January 21, 2011
Stunning Numbers is an occasional look at stats and figures from around the NHL.
This week, we're focusing (though not solely) on road stats in the NHL.
The best road team in the League during 2010-11? The Philadelphia Flyers at 16-5-3, followed by the Detroit Red Wings at 15-7-2. The worst? The New Jersey Devils bring up the rear at 6-16-1, with the New York Islanders right ahead of them (6-14-3).
Speaking of the Islanders ...
The number of road penalties taken by Colton Orr(notes) of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 22 games, tops in the NHL. Zenon Konopka(notes) of the Islanders, Theo Peckham(notes) of the Edmonton Oilers and Corey Perry(notes) of the Anaheim Ducks are all tied with 22 road penalties.
The number of road penalty minutes for Konopka, leading Orr by 1 PIM. Orr has 128 PIM on the season in total; Konopka has 148.
The nearly-a-minute difference in time on ice for Lubomir Visnovsky(notes) of the Anaheim Ducks between his home (24:29) and road (25:23) total TOI. Part of that difference: He averaged 4:10 on the power play at home but 3:48 on the road, as the Ducks have had 74 power play chances on the road vs. 91 at home.
The power-play conversion rate on the road for the Vancouver Canucks, best in the NHL and light-years ahead of their conversion rate on home ice (19.3).
The number of teams that have higher power-play conversion percentages on home ice than on the road, proving once and for all that a bunch of drunks yelling SHOOOOOOOOT from the cheap seats really do make a difference.
The penalty kill conversion rate on the road for the Pittsburgh Penguins, best in the NHL through 23 road games. The Penguins and the Florida Panthers are the only teams in the League to have given up less than 10 power-play goals on the road this season.
The number of shorthanded goals scored by the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, the only team in the NHL not to have a shorty yet. (The New York Rangers lead the NHL with nine.) Tampa had only two last season.
From the great Behind The Net, the number of penalties drawn per 60 minutes of even-strength play for Patrick Kaleta(notes) of the Buffalo Sabres (38 games), best in the NHL for players with at least 35 games played.
The percentage of his team's total faceoffs that Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has taken through 41 games. Sid led the League in this category in 2009-10 (38.2 percent) as well. The last time a player led the League in percentage of team faceoffs taken with a percentage over 40 percent? Mats Sundin(notes) in 2007-08, at 40.8 percent. (Rod Brind'Amour(notes) was second at 40.1.)
Finally, the last year in which the Los Angeles Kings went more than six straight games without a power-play goal. From March 4-20, 2003, they went nine games without scoring on the man advantage; they're currently 0 for 19 on the power play over their last six games. Clearly, this is all Mike Murphy's fault.