On Tuesday night, Buffalo became the last team to play it’s 48th game of the season, so now an accurate comparison can be made as to whether a team had improved from a season ago.
The two most interesting things to note was that all seven Canadian teams had suffered point drops from 2013. Also, the move to the Eastern Conference for Detroit and Columbus hasn’t exactly gone as they expected.

Plus teams Minus Teams
Colorado + 28 Buffalo -17
Tampa + 19 NYI – 12
St Louis + 11 Edmonton – 10
Anaheim + 9 Chicago – 7
San Jose + 9 Florida – 7
Carolina + 7 Winnipeg -6
Nashville + 6 Toronto – 6
Phoenix + 4 Ottawa -5
Los Angeles + 4 NY Rangers -5
Philadelphia + 4 Washington – 5
Dallas + 2 Calgary – 4
New Jersey + 2 Detroit – 4
Boston + 1 Montreal – 4
  Columbus – 3
  Pittsburgh – 2
  Vancouver – 2

Minnesota is the only team that remained the same from last season.
Going into the games of January 22nd, the Bruins Torey Krug led all rookie defencemen in goals with 11. In order to secure the Bruins record for goals by a rookie rear-guard, he will only have to jump the following no names:

  • Eddie Shore, 12 goals, 1926-27
  • Bobby Orr, 13 goals, 1966-67
  • Ray Bourque, 17 goals, 1979-80

The hockey world covets shots on goal but don’t play up the individual numbers a lot. Last week, Jaromir Jagr became just the seventh player in NHL history to take over 5,000 shot in his career. He joins Marcel Dionne, Al MacInnis, Wayne Gretzky, Brendan Shanahan, Mike Gartner and the all-time leader, Raymond Bourque. Bourque closed out his career with 6,206 shots which was 840 shots more than anyone else. Bourque also holds the unofficial record for most shots in a game with Gordie Howe with both getting 19 in a game. Bourque had 19 of the Bruins 73 shots against Quebec on March 21, 1991 with Ron Tugnutt the beleaguered recipient. The Nords did escape that game with a 3-3 tie.
Zemgus Girgensons plays for Ted Nolan with the Buffalo Sabres and will do so again when both will be representing Latvia in Sochi next month. Girgensons was the Sabres 1st pick, 14th overall in the 2012 draft and came into Toronto on January 15th and ended up getting 13 hits on the Maple Leafs in a 4-3 shootout loss. The 13 hits were the most by any player in the NHL this season by two and just missed by one, the record set by three players. The NHL only officially kept track of hits since the 05-06 campaign and the 14 hits in a regular season game were done by these three players:

  • Anaheim’s Brett Festerling (who only played 88 games in the NHL) at Dallas on December 31, 2009
  • The Islanders Matt Martin vs. Toronto on March 8, 2011
  • Phoenix Shane Doan vs. Philly December 3, 2011

In the two games after his 13 hit game, Girgensons had a total of one hit.

Stan Nieradka is a sports fan and statistician for Hockey Night In Canada, and contributor of Stats Plus for

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