Monday, April 4, 2011

Winding Down the 2010-2011 NHL Season

It's been a long NHL season and we've seen a lot. Unbelievable winning streaks, dreadful losing streaks, late season surges, high profile injuries and a new way of picking the All-Star teams. Many of these came as surprises to hockey fans, and others sparked a great of discussion among hockey fans and the media. Now with the regular season over in less than a week, it's time to talk about some of the lesser known stories that are unravelling near the end of the season.

  • Corey Perry currently leads the NHL in goal scoring with 47 goals, and with 4 games left he could surpass the 50 goal mark for the first time in his career. If he doesn't reach this mark however, it will be the first time since 2003-04 when Rick Nash, Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuck scored 41 goals that the Maurice Richard Trophy winner did not score 50 or more goals. If he does not reach 51 goals this season, it will be the 4th consecutive year that the highest goal scorer tally has decreased.
  • Daniel Sedin currently leads the NHL in points with 100, and has a 6-point lead over Martin St. Louis. If he holds on to this lead, he and brother Henrik will become the first brothers to win the Art Ross Trophy in back-to-back seasons. Making this even more impressive is that they are twins. They might also be the first red-heads to win this trophy back-to-back.
  • Tim Thomas has been lights out all year, and his save percentage shows. With a .938 save percentage through 55 games he is on pace for the highest single-season save percentage since Dominik Hasek backstopped the Buffalo Sabres in 1998-99 with a .937 save percentage. Tim Thomas will still have a ways to go if he wants to beat the Dominator's 1.000 batting average in the Czech Republic Roller Hockey leagues.
  • Roberto Luongo has 37 wins and 3 games remaining. If Lou doesn't start or win one of the remaining 3 games the most wins he can have is 39. If this happens, it will be the first time since 2003-04 when Martin Brodeur lead the league with 38 wins that a goaltender has not reached 40 wins. Roberto is the only goalie who can reach 40 wins this season, and with the Presidents Trophy already locked up, it is likely Cory Schneider will get a start in to give Lou some rest before the Canucks playoff run.
  • Nicklas Lidstrom is currently rocking a +/- of -1. This is the lowest his rating has been in his 19-year-career since he was a +7 in 1992-93, and also the only time he might finish with a minus rating. Lidstrom is a career +430 and has had many great defensive seasons including four where he rated over +40, and chances are he doesn't care about this stat. Regardless of this stat, the 40 year old vet has shown he can still play in the NHL as his 62 points have him 2nd in defensive scoring, and much higher than some teams highest point scorer - looking at you Florida.
  • Sidney Crosby had 32 goals through 41 games this season before a concussion sidelined him indefinitely. He is currently tied for 11th in the NHL for goals and his 66 points have him tied for 23rd in total scoring. Crosby's half-season total still has him two goals ahead of rival Alex Ovechkin, and if he were to have 5 more goals he would be in the top 5 in scoring. Pretty impressive and it would have been nice to see how his final totals would have turned out if healthy with a backhand like this.

Do you have a favourite story from the season? Any interesting stats you want to share?

9 comments:

  1. goal scoring by individuals does seem down. seems like a lot of teams have like 4 20 goal scorers, or 3 25 goal scorers etc... good for teams, but i like seeing multiple guys get over 50 goals and battling it out to the last game, like sid and stamkos last year.

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  2. The Leafs have a chance to have 3, 30 goal scorers.
    That is pretty crazy that Twins are going to be back to back Art Ross winner.

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  3. I think that Lidstrom even if he is a minus player still comes away with the Norris this year.

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  4. Perry is amazing. Everyone thought he was a bad skater and wouldn't cut it in the NHL.

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  5. no win for Lou tonight... no 40 win goalie this season...wow... I guess the backups of the top teams have been playing a lot? Schneider? Rask?

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  6. Ovy scored his 300th goal tonight, makes him only the 5th player in NHL History to have over 300 g, 300 a in his first 6 seasons. (Gretzky, Lemieux, Bossy, Kurri and OV).

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  7. Ovie already has 600 points? holy jesus.

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  8. Anyone see that picture on puckdaddy last week. Ovechkin had his shirt off after a gamy with Jason Arnott. He looked fat. I wonder if that is why he is not scoring as much.

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  9. Sedins will definitely be the first back to back red heads... i can't even think of any other red heads in the NHL that would score that much

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