Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Avery's spleen

Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Sean Avery suffered a lacerated spleen in Tuesday night’s game, and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

He was taken to St. Vincent’s hospital after the game, and was admitted following a CT scan. He is expected to make a full recovery during the off-season.
The spleen is an organ found in all vertebrate animals. In humans, the spleen is located in the abdomen of the body, where it functions in the destruction of old red blood cells and holds a reservoir of blood.
First of all, here's hoping he makes that full recovery.

What's interesting about this story (other than perhaps the prevalence of these injuries in hockey players over the years) is that there was an original report from the New York Daily News that said Avery had gone into cardiac arrest in the middle of the night.

It's since been removed from the online edition, but I believe it ran in the papers and Eric McErlain at AOL FanHouse has a roundup of that coverage. The original online piece can be found in this screen shot.

This comes about a month after the paper linked Avery to "a notorious Manhattan madam."

On the spleen front, Peter Forsberg had the organ removed during the 2001 playoffs after he "complained of stomach pain and coughed up blood after a game." The Leafs' Nikolai Borschevsky also had his removed after a hit in a game in 1993.

The Tampa Tribune had a look at various spleen injuries in sports in the fall of 2006.
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A brief hiatus

My apologies to anyone who's left me an email this week — I'm in the middle of a move gone wrong (do they ever go right?) but should be up and running full-time again by tomorrow night.

Given three series are at 3-0, I may have picked a decent time to tune out for a bit. The NHL's final four is going to be Detroit, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia/Montreal.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Philly's conspiracy theory

Can't wait to see what's in store for tomorrow night.

This series is just three games old, and already there is way too much circumstantial evidence to support the perennial theorem embraced in the lower 48 at this time of year.

Namely, that Canada looks out for its own.

It's not just the yahoos in the upper levels who believe this, or the bias of announcers paid by the club. Chris Therien, Canadian-born, spoke on Comcast SportsNets's "Daily News Live" yesterday of strange calls made when the Flyers played the Maple Leafs in the playoffs, expressed the belief - nay, conviction - that he and his team felt they were playing Canada's team then.
And then Donnellon climbed in a clown car and drove around in circles while Gary Glitter played in the background.

Honestly, the league would love to see a major American centre like Philadelphia in the finals again. There's no pro-Canada conspiracy — just a few blown calls.

I do, however, get the feeling a lot of fans, Canadian or otherwise, are cheering for the Habs this year for some reason.
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Hart nominees announced

Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin are the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the player judged "the most valuable to his team," the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Hart Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters announced as finalists. The winner will be announced Thursday, June 12 during the 2008 NHL Awards Television Special, which will be broadcast live throughout Canada on CBC and the United States on VERSUS from the historic Elgin Theatre in Toronto.
>> league release
I'm pretty surprised there's no Nick Lidstrom here, but defencemen always get shortchanged with this award. And Iginla had a terrific season in the lower-scoring Western Conference.

There's no chance Ovechkin doesn't win.
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Monday, April 28, 2008

The goals keep coming

Normally, at this time of year, what you see is hockey's great disappearing act. Super-human goaltenders, tight checking and terrific defence, all conspiring against those trying to put the puck in the net.

Often the goals are ugly in the postseason, knuckle-pucks that deflect off a shin pad and through a maze of legs and somehow find a way in. And it doesn't happen with regularity.

This year's been a bit different.

Fifty-seven games into the 2008 playoffs, and goal-scoring hasn't dried up at all. In fact, it's right where we left it in the regular season, a 5.44 goals per game pace that, by playoff standards, is pretty darn high.

I've only put together figures for the past seven years, but those alone are telling:


Season Playoffs Diff Pct
2000-01 5.510 4.802 -0.708 -12.85%
2001-02 5.240 4.767 -0.473 -9.03%
2002-03 5.310 4.708 -0.602 -11.34%
2003-04 5.137 4.404 -0.733 -14.26%
2005-06 6.051 5.651 -0.400 -6.62%
2006-07 5.760 4.951 -0.809 -14.05%
2007-08 5.440 5.439 -0.001 -0.02%

In the six seasons leading up to this year, the playoffs averaged 0.62 goals per game less than the regular season, a dip of about 11.5 per cent. These playoffs, at least so far (and we're at about the two-thirds mark in terms of games played), little's changed.

After a pretty low-scoring season, it's been an abnormally high-scoring postseason.

Now, why is that?
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Rocky becomes a Habs fan


Montreal fans run amok, again.
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Mellon Arena party picks up

As the Pittsburgh Penguins-New York Rangers playoff series shifts to New York, Penguins fans can watch Games 3 and 4, Tuesday and Thursday night on a video screen outside Mellon Arena (weather permitting). Game time is 7 p.m. for both games.

A 12x16 LED screen has been set up in front of the Gate 3 entrance, near the marquee. More than 2000 fans were on hand to watch Games 1 and 2 of the second-round series against New York.

With interest in the team soaring, the Penguins are trying to accommodate fans in as many ways as possible. For safety reasons, the team asks fans not to bring grills or tents to the Gate 3 area. Also, alcohol is prohibited.
>> team release
Generally speaking, alcohol and the grilling of meat is encouraged at these sorts of things.

If the Pens make the finals, I'll be in Pittsburgh with The Pensblog and Empty Netters for the outdoor party.
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Meet Mike Gillis

"The agent business is full of guys with big balls", says one high-ranking NHL management figure. "But Mike Gillis has the biggest balls of all."
— From Money Players by Bruce Dowbiggin
He's had five days on the job, and we're only now getting an idea of just what the Canucks new GM plans to bring to the table.

To be perfectly honest, my knowledge of Mike Gillis prior to last week was along the lines of Tom Benjamin's: I knew he was a former player who'd become a relatively successful agent, and someone whose name had popped up every so often when management roles became available.

It's a description that fits many in the hockey world.

Actually, the closest to the "limelight" — other than a well-publicized run in with Al Eagleson — Gillis has really been was his star turn in Money Players, a book written prelockout about the high stakes involved with NHL agents and free agency. In an era when goofy contracts became the norm, Gillis was on the players' side for some of the goofiest, including $45-million over five years for Bobby Holik in 2002. (He was bought out three years later.)

Even six years on, Money Players is a good read. For the purposes of learning about Gillis, and his role an agent, there's a great excerpt available online at ESPN that offers an inside look at his negotiating tactics.

Of course, how he performed as an agent and what he'll now do as a GM aren't quite the same thing. Agents have, in my experience, a narrow focus, one that involves talking up their stable of clients to anyone — GMs, agents, media — who'll listen. A lot of it's built on B.S., but there is truth there, and it's that that becomes important in a management role.

The game is no longer about finding the biggest patsy; it's a hunt for bargains in a field full of land mines. (Exhibit A: The $24-million stinker Gillis served former agent Mike Barnett in the form of a 31-year-old Tony Amonte.)

And that's without mentioning the aspects of the job that stray far from free-agent bidding wars: the draft, player development, staff management, etc.

Over the weekend, Gillis spoke to the Vancouver Sun regarding his strategy going into his first off-season in management, something Lowetide today called Moneyball.

Here's Gillis:
"Everything that has happened in Major League Baseball sort of preceded hockey by about 10 years. They went through the wars before we did, went through massive change on the labour front before we did.

"I think people will see more non-conventional management people [in hockey]. I'm hoping to bring that here — a philosophy like that. I don't think this is without precedent."
"Unconventional" already applies given how few times we've seen agents jump right into the hot seat, but the real questions are (a) what, exactly, does he have planned, and (b) will it work?

There's no track record here to judge him on, other than a laundry list of deals he (and his clients) won, and I think Benjamin's right when he says it'll take time to determine if there's any foundation to the dream home being floated out there.

Gillis sold himself to the right people in order to get the job, but what comes next is what'll be truly interesting. Talk here in Toronto regarding the search for a new GM has centred solely on finding an "experienced" candidate, someone who has built a team in the past, but does bringing in a Doug Armstrong-type who has failed elsewhere make any more sense than the Canucks' move?

We've already seen what he can do; Gillis remains a mystery. But not for long. Sports is a pretty monkey-see, monkey-do business, so if the agent-turned-GM becomes a hit, expect others to follow suit.

Even the Maple Leafs.
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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Predators' budget on the rise

“I will be shocked if the Nashville Predators don’t have the biggest increase in payroll — both percentage-wise and in sheer dollars — of any team in the NHL,’’ said David Freeman, who heads the team’s ownership group.
Good news for hockey fans in Nashville.

The Predators' spending fell from about $40-million in 2006-07 under a $44-million cap to approximately $35-million under a $50.3-million cap this season, and while the team made the playoffs, that's a dip that hurts your competitiveness level.

Only three teams spent less than $40-million this season (Nashville, Phoenix and Columbus), and it's a good thing, too: The floor's expected to surpass that figure, $1-million more than the 2005-06 cap, next season.

Nashville has some interesting, and rather challenging, decisions to make in the off-season. How deep into the bidding do you go for an unrestricted free agent like Dan Ellis, who led the NHL in save percentage this season as a 27-year-old rookie? Chris Mason's new nearly-starter-like contract ($3-million a season) kicks in next season, so does he become your guy after a mediocre turn in that role?

I'm not sure it makes sense to have two 'tenders at that price.

Others to be re-signed include Martin Erat, who's emerged as a key cog, UFA Martin Gelinas, and two young defencemen in Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, types that have been commanding huge, long-term dollars around the league lately.

If I'm in the ownership group, however, the first priority would be to ensure GM David Poile sticks around, as I wouldn't be surprised to see his name entered as a candidate for the Maple Leafs' vacancy. He's done a nice job stockpiling young talent for the Predators, and as we've seen elsewhere, it's beginning to get to the point where they have to pay up.

The cap's not going down anytime soon, and they're chasing the floor.
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Kostopoulos's punch


The NHL ruled today that there would not be suspension for Tom Kostopoulos's punch to Kimmo Timonen late in last night's game.
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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Richards's beer shower

Mike Richards had beer dumped on him when he was in the penalty box in the final moments of the third period. I still haven't seen an occurrence of that happening since I've been covering the team. Flyers fans may be intimidating, but respectfully, they don't cross the line.

I had a few emails about the Mike Richards penalty the other night, so I wanted to get this up here. It looks like its very close to a knee-on-knee collision, which as we all know is incredibly dangerous.

It's a tough one to call because he does get his shoulder into him.
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Friday, April 25, 2008

Behind The Goalies

A look at some Behind The Net numbers from the regular season for the eight starters still in play:

Goals against, 5-on-5

NAME TM GP GAON GA/60
1 MARC-ANDRE FLEURY PIT 35 41 1.83
2 HENRIK LUNDQVIST NYR 72 98 1.85
3 CHRIS OSGOOD DET 43 57 1.91
4 EVGENI NABOKOV S.J 77 109 1.93
5 MARTY TURCO DAL 62 91 2.05
6 CAREY PRICE MTL 41 64 2.20
7 JOSE THEODORE COL 53 86 2.23
8 MARTIN BIRON PHI 62 96 2.27

Goal support, 5-on-5

NAME TM GP GFON GF/60
1 MARC-ANDRE FLEURY PIT 35 59 2.64
2 CHRIS OSGOOD DET 43 77 2.58
3 JOSE THEODORE COL 53 93 2.41
4 MARTY TURCO DAL 62 107 2.41
5 CAREY PRICE MTL 41 69 2.37
6 MARTIN BIRON PHI 62 96 2.27
7 EVGENI NABOKOV S.J 77 126 2.24
8 HENRIK LUNDQVIST NYR 72 118 2.23

Save percentage, 5-on-5

NAME TM GP SA/60 SV%
1 MARC-ANDRE FLEURY PIT 35 27.9 0.934
2 CAREY PRICE MTL 41 29.0 0.924
3 MARTIN BIRON PHI 62 29.5 0.923
4 HENRIK LUNDQVIST NYR 72 22.7 0.919
5 CHRIS OSGOOD DET 43 22.3 0.914
6 JOSE THEODORE COL 53 25.2 0.912
7 MARTY TURCO DAL 62 23.1 0.911
8 EVGENI NABOKOV S.J 77 21.5 0.910

Goals against, penalty kill

NAME GAON/60
1 CHRIS OSGOOD 4.23
2 MARTY TURCO 4.64
3 EVGENI NABOKOV 4.68
4 HENRIK LUNDQVIST 5.23
5 MARTIN BIRON 5.75
6 JOSE THEODORE 5.79
7 MARC-ANDRE FLEURY 6.55
8 CAREY PRICE 6.60

Save percentage, penalty kill

NAME SA/60 SV%
1 CHRIS OSGOOD 36.2 0.883
2 EVGENI NABOKOV 38.0 0.877
3 MARTY TURCO 36.3 0.872
4 CAREY PRICE 49.1 0.866
5 HENRIK LUNDQVIST 37.9 0.862
6 MARTIN BIRON 39.1 0.853
7 JOSE THEODORE 38.3 0.849
8 MARC-ANDRE FLEURY 41.2 0.841

It's Friday night, so I'm afraid I don't have any comments but a lot of the numbers are self-explanatory.
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On the air

A note that I'll be on the radio tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 in Montreal, Boston and on satellite as part of the FASTHockey Show hosted by James Murphy.

• XM Home Ice 204: Saturday, 2-4 pm ET; Sunday, 7-9am ET
• The Team 990 Montreal: Saturday, 2-4pm ET
• 1510 The Zone Boston: Saturday, 2-4pm ET
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Blue Jackets owner dies

John H. McConnell, son of a steelworker, father to a new branch of the steel industry and majority owner of the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team, died today after a long illness.
Condolences to the McConnells.

If you haven't seen it before, take the time to read John McConnell's story, as it's a great one. I'm sure he'll be missed in central Ohio.
  • The Dispatch also had a good Q&A with him in preseason
UPDATE National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today made the following statement on the passing of Columbus Blue Jackets owner John H. McConnell:

"There is an NHL team, and a terrific arena, in Columbus because of John McConnell. He loved the city, the Blue Jackets and the fans. He will always be remembered for his generosity and civic-mindedness. John was greatly respected and made a lasting contribution to the NHL. The entire NHL grieves his passing. Our condolences to John's family and to the Blue Jackets' organization."
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'We're big in Edmonton'

I posted some basic traffic figures for U.S. visitors the other day, and a few people asked about Canadian traffic.

The best I've got is sorted by area code (April, 2008):


Telephone Area Code

1 416 (S Cent. Ontario: Toronto) 21.40%
2 780 (Northern Alberta, north of Lacombe) 14.67%
3 604 (British Columbia: Greater Vancouver) 13.57%
4 514 (SW Quebec: Montreal city) 8.65%
5 403 (Southern Alberta) 8.47%
6 905 (S Cent. Ontario: Greater Toronto Area) 7.41%
7 250 (British Columbia) 5.29%
8 613 (SE Ontario: Ottawa) 4.46%
9 519 (SW Ontario: Windsor) 3.79%
10 306 (Saskatchewan) 3.28%
11 902 (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island) 3.04%
12 506 (New Brunswick) 1.71%
13 204 (Manitoba) 1.29%
14 418 (NE Quebec: Quebec) 1.04%
15 705 (NE Ontario: Sault Ste. Marie/N Ontario: N Bay, Sudbury) 0.97%
16 867 (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut) 0.40%
17 807 (W Ontario: Thunder Bay region to Manitoba border) 0.32%
18 450 (Southeastern Quebec) 0.22%
19 709 (Newfoundland and Labrador) 0.03%

I've got to write about Dan Cleary, Ryane Clowe and Mike Ryder a bit more, I think.
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Ending the drought

There was a good post on the HFBoards today that talked about the seven teams that haven't made the postseason since the lockout. They are:

Chicago
Columbus
Florida
Los Angeles
Phoenix
St. Louis
Toronto

Four years is an awful long time to go without the playoffs, and a few of these teams have been waiting longer than that.

The Panthers have one postseason appearance in the past 11 years, and none since 1999-00. Phoenix has missed five seasons in a row. And Columbus has never made it.

The Blackhawks seem to be the team with the best chance of turning things around next year, but the conference remains very tight. Does anyone else foresee these teams breaking the goose egg in 2008-09?


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The AHL marathon

Ryan Potulny’s first goal of the playoffs, 2:58 into the fifth overtime, ended the longest game in American Hockey League history, lifting the Philadelphia Phantoms past the Albany River Rats, 3-2, at the Times Union Center.

Potulny scored on the Phantoms’ 101st shot of the game, beating Rats goaltender Michael Leighton with a 15-foot wrist shot from the slot and ending the game at 12:39 this morning after 142 minutes and 58 seconds. Leighton finished with an AHL-record 98 saves.
It takes an awful lot for the AHL playoffs to get a mention, anywhere, given when they take place, but this certainly qualifies.

This game went from 7:01 p.m. until 12:39 a.m., nearly six hours, and I don't imagine many of the 1,809 in attendance at puck drop were still around.

The shots on goal were reasonable in regulation, Philadelphia 38, Albany 32, but the Phantoms peppered Leighton in the first and second overtimes with 37 shots.

I believe the modern NHL record is 70 saves, made by Ron Tugnutt, but that Kelly Hrudey holds the postseason record with 73.
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The Selke nominees

Between the three of them they scored 94 goals and dished out 138 assists. That's some pretty decent offense for a trio of forwards being recognized for their defensive prowess.

Then again, in Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and John Madden, the three candidates for this year's Frank J. Selke Trophy, given to the League's best defensive forward, you have three of the best two-way players in the game.
Decent choices, but as per my thoughts earlier, Patrick Sharp should have really been considered for this one.

The Hockey News' Ken Campbell has a piece in the magazine's latest issue where he argues that (a) point totals should be a factor in picking the Selke winner, and (b) players like Sami Pahlson, who "kill offence," shouldn't be eligible:
It's time the league diminished the importance of the Selke Trophy and stopped rewarding players for their efforts in trying to shut down players people pay good money to score goals and create entertainment.

To their credit, the members of the PHWA, who choose the winner of the Selke, Have taken it upon themselves to make the award one that actually goes to the best two-way forward in recent years, much the way the Hart Trophy has gone from being awarded to the player most valuable to his team to the best player.
One wonders how Campbell feels about the Vezina, which rewards netminders for shutting down his goal-scoring pals.

Playing good defence against the most difficult opposition in the league is a skill, whether it's a forward or shutdown defenceman doing the checking, and I like the fact the NHL rewards it. Why should every award be for the Ovechkins and Crosbys when hockey is such a complex game, one built just as much around preventing goals by the stars as scoring them.

We're going to ignore a huge segment of the league when it comes to the hardware simply because their skills aren't deemed entertaining enough?

Here's Campbell:
If the league really wants to encourage offence, perhaps it should start by discouting those who try to kill it. I like Samuel Pahlsson as much as the next guy, but he has no business wearing a tuxedo at the annual NHL awards.
If I didn't know better, I'd call this justification for how poor the PHWA selections have been over the years.

I wonder if he voted for Thomas Vanek last year? He was pretty exciting.
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Behind The Numbers

What follows is a comprehensive look at the regular season Behind The Net numbers for the best (and worst) players still in action:

The Producers
On ice, most goals for total, 5-on-5

NAME POS TM GP TOI/60 GFON
1 PAVEL DATSYUK C DET 82 14.33 79
2 NICKLAS LIDSTROM D DET 76 16.87 76
3 EVGENI MALKIN C PIT 82 14.88 76
4 BRIAN CAMPBELL D S.J 83 17.23 75
5 HENRIK ZETTERBERG LW DET 75 14.42 68
6 VACLAV PROSPAL LW PHI 80 15.54 67
7 JOE THORNTON C S.J 82 15.17 66
8 PAUL STASTNY C COL 66 14.26 65
9 BRENDEN MORROW LW DAL 82 14.08 63
10 BRIAN RAFALSKI D DET 73 16.87 62

Opposing coaches, take note: These are the men that can hurt you.


The Liabilities
On ice, most goals against total, 5-on-5

NAME POS TM GP TOI/60 GAON
1 BRAD RICHARDS C DAL 74 15.6 68
2 BRIAN CAMPBELL D S.J 83 17.2 64
3 VACLAV PROSPAL LW PHI 80 15.5 64
4 SCOTT HANNAN D COL 82 18.4 63
5 ANDREI MARKOV D MTL 82 15.8 61
6 RUSLAN SALEI D COL 82 16.9 57
7 JAROSLAV MODRY D PHI 80 15.2 56
8 DANIEL BRIERE C PHI 79 13.2 56
9 EVGENI MALKIN C PIT 82 14.9 55
10 BRAD STUART D DET 72 14.8 53

A lot of transplants on this list. In general, if you're in a position to have been on the ice for a boatload of goals against, your team isn't going very far in the postseason.

But keep in mind that these are all big minute skaters.


Efficient Producers
On ice, most goals for per 60 mins, 5-on-5

NAME POS TM GP TOI/60 GFON/60
1 PAUL STASTNY C COL 66 14.26 4.15
2 PAVEL DATSYUK C DET 82 14.33 4.04
3 SIDNEY CROSBY C PIT 53 14.42 3.92
4 HENRIK ZETTERBERG LW DET 75 14.42 3.77
5 EVGENI MALKIN C PIT 82 14.88 3.74
6 RYAN MALONE LW PIT 77 12.82 3.65
7 ANDREW BRUNETTE LW COL 82 12.3 3.57
8 NICKLAS LIDSTROM D DET 76 16.87 3.56
9 MIKE RIBEIRO C DAL 76 13.79 3.38
10 DAN CLEARY RW DET 63 11.92 3.36


The Liabilities (Part 2)
On ice, most goals against per 60 mins, 5-on-5


NAME POS TM GP TOI/60 GAON/60
1 BRAD RICHARDS C DAL 74 15.63 3.53
2 JOE SAKIC C COL 44 13.71 3.48
3 BRAD WINCHESTER RW DAL 41 7.22 3.45
4 RYAN SMYTH LW COL 55 14.68 3.42
5 DANIEL BRIERE C PHI 79 13.18 3.23
6 SANDIS OZOLINSH D S.J 39 11.61 3.18
7 MARIAN HOSSA RW PIT 72 13.72 3.16
8 PATRICK THORESEN C PHI 38 11.01 3.16
9 VACLAV PROSPAL LW PHI 80 15.54 3.09
10 MARCEL GOC C S.J 51 9.22 3.06
11 BRAD STUART D DET 72 14.78 2.99
12 JOFFREY LUPUL RW PHI 56 12.71 2.95
13 MARK STREIT D MTL 81 11.32 2.88
14 MIKE MODANO C DAL 82 12.73 2.87
15 ANDREW BRUNETTE LW COL 82 12.3 2.86
16 MATHIEU DANDENAULT D MTL 61 9.97 2.86
17 ANDREI MARKOV D MTL 82 15.75 2.83
18 SERGEI ZUBOV D DAL 46 17.01 2.76
19 JAROSLAV MODRY D PHI 80 15.2 2.76
20 RYAN MALONE LW PIT 77 12.82 2.73


Shutdown Specials
On ice, fewest goals against per 60 mins, 5-on-5

NAME POS TM GP TOI/60 QCMP GAON/60
1 JOHAN FRANZEN RW DET 72 12.56 0.05 1.33
2 MIKAEL SAMUELSSON RW DET 73 12.87 0.04 1.34
3 CHRIS CHELIOS D DET 69 12.38 -0.09 1.47
4 DOUGLAS MURRAY D S.J 66 14.51 0 1.5
5 JONATHAN CHEECHOO RW S.J 69 12.75 -0.01 1.5
6 NIKLAS KRONVALL D DET 65 14.89 0.02 1.55
7 VALTTERI FILPPULA C DET 78 13.04 0 1.59
8 NICKLAS LIDSTROM D DET 76 16.87 0.16 1.64
9 MILAN MICHALEK RW S.J 79 13.64 -0.03 1.67
10 KURT SAUER D COL 54 15.03 0.12 1.7


Big Minute Men
Strength of comp, 5-on-5

NAME POS TM GP TOI/60 QCMP
1 NICKLAS LIDSTROM D DET 76 16.87 0.16
2 ADAM FOOTE D COL 75 17.28 0.15
3 HENRIK ZETTERBERG LW DET 75 14.42 0.13
4 BRETT CLARK D COL 57 16.12 0.13
5 KURT SAUER D COL 54 15.03 0.12
6 BRIAN RAFALSKI D DET 73 16.87 0.09
7 PAVEL DATSYUK C DET 82 14.33 0.09
8 TOMAS HOLMSTROM LW DET 59 12.99 0.09
9 STEVE OTT C DAL 73 11.77 0.09
10 VACLAV PROSPAL LW PHI 80 15.54 0.09
11 SERGEI GONCHAR D PIT 78 15.52 0.08
12 MICHAEL KOMISAREK D MTL 75 16.73 0.08
13 ANDREI MARKOV D MTL 82 15.75 0.08
14 MIKE MODANO C DAL 82 12.73 0.08
15 BRYAN SMOLINSKI C MTL 64 10.36 0.07
16 JOE SAKIC C COL 44 13.71 0.07
17 BRAD RICHARDS C DAL 74 15.63 0.07


Power Players
Points per 60 mins, 5-on-4

NAME POS TM GP TOI/60 PTS/60
1 ALEX KOVALEV RW MTL 82 3.81 8.07
2 JERE LEHTINEN RW DAL 48 3.16 6.72
3 T.J. HENSICK C COL 31 1.84 6.31
4 PAVEL DATSYUK C DET 82 3.95 5.74
5 R.J. UMBERGER C PHI 74 1.7 5.74
6 SAKU KOIVU C MTL 77 3.17 5.66
7 TOMAS PLEKANEC LW MTL 81 3.38 5.47
8 SERGEI GONCHAR D PIT 78 5.47 5.34
9 JOFFREY LUPUL RW PHI 56 3.42 5.32
10 HENRIK ZETTERBERG LW DET 75 4.15 5.2
11 JEFF CARTER C PHI 82 2.4 5.19
12 EVGENI MALKIN C PIT 82 4.85 5.13
13 DANIEL BRIERE C PHI 79 4.45 5.12
14 CHRIS DRURY C NYR 82 3.59 5.1
15 MIKE RIBEIRO C DAL 76 3.93 5.03
16 SIDNEY CROSBY C PIT 53 4.96 5.02
17 JOHAN FRANZEN RW DET 72 2.51 4.98
18 CHRIS HIGGINS LW MTL 82 3.1 4.96
19 MARK STREIT D MTL 81 4.66 4.93
20 JOE SAKIC C COL 44 5.03 4.88


Power Players (Part 2)
On ice, most goals for per 60 mins, 5-on-4

NAME POS TM GP TOI/60 PTS/60 GFON/60
1 MARK STREIT D MTL 81 4.66 4.93 10.01
2 JERE LEHTINEN RW DAL 48 3.16 6.72 9.88
3 ALEX KOVALEV RW MTL 82 3.81 8.07 9.61
4 ANDREI MARKOV D MTL 82 4.8 4.42 9.6
5 JOHAN FRANZEN RW DET 72 2.51 4.98 8.62
6 TOMAS PLEKANEC LW MTL 81 3.38 5.47 8.54
7 PETR SYKORA RW PIT 81 3.74 4.76 8.52
8 MICHAEL RYDER RW MTL 70 1.93 4 8.45
9 SAKU KOIVU C MTL 77 3.17 5.66 8.36
10 PAVEL DATSYUK C DET 82 3.95 5.74 8.34
11 RYAN MALONE LW PIT 77 3 3.89 8.31
12 MIKE RICHARDS C PHI 73 4.42 4.46 8.18
13 MIKE KNUBLE RW PHI 82 4.18 4.38 8.06
14 ANDREI KOSTITSYN RW MTL 78 2.98 3.87 7.99
15 HENRIK ZETTERBERG LW DET 75 4.15 5.2 7.9
16 BRAYDON COBURN D PHI 78 2.35 4.26 7.86
17 NICKLAS LIDSTROM D DET 76 4.24 4.47 7.83
18 JOFFREY LUPUL RW PHI 56 3.42 5.32 7.82
19 DANIEL BRIERE C PHI 79 4.45 5.12 7.67
20 SCOTT HARTNELL RW PHI 80 2.35 3.51 7.66


No-Goalovs
On ice, fewest goals for per 60 mins, 5-on-4

NAME POS TM GP TOI/60 GFON/60
1 CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF D S.J 77 2.22 2.46
2 DEVIN SETOGUCHI RW S.J 44 2.21 3.08
3 GARY ROBERTS LW PIT 38 2.26 3.5
4 MAREK SVATOS RW COL 62 2.42 3.6
5 BRANDON DUBINSKY C NYR 82 2.4 3.66
6 MATT NISKANEN D DAL 78 2.17 4.25
7 RYAN SMYTH LW COL 55 3.75 4.36
8 JORDAN STAAL C PIT 82 1.5 4.39
9 NIKLAS HAGMAN LW DAL 82 2.27 4.52
10 VALTTERI FILPPULA C DET 78 1.79 4.74
11 MATT CARLE D S.J 62 3.01 4.82
12 BRETT CLARK D COL 57 3.15 5.01
13 WOJTEK WOLSKI LW COL 77 2.02 5.02
14 MILAN HEJDUK RW COL 77 3.51 5.11
15 ANTTI MIETTINEN RW DAL 69 2.5 5.21
16 PAUL MARA D NYR 61 2.26 5.23
17 JAROMIR JAGR RW NYR 82 3.77 5.24
18 DAN GIRARDI D NYR 82 2.79 5.24
19 DARRYL SYDOR D PIT 74 2.13 5.33
20 FEDOR TYUTIN D NYR 82 2.19 5.34

If there's a demand for figures for goalies, I can put those together.
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