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Stunning Numbers: Blackhawks’ early perfection and Derek Dorsett’s road kill

Getty ImagesStunning Numbers is an occasional look at stats and figures from around the NHL

1

The number of games the Buffalo Sabres have won when scoring first. Granted, it’s only happened seven times in 37 games, worst in the NHL this season …

0

The number of times the Chicago Blackhawks have lost in regulation when scoring first, going 20-0-4 in 39 games. They're the only team in the NHL that's yet to lose in the first 60 when scoring first.

.917

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ winning percentage when scoring first, which they’ve done 24 times in 39 games for a 22-2-0 record.

.792

The shorthanded save percentage of Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators, the lowest for any goalie that’s faced at least 90 shots from an opposing power play. He’s given up 25 power-play goals in 25 games.

26

The number of power-play goals surrendered by Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes in 31 games, most in the NHL. Smith gave up 24 in 34 games last season.

32.6

The number of shifts per game for Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues through 36 games, best in the NHL. (Technically he’s tied with Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames, but Gio’s only played 19 games.)

59

The number of seconds played per shift for Mike Green of the Washington Capitals, tops in the NHL. Green and Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins were the NHL’s only 1-minute men last season.

9

The difference between Cory Schneider’s career appearances in the NHL (115) and Martin Brodeur’s career shutouts (124). So yes, Brodeur has more games in which he didn’t allow a goal than Schneider has games in which he appeared between the pipes.

61

The difference between the penalty minutes taken by New York Rangers pest Derek Dorsett on the road (72 in 15 games) and at home (11 in 18 games). Looks like someone hates room service.

62.3

The corsi-for percentage for Justin Williams of the Los Angeles Kings this season, best in the NHL according to Extra Skater. For the un-initiated, corsi measures a player's goals, shots on net, shots that miss the net and shots that are blocked, as a way to measure puck possession.

Plus-10.7

The corsi-for percentage of Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins relative to the corsi-for for the Bruins when he’s not on the ice. Which is to say they’re a much better possession team when Bergeron’s not sitting on the pine.

Minus-25

Meanwhile in more frivolous stats, the plus/minus for Nail Yakupov this season through 37 games, by far the worst in the NHL among 790 players. He’s now a minus-29 for his career. Alex Galchenyuk, taken third overall in the 2012 draft, is a plus-11. Guess it’s all who you know.

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