STATS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMMMMM…….
- When the Detroit Red Wings last missed the playoffs back in 1989-90 there were just 21 teams in the NHL.
- Last week, Chicago and Detroit played their final regular season game as division rivals. They have faced off 725 times against each other, the most two times any two teams have played. However, with the Red Wings shift over to the East, they will only play two times a year going forward. It works out that sometime during the 2014-15 season, Montreal vs. Boston will take over the mantle as the most played games between two teams.
- Tuesday was a historic night for Ken Hitchcock as he got win # 600 with a shootout victory over Vancouver. He is just the 11th coach to reach that plateau and amazingly six have coached for the Blues in Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour, Mike Keenan, Joel Quenneville, Jacques Martin and now Hitch. Among those 11 coaches with 600 wins, Hitchcock would have the third best winning %:
- The last time the New York Islanders made the playoffs was in the 2006-07 season under coach Ted Nolan. The Isles lost to Buffalo in five games and only five players that suited up for that series are still playing in the NHL right now: Aaron Asham, Bruno Gervais, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Tom Poti & Ryan Smyth.
- In the first 98 games of his career, Sergei Bobrovsky did not record any shutouts. However, he is making up for lost time as he now has had four shutouts in his last 18 games for Columbus.
- Alexander Ovechkin has scored 28 goals this season. One more would give him 29 goals which is the equivalent of scoring 50 in an 82-game slate.
- The old guys can still bring it as you can see by the top goal scorers among the over-35 set:
- Former Leafs first round pick (2006) Juri Tlusty is having a career year with the Carolina Hurricanes. He leads the NHL in multi-goal games with seven, which is two more than any other player. He is also tied with the Jets Blake Wheeler for having scored the most empty net goals this year with four each (as of games played Tuesday).
- With a little over a week to go, the winner of the Val Fonteyne Award for this season is Colorado’s Milan Hejduk. My fictional award goes to the skater who played the most games without taking a single penalty. It is named after Fonteyne as he played 820 games in the NHL and had a total of just 26 minutes. He went two straight seasons with Pittsburgh from 1970-72 with taking even one minor.
BEST WINNING % COACHES WITH 600+ VICTORIES
1) Scotty Bowman, .657 %
2) Joel Quenneville, .612 %
3) Ken Hitchcock, .595 %
MOST GOALS BY PLAYERS OVER 35 (as of April 17th)
1) Jaromir Jagr, 15 goals, 41 years old
2) Shane Doan, 13 goals, 36 years old
3) Martin St Louis, 12 goals, 37 years old
Stan Nieradka is a sports fan and statistician for Hockey Night In Canada, and contributor of Stats Plus for TMLfans.ca