Sunday, June 01, 2008

The 2007-08 Red Wings
A dominant playoff performance

Unfortunately, NHL.com's statistics engine doesn't provide figures any further back than 2000-01, as with all of the postseason data available, I'm sure this year's edition of the Red Wings would stack up pretty well.

In the 30-team era alone, seven postseasons from 2001 till now, Detroit's turn has been one of the most dominant performances we've seen.

Of the 112 teams to appear in the playoffs since 2000-01, they're second in win percentage (75%), third in goals per game (3.30), sixth in goals against average (1.75), first in goal differential (1.55), third in 5-on-5 goal differential (1.65), and are miles ahead of the next recent Stanley Cup winner in shot differential after outshooting their opponents by an average of 12.5 shots per game.

The numbers are pretty impressive — and Detroit's managed to somehow better its regular season numbers in all of the above categories.

Win percentage
RK Team Season GP W L W%
1 ANA 2006-07 21 16 5 76.2%
2 DET 2007-08 20 15 5 75.0%
3 PIT 2007-08 18 13 5 72.2%
4 ANA 2002-03 21 15 6 71.4%
5 DET 2001-02 23 16 7 69.6%
6 COL 2000-01 23 16 7 69.6%
7 TBL 2003-04 23 16 7 69.6%
8 NJD 2002-03 24 16 8 66.7%
9 OTT 2006-07 20 13 7 65.0%
10 CAR 2005-06 25 16 9 64.0%

Goal differential
RK Team Season G/G GA/G Gdif
1 DET 2007-08 3.30 1.75 1.55
2 COL 2000-01 3.00 1.70 1.30
3 DET 2001-02 3.09 2.04 1.05
4 PIT 2007-08 3.06 2.06 1.00
5 OTT 2001-02 2.42 1.42 1.00
6 NJD 2002-03 2.58 1.71 0.87
7 DAL 2002-03 2.83 2.00 0.83
8 DET 2006-07 2.67 1.94 0.73
9 NYR 2006-07 3.00 2.30 0.70
10 OTT 2005-06 3.60 2.90 0.70

5-on-5 goal differential
RK Team Season GP W L Gdif 5-5 F/A
1 COL 2002-03 7 3 4 0.14 1.71
2 ANA 2005-06 16 9 7 0.63 1.67
3 DET 2007-08 20 15 5 1.55 1.65
4 OTT 2001-02 12 7 5 1.00 1.55
5 OTT 2000-01 4 0 4 -1.75 1.55
6 NJD 2002-03 24 16 8 0.87 1.50
7 NJD 2005-06 9 5 4 0.67 1.50
8 BUF 2000-01 13 7 6 0.61 1.47
9 PHI 2002-03 13 6 7 0.16 1.47
10 BUF 2006-07 16 9 7 0.31 1.45

Shot differential (compared to Cup winners since 2001)
RK Team Season GP W L S/G SA/G Shdif
1 DET 2007-08 20 15 5 35.8 23.3 12.5
2 DET 2001-02 23 16 7 29.9 24.6 5.3
3 ANA 2006-07 21 16 5 30.5 27.6 2.9
4 NJD 2002-03 24 16 8 28.6 26.2 2.4
5 CAR 2005-06 25 16 9 28.8 27.0 1.8
6 TBL 2003-04 23 16 7 26.2 26.8 -0.6
7 COL 2000-01 23 16 7 26.3 27.0 -0.7

Another category the 2008 Red Wings are ahead of the past six Cup winners is on faceoffs, with a 54.4% win percentage. Next best is the Colorado club of 2001 at 53.1%.

The goal differential figure alone is incredible, and may stack up against some of the top performing playoff teams in the past 20 years.

If anyone has those figures, let me know.
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2 Comments:

At 8:39 AM, June 02, 2008, Blogger Rae Carruth's Trunk said...

I can't recall any of those numbers off the top of my head, I can tell you that the 97 Wings went 16-4 through the playoffs. Two sweeps and two six gamers.

 
At 10:32 AM, June 02, 2008, Blogger Sean said...

If your including last 19 years, then I think Detroit has the best goal differential. Oilers in 1988 had to have been the most dominant last 20 years. 16-2 (88.9% winning percentage), outscoring opponents 84-53 (GD 1.72). Thats a long time ago now - different game and way less teams. IMO Detroit took their foot off the gas for 2 games vs Nashville and Dallas. Otherwise we could be talking most dominant all time.

 

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