Detailed special teams statistics
I've been working with Gabe Desjardins at Behind The Net, helping feed him ideas for new stats, and his latest release includes some great data as it relates to teams playing in different situations.
There's a ton of information there (didn't you always want to know the rate of missed shots while shorthanded for Los Angeles?), but some of what I think is the most useful data is in the power-play and penalty-kill figures, where we can now determine the effectiveness of teams based on minutes played in that situation.
The Canadiens, for example, have the league's best power play, with 14 goals scored in 71 minutes of 5-on-4 play (as of Monday), which works out to a rate of scoring 39.4% of every two minute stretch.
Columbus, meanwhile, has the top penalty kill, with only three goals against 4-on-5 over 70.7 minutes played. That works out to a 91.5% kill rate.
There's a lot of other good info regarding shots on goal, for and against, in different situations.
Examples: Overall, Carolina has the most shots on goal per game, and Vancouver has the least. Detroit allows the fewest shots against, while Philadelphia allows the most.
But if you look at the shots on goal, for and against, by situation, things change considerably. Ottawa is the top team for shots on goal, both for and against, at even strength. On the power play, Florida is generating an incredible 57.4 shots per 60 minutes played, while the Islanders are putting up just 30.4.
Shorthanded, Los Angeles netminders are seeing by far the most shots, 55.8 per 60 minutes, while Nashville penalty killers are allowing just 27.5.
From that, you can determine things like team save percentages in certain situations, such as .824 for Toronto while shorthanded, but .893 at even strength.
Or how about the fact the Penguins lead the league with 28.2 missed shots per 60 minutes on the power play?
There's a ton of stuff there, and while the numbers are now a few days old, it's likely to be regularly updated all season. It's a real shame the league doesn't produce these numbers, but at least now there's a source for fans and bloggers to consult.