Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Statisfaction: Faceoff Troubles for Columbus, Bruins Outscoring Habs

Each day (ideally) at Statisfaction, we'll throw five stats at the wall to see if they stick. Here's today's five on the fly:

1. Faceoffs a problem in Columbus' end:

The Blue Jackets are the NHL's worst at winning faceoffs in their own zone. This could go a long way to explaining why Columbus is the league's worst possession team (40.8 CF%) by a longshot.

Here are the NHL's five worst possession teams (even strength) using CF% as the guide, here:

Glossary: CF% = The percentage of on-ice shot attempts (on goal, missed, or blocked) taken by a team.

2. Montreal is Scoring. A lot:

The Habs lead the NHL in even strength goals with 36, are second in the NHL in PP goals with 11 and are tied for the NHL lead with 3 shorties.

Montreal also leads the league in 1st-period goals (14), 2nd-period goals (19) and 3rd-period goals (17).

That's a drastic turnaround for a team that was 20th in the NHL last season with a total of 214 goals. Their current pace would net them over 350 goals! Last year's NHL leader was Tampa with 259.

3. Power to Boston:

Believe it or not, one NHL team has done better than the Habs on a per-game scoring basis. The B's are tops in the NHL, averaging 3.9 goals a game in their first ten.

The Bruins' prolific scoring is due largely in part to their ridiculously good power play, which has potted 12 goals in 34 attempts. Here are the NHL's top five PPs right now:

4. Home cooking:

Montreal (5-0-0) is the only remaining unbeaten team at home. They've scored 20 goals at home and allowed just five. That's unreal. Columbus (0-5-0) is the only team yet to have notched a W at home.

Anaheim has had all kinds of problems in all kinds of areas this season. One of those many problems is the Ducks inability to get anything going on the road. They are the NHL's last winless team on the road at 0-5-1.

5. Streakers:

With Los Angeles seeing their seven-game win streak snapped in Chicago last night, Pittsburgh and Boston take the mantel of the NHL's hottest team. Both have won four in row. The Flyers are the NHL's coldest team after dropping a road game in Vancouver last night. They've lost four in a row.