Sunday, July 23, 2006

2005-06: By the numbers
Man games lost to injury in the NHL*

My thanks to Iain Morrell, publisher of McKeen's Hockey, who had these figures at the ready when I asked for them.

As the NHL itself doesn't keep these numbers, they are far from scientific totals, but I think it gives you an idea of which teams were really hit by the injury bug last season. It's not much of a surprise that most of the teams at the top of the list missed the playoffs.

If you spot any errors here, feel free to let me know.
  1. Boston. 394
  2. St. Louis. 391
  3. Philadelphia. 384
  4. Los Angeles. 363
  5. Pittsburgh. 308
  6. Chicago. 299
  7. Vancouver. 279
  8. Florida. 268
  9. Carolina. 265
  10. Nashville. 265
  11. Toronto. 249
  12. N.Y. Islanders. 245
  13. Atlanta. 241
  14. Buffalo. 235
  15. Phoenix. 231
  16. Detroit. 214
  17. Calgary. 210
  18. Colorado. 201
  19. Montreal. 147
  20. Washington. 144
  21. Edmonton. 134
  22. Minnesota. 129
  23. Anaheim. 128
  24. San Jose. 123
  25. Dallas. 84
  26. New Jersey. 77
  27. Tampa Bay. 57
*- Figures for Columbus, the Rangers and Ottawa are as of yet unavailable


At 2:49 a.m., July 24, 2006, Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

The Kings were fourth this past season? I guess that's progress. I hope we're further down the list this upcoming season.

At 8:40 p.m., July 24, 2006, Anonymous SabreMark said...

I think this chart is interesting, but I think a way should be made to determine the quality of man-games lost, not just the quantity. Either PPG or salary would be a better indicator.

The reason I say this is because a when you look at this chart, a team like Buffalo is in the middle of the pack, but they lost a lot of games from their best players, like Briere, Miller and Dumont. Philly, OTOH, lost big games from Primeau and Kim Jonsson, but their numbers were skewed by man-games lost by a stiff like Chris Therien, who probably wouldn't have played much anyways.

Just food for thought.

At 12:55 a.m., July 27, 2006, Anonymous Mike said...

Therien missed 33 games, his injury happened during a game, about the same time as Johnsson. He definitely would have played, most likely not well but still would have continued to get ice time.
The only player one could look at for 'skewing' the numbers would be Ryan Ready. A Phantoms callup, played half a game then pulled a groin. He wasn't 'officially' sent back down until he was healed 21 games later. Eight other Flyers missed 20+ games.

I am surprised Flyers did not end up #1 especially as fast as they were dropping.

My personal count was 388, guess my math sucks.


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