Sunday, November 15, 2015

Statisfaction: Mountain to Climb for Four NHL Teams



1. Teams four or more points out of playoff spot on Nov. 1:

According to Elliote Friedman of Sportsnet, teams that are four or more points out of a playoff spot on Nov. 1 have made the playoffs on only 5 of 44 occasions since 2006-2006. A little late on this, but thought it would be nice to track the progress of this year's six teams. Which ones do you think will make it?

Anaheim
Buffalo
Calgary
Colorado
Columbus
Toronto

2. Vancouver's fortunes in close games have turned this season:

Only the Anaheim Ducks (33-1-7) were better than the Canucks (22-4-5) in one-goal games last season. It’s been a different story this year. Vancouver has eleven games, ten of them by one goal. Five times already have the Canucks (7-6-5) lost in overtime. (Source: Elliote Friedman's 30 Thoughts)

3. Leon Draisaitl is the NHL's point-per-60 mins leader at even strength

The 20-year-old German is riding a three-game points streak and has picked up six games in the Oilers' last three. In eight games he has already eclipsed his 2014-15 total (9 points in 37 games).

Here's the top 5 Points-Per-60 min players at even strength (min 120 mins played):



Note: Draisaitl leads the NHL in PP60 in all phases with 5.13 per 60 minutes of hockey. Tyler Seguin (4.44), Patrick Kane (4.31)and Jamie Benn (4.17) are the next three on the list.

4. Avs' MacKinnon fastest two goals by one player in 14 years:





5. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times:

The Bruins still lead the NHL in power play percentage (33.3), but they are dead last in the penalty kill (71.7). Interesting dichotomy there for the B's.