Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Fun With Stats

After reading Tom Benjamin's post analyzing the number of goals that have been scored so far this season, and noticing that I have dropped in a couple of my hockey pools, I decided to look up some stats on NHL.com:
  • I've been critical of the Canucks' defense lately, but they actually rank a respectable 9th in number of goals allowed - they are only allowing 2.86 goals against per game. And this includes blowout losses to Minnesota and Colorado.
  • The Ottawa Senators lead the league in number of goals scored AND number of goals allowed. In 18 games, they have scored 83 goals (4.61 per game) and have only allowed 38 goals (2.11 per game).
  • How much do super rookies Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin mean to their respective teams? Both have been directly involved in almost 40% of their team's goals. Pittsburgh has scored 62 goals this season and Crosby was involved in 25 of them (10G-15A); Washington has scored 54 goals this season and Ovechkin was involved in 21 of them (15G-6A).
  • Of the top ten scoring defensemen in the 2003/2004 season, only Bryan McCabe is on the top ten so far this season. He is leading the league in defensemen scoring with 30 points (9G-21A) in 21 games. Amazingly, he only has a +1 rating.
  • Ditto with the forwards. Of the top ten scoring forwards in 03/04, only Daniel Alfredsson is on the top ten so far this season. He has 34 points (18G-16A) and a +18 rating.
  • Linemate Dany Heatley has 32 points (15G-17A) and a whopping +21 rating. (I should mention here that I don't have Heatley or Alfredsson in my money pools. I do, however, have preseason linemate Brandon Bochenski. Unfortunately, AHL stats don't count.)
  • Eric Staal (14G-17A-31P) has already matched his entire point total from last season. (By far my steal of the season - I picked Staal in the 9th round of a 15-team pool.)
  • Twenty-ish games into the season and there are 50 players on pace to score 80 points or more. Only eight players scored 80 or more points in the 2003/2004 season.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:36 AM


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