Friday, March 1, 2013

Surprising Stats In The NHL

We are coming up to the half way point of the season and as I kill time at work reading hockey blogs and looking at stats there are more than a few stats that jump out at me. Going into the shortened 2013 NHL season we didn't really know what to expect. There were so many question marks surrounding teams and how players would perform after an extended offseason. Well, a lot of those questions have been answered and the stats will most definitely surprise you.

Here are five stats I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around:

The Chicago Blackhawks haven't lost in regulation

The Hawks have a very strong roster so it doesn't surprise many that they are doing well, but the fact they haven't lost in regulation in the first 20 games of the season is pretty surreal. Beating the Anaheim Ducks 2006-07 record of 16 games without a regulation loss to start a season earlier this week, the Hawks now sit at 17-0-3 and on top of the rest of the league by 8 points.

Mark Fraser is a league leading +15

Fraser was acquired by the Maple Leafs in Feburary 2012 to add some depth to the Marlies on the backend. I doubt anyone in Leafs management at that time would have thought he would have been leading the NHL in plus/minus and playing a major role for the big club. Despite playing a team-low 14:41/night on the Leafs blueline, Fraser has been steady for the Leafs by keeping it simple on defence and his +/- rating shows that.

Andrew Ladd leads the league with 10 even strength goals

Ladd has really flown under the radar as a pretty decent goal scorer putting up 29 goals in 2010-11 and 28 goals last season. With 12 goals so far in 20 games, Ladd would be on pace for his first 40-goal season if this was a full 82-game season. While guys like Stamkos and Neal seem to be scoring every night, it is Andrew Ladd that has being doing the most scoring at even-strength with 10 on the season and helped the Jets into 8th place in the East.

Tampa Bay loves to play pond hockey

Tampa Bay leads the NHL with 3.55 goals/game, but also sit 26th overall allowing 3.16 goals/game. Basically, if your a gambling man, pound the over any time the Lightning are playing. Their lowest scoring game this season has been 2-1, as they are yet to be shutout or shutout an opposing team. With all that offence it is no surprise Steven Stamkos leads the league with 14 goals in 20 games and is tied with Sidney Crosby for most points.

Viktor Fasth is 9-1

There were probably more than a few people who had no idea who Viktor Fasth was at the beginning of the season, but thanks to Jonas Hiller's struggles and injuries he's on everyone's radar. After going 8-0 to start his first NHL season, Fasth was quickly given a two-year, $5.8M extension and has earned the starting goaltender position in Anaheim. Among the league leaders in wins, GAA, and save percentage, Fasth is a big  reason why the Ducks sit 2nd overall in the league. Fasth has a handful of awards and honours in Sweden for his goaltending over there and had this season not worked out for him he might have been teaching autistic high school students - what a great story.

1 comment:

  1. Viktor Fasth started off well but Hiller has stolen the number 1 job back in Anaheim.


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