Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Five on the Fly: Kane Still Flying High, Larkin Hanging with the Big Boys

Every day, TSP will break down five random stats that might be of interest to you. Here's today's stipend:

1. Dylan Larkin is tied for the league-lead in even strength goals

What do Dylan Larkin, Vladimir Tarasenko, Joe Pavelski and Tyler Seguin have in common? Well, only one of them has a shot at rookie of the year, so it's not that. Larkin is actually tied for the NHL lead in even-strength goals with 10. Remarkable achievement for a 19-year-old who was playing in the Big Ten last season.

Here are the Top nine even-strength goal scorers in the NHL this season thus far: (source: Hockey

2. Bruins PP still clicking

Did you know that if the Boston Bruins maintain their current power play production rate for the rest of the season they'd end up with the best power play in NHL history? The Bruins are currently clicking at a 32.4 percent rate, which is more than five percent better than the league's next-best power play (Washington, 26.8).

The NHL's best ever power play percentage was turned in by the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens, who fired at 31.88%.

Can the Bruins keep it up? Other teams are making adjustments to ensure that they do not.

3. Drought in Philly

The Flyers are the only NHL team averaging less than two goals per game. Despite a three-game winning streak that has seen the Broad Street Bullies score ten goals in three games, the Flyers are still averaging only 1.92 goals per game this season. Claude Giroux (8), Wayne Simmonds (6) and Brayden Schenn (6) are the only Flyers to have notched more than five markers. Jakub Voracek, last season's breakout performer with 22 goals, currently only has 1 to go with his 12 assists.

Here are the bottom five teams in terms of goals scored per game:

4. Kane Still Going Strong

Patrick Kane extended his league-leading and career-best points streak to 20 last night with a goal in Minnesota. Kane is now just one of four players to have registered a points-scored streak of 20 or more games in the last 18 games.

Here are the other three:

5. Braden Holtby has Been Washington's Best Player (and that's saying a lot):

Braden Holtby leads the NHL in Goals Against Average (1.95) and Wins (15). Holtby is currently the only NHL goalie to be allowing less than two goals per game. Last year Carey Price (1.96) was that player. Holtby is also 10-0 when leading after the second period, and 10-0 when playing on one day's rest. Holtby has been good everywhere he plays, but he's most stingy at home, going 10-2 with a 1.84 GAA and a 9.83 GAA.