November 04, 2011
Stunning Numbers is an occasional look at stats and figures from around the NHL. All numbers are through Thursday (Nov. 3) games.
The number of Phil Kessel's(notes) NHL-leading 21 points that were scored at even strength (81 percent). For comparison's sake, Claude Giroux(notes) of the Philadelphia Flyers, No. 2 on the point leader board, has scored 9 of his 17 points at even strength (53 percent). Kessel also leads the NHL with 9 even-strength goals.
The percentage of his total points scored by rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins(notes) on home ice. Edmonton has played four road games to eight at home. Also scoreless on the road: Taylor Hall(notes).
The shorthanded save percentage for Cory Schneider(notes) of the Vancouver Canucks (38 saves) and Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins (35 saves), the only two goalies who have faced more than 15 shots while shorthanded and have not yet allowed a goal.
The faceoff winning percentage for Henrik Zetterberg(notes) of the Detroit Red Wings in their 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Nov. 3. Who schooled him? Olli Jokinen(notes), who beat him on 10 of 12 faceoffs. Pretty remarkable, considering that Zetterberg was winning draws at a 62-percent clip in his first 10 games of the season. But things that were expected to be working that suddenly and inexplicably aren't pretty much sums up the 2011-12 Red Wings. For example…
The power-play conversion rate for the Red Wings, who hummed along at 22.3 percent last season. They're 15th in the NHL in power-play ice time (72:09) in 11 games. Point of concern: Four of their seven power-play goals have come on 5-on-3 opportunities; they're actually 5-for-40 (12.5 percent) with a one-man advantage.
The amount of 5-on-3 power play time the Carolina Hurricanes have had in their first 12 games, scoring twice. They lead the NHL with six 5-on-3s this season.
The number of goals the Colorado Avalanche have scored in five home games, a League-worst 1.20 goals-per-home-game. They're a league-worst minus-8 at home as well, going 1-4 so far in Denver.
The number of times the Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche have been shorthanded in the third period this season, best in the NHL. The leader for giving their foes power play opportunities in the last frame? The Philadelphia Flyers with 23 in 13 games — this is probably one of the reasons why the Flyers have given up 15 goals in the third period, tied with Pittsburgh for sixth-highest in the NHL.
The number of times the Vancouver Canucks have been shorthanded in the first period of their 13 games, highest in the NHL. The Ottawa Senators are second with 22 instances in 13 games. The St. Louis Blues have only been shorthanded nine times in 11 games in the first period.
The number of first-period power play opportunities the New York Islanders have earned through their first 10 games, fewest in the NHL. (Although the Phoenix Coyotes are right there with them at 9 in 12 games.) Last season, the Islanders were seventh in the League in this category (102 chances) and the Coyotes were sixth (103). The leader in first-period power plays? The Columbus Blue Jackets with 27 in 13 games. They've scored six power-play goals in total in 63 chances overall. This really hurts because …
The number of Blue Jackets wins when trailing after the first or second period. They're 0-5-1 when trailing after one. They're 0-6-0 when trailing after two. They are, to put it in clinical terms, terrible.
The number of times Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason(notes) has given up a goal on one of the first four shots he faced over his last 12 starts, per Aaron Portzline. While Mason gets far too much blame for the systemic problems on that roster … this is really like starting every race with one flat tire.