STATS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMMMMM…….
- There are only three players left in the NHL that were drafted by the Hartford Whalers: Chris Pronger, Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Craig Adams.
- Zach Parise has now taken at least one shot in 201 straight games, the longest such streak in the NHL. His last shot-less game was against the Islanders on November 6, 2009. That streak came close to ending recently as in the last five games, he was held to a single shot in four of them. With 209 goals in his career, he now trails his dad J.P. by just 29 for family bragging rights as Dad ended up with 238.
- With the acquisition of Jay Bouwmeester, the St Louis Blues now are the only team in the NHL that has three defencemen on their team with 18 or more points.
- Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd are tied for the Winnipeg lead in goals with 15 but Ladd should get the edge as Wheeler has scored the most empty net goals in the league this season with four. Jiri Tlusty, Tomas Kopecky and Pascal Dupuis each have three of the easy variety.
- It’s always interesting to see who scores more at home than on the road and vice versa. Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri has 14 goals but only two have come away from Calgary. Meanwhile, Alex Ovechkin has scored a league high 17 road goals goals as opposed to only nine at the Verizon Center. Speaking of Ovie, he is now tied with Steven Stamkos in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy with 26 goals each. Both Ovechkin and Stamkos have won the award two times previously. As late as March 15th, Ovie trailed Stamkos by ten goals. (20-10)
- Want to win a bar bet? Try this question. Which team has the best home record in the NHL. Chicago, Pittsburgh, Anaheim & Montreal are all wrong answers. The correct one is the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks are 14-1-5 at the Tank with their only regulation loss coming against Chicago on March 5th. Since then, they are 9-0-4.
- Patrick Sharp returned to the Blackhawks line-up in Minnesota on Tuesday. Chicago won the game 1-0 and they are now unbeaten in the last 31 regular season games with Sharp in the line-up dating back to March, 2012.
- Anaheim has gotten great mileage out of a pair of veteran defencemen in Sheldon Souray and Francois Beauchemin as they have the best plus/minus of any defencemen in the NHL. Currently, they are the only two rearguards in the top 12 in plus/minus. The 36-year old Souray is tied for second (with Sidney Crosby) at +26 and has been a minus player in just two games this season. His best plus/minus of his career came last season in Dallas when he was a +11. Meanwhile, 2013 has been a great turnaround season for the 32-year old Beauchemin as he is a +24, which is tied for fourth and has 21 points. Last season, he only earned 22 points and was a –14 while playing in all 82 games. (stats are up to April 10th)
- Were there a trophy for the leading scorer among US born players (the Modano Trophy ?), this year’s winner would be Patrick Kane who has 46 points, eight more than Phil Kessel. The surprise comes in third place where it is the red hot Ranger, Derek Stepan who has 33 points.
Stan Nieradka is a sports fan and statistician for Hockey Night In Canada, and contributor of Stats Plus for TMLfans.ca