Tuesday, March 18, 2008

'Official' man games lost to injury

Ten days ago, I put together some rough estimates when it comes to man games lost to injury, but earlier tonight, I came across the "official" figures in team reports available on the NHL's media website.

Here they are, with team rankings in the standings (before Monday's games):

Rk Teams Games lost NHL pos.
1 Florida 362 22
2 Chicago 330 24
3 Boston 305 14
4 N.Y. Islanders 302 26
5 Edmonton 291 21
6 Colorado 288 12
7 Carolina 287 15
8 Philadelphia 268 17
9 Pittsburgh 235 4
10 Toronto 232 25
11 Vancouver 227 13
12 Washington 193 20
13 Nashville 193 16
14 San Jose 190 2
15 Columbus 178 23
16 Minnesota 172 9
17 Dallas 166 7
18 Tampa Bay 165 29
19 New Jersey 161 3
20 Buffalo 158 18
21 Detroit 154 1
22 Los Angeles 147 30
23 Anaheim 136 6
24 St. Louis 131 27
25 Ottawa 129 8
26 N.Y. Rangers 127 11
27 Calgary 109 10
28 Montreal 90 5
29 Atlanta 75 28
30 Phoenix 69 19

Keep in mind that these figures include everyone, even players who have missed the entire season and fringe callups who have been injured when with the NHL team.

UPDATE A team official has filled me in on how he calculates these figures, and players who have missed the entire season are generally not included: "A 'man game lost' occurs when a player who is eligible to play in a game can't play due to illness or injury. So by that definition, I only include players on our active roster to count for this."



At 2:20 a.m., March 18, 2008, Anonymous bk said...

I'd say Chicago suffers the most.. losing Toews, Havlat and Williams is pretty rough.

Though with Havlat, it's no surprise.

At 10:19 a.m., March 18, 2008, Anonymous Logan said...

Those numbers clearly don't include everyone. Steve Rucchin has been on the IR all season for the Thrashers, but his 74 games missed don't count towards the total.

At 2:01 p.m., March 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, only a correlation of .183 between man games & overall standing.

At 3:32 p.m., March 18, 2008, Anonymous neaux said...

I thought Carolina would be higher, since half its team is made up of Riverrats.

At 3:47 p.m., March 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Bergeron and Fernandez account for about 150 of Boston's missing games, but Sullivan counts for 0 of Nashville's?
And I thought adjusted Plus/Minus was a bogus stat.

At 9:45 p.m., March 19, 2008, Blogger Itlan said...

Mirtle, I have been tracking the Anaheim Ducks, and they currently have 138 man-games lost.

Nice table!

At 3:22 p.m., March 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not just the totals, it's the quality of players. While Chicago clearly suffers with Toews, Havlat and Williams out for large chunks of time, it's hard to believe Carolina can even compete with long-term injuries to Brind'Amour, Justin Williams, Ray Whitney, Matt Cullen and Chad LaRose. That's a first line and 2/3 of a third line, out for the year.

At 1:06 a.m., March 23, 2008, Anonymous Sweet Iain said...

Edmonton's officially over 300 man-games with no bogus claims included in that, guaranteed.
Considering they are missing

Torres (played #1 LW before injury when penner was struggling) - Horcoff (clear #1 C all year and all-star) - Moreau (captain!) , Souray (#1D, special teams monster) all out for the year - and massive portions of the season lost by Pisani, Greene, etc... as well as key injuries to Hemsky, Smid, etc etc... not to mention all the 6/7D with injuries like Roy, rourke etc

At 3:51 p.m., April 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Torres, Horcoff, Moreau? These guys are nothing compared to the players that Colorado has had to go without! Sakic, Stastny, Smyth, and not to mention Forsberg whos been DTD since he was aquired!
On top of all that, injuries to Arnason, Svatos, and even games lost by Hejduk and Wolski!
The Avalanche have definetly dealt with the worst injurys and they're still in the playoffs!

At 4:53 p.m., April 01, 2008, Blogger troy said...

The injuries to all of these teams are so crucial obviously. But I think the injuries to the canucks blueline have been the worst. They are built from the goalie out, so defence first. they've loss nearly 200 man games on their d alone and have never had their main 6 d intact all season. Right now they have ohlund, krajicek and miller out, but at one point, they had those 3 out plus salo, mitchell and bieksa.... for 2 games they had all of their 6 dmen out... thats brutal when you're built to play defence!! Most impressive that they are even still in this playoff position. Edmonton and colorado went through lots too, mainly upfront, but they have lots of depth up front. You can only have so much depth on the backend, you usually only carry 7 dmen, while you carry 12-13 forwards... a lot easier to replace a forward when you have depth then it is to replace a whole blueline!

At 12:55 p.m., April 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Troy, Van fans are the worst when it comes to pointing to the injury problems and yet the stats don't lie....not even top ten in man games lost. Besides the d-men you missed have been mostly brutal with Bieksa a sad one year wonder with a big contract next year. Nucks problems go much deeper than injuries.

At 2:42 p.m., April 06, 2008, Blogger Fred said...

The Bruins just barely squeaked into the playoffs and now have to play the team from the East that will probably be in the finals, Montreal. The B's are THE most offensively challenged team in the NHL, struggling to score more than two goals a night.

Losing our best player, Patrice Bergeron, for the entire season has pretty much sealed the deal on the B's. Losing our most promising defenseman, Andrew Alberts - also to post-concussion syndrome, for the rest of the season starting in December did not help.

Thank you very much to the Philadelphia Flyers and specifically to Randy Jones and Scott Hartnell for the great work they did for their organization in pretty much ruining the B's season. And thank you also to the NHL for the brilliantly stiff punishment it doled out to Jones and Hartnell for the hits they delivered on Bergeron and Alberts.

Both Jones and Hartnell got only two games suspended, each, for their marvelous work and putting two of our best players out for the rest of the season.

Thank you, NHL management, for allowing that thuggish organization called the Philadelphia Flyers to get away with it for so long before being more or less forced to finally tell Flyers' management that it had to change the way they did business.

At 2:50 p.m., April 19, 2008, Anonymous HockeyFan said...

Chicago will continue to suffer in the upcoming seasons. Havlat will never be able to recover from his shoulder injury.

At 12:41 a.m., September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this site! Hopefully you do it again this year. :-)



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