Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Statisfaction: The King's Milestone, Gallagher in the Paint

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. King Henrik Plays 630th Game in Ranger Blue:

Rangers' G Henrik Lundqvist is the second-longest tenured goalie in NHL history when it comes to playing with one team. That's something a lot of Ranger fans feel good about, no doubt! (extra point to NHLPR for spelling Richter wrong in the below tweet. They must be Isles fans)

2. Per NHL, shootouts WAY DOWN this season:

Okay, well, Erik Karlsson and a few other guys might not like 3-on-3 hockey, but 15 less shootouts over the first 180 games compared to last season works for us:

3. Oscar who?

Ladies and gentlemen, the NHL's leading rookie goal scorer is not named McDavid or Eichel or Domi or Larkin. It's Oscar Lindberg. Here are the Top-10 rookies, in terms of goals scored:

4. For a little guy, Brendan Gallagher gets dirty quite often:

According to War-on-Ice, Brendan Gallagher has the most "High-Danger" scoring opportunities in the NHL (basically, chances in the paint (or near)). He's actually tied with Patrick Marleau in the category. It's an interesting stat that we've just started to tap into. Here are the Top five in the category, with minimum 86 minutes ice time (the far right column, labeled iHSC for "individual high-danger scoring chances," is the number you want):

5. New York can't get any calls:

Strange but true: The Rangers and Islanders are tied for the lowest in the NHL in power play opportunities. Each has just 29 on the season. Montreal has the most with 50. The most penalized teams in the NHL are the Flyers and Sens, who have each been shorthanded 48 times.