The number of penalty minutes per game on average for the Florida Panthers, the lowest average in the NHL this season. Their 188 penalty minutes are the lowest in the league, as are their 76 minor penalties. The lowest PIM per game average last season was the Nashville Predators' 8.7 per game.
The number of bench minors for the Nashville Predators this season, tops in the NHL. They had six all of last season, when the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators led the league with 13 total.
The number of shots faced and goals allowed in the shootout by Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo(notes) this season, going 0-2 with a .000 save percentage. He allowed five in 14 chances last season for a 2-3 record.
The number of times the Atlanta Thrashers have scored the first goal in their last 15 games, including Monday night's rally from behind against the Nashville Predators. Overall, the Thrashers are 8-5-3 when scoring first this season.
The number of wins for the Montreal Canadiens when they score first this season, best in the NHL. The Habs have a 15-1-2 record overall when tallying first.
The number of REGULATION losses for the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes when they score first this season. The Bruins are 10-0-1 overall for a .909 winning percentage, best in the NHL. The Hurricanes are 9-0-2. (Ed. Note: Sorry, missed a critical word there.)
The number of wins for the New York Islanders when they trail first in a game, for a 0-13-2 overall record that's worst in the NHL.
The number of hits the New York Rangers have been credited with through 15 home games, the highest total in the NHL. That's 35.9 hits per home game. The Rangers lead the NHL with 872 hits in total, with the Pittsburgh Penguins (792) second.