Friday, December 4, 2015

Five on the Fly: Kane's Torrid Pace, Holtby Dominates Habs

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

1. More on Kane's Torrid Pace:

Patrick Kane's streak hit 21 consecutive games with points scored on Thursday as he tallied a goal and two assists in a 4-3 OT loss at Ottawa. The 21 games ties Bobby Hull for the franchise record (it had stood for 44 years of Blackhawk hockey), but Kane's numbers on a per-game basis might even be more impressive than the streak.

Clearly Kane is enjoying his new linemates, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov. The Buffalo native is producing points at more than 50 percent above his career average of .99 points per game. This year, he's averaging 1.56 points per game. His .96 assists per game are also way up from his average of .63 assists per game career.

Kane is currently on a pace for 129 points. Can he keep it up in today's stingy NHL, where goals are so difficult to produce?

IF Kane does keep it up, he'd end up with the highest single-season points total since Mario Lemieux registered 161 points in the 1995-1996 season (in 70 games--yikes!). Note: Jaromir Jagr also had 149 points in that same season.

2. Speaking of Domination:

If domination is your thing (don't lie), then last night was a fun one for you, especially if you're a Dallas fan. The Stars thumped Vancouver 4-2 at Rogers Arena to win for the tenth consecutive time against the Canucks. The Stars have now outscored Vancouver 40-17 in a 10-game streak that began on April 19 of 2013.

3. Holtby Continues Personal Assault on the Habs

Braden Holtby is the hottest goalie in the NHL, and he's also the Canadiens own personal misery inflicter. Holtby has never lost in regulation against Montreal, and last night he absolutely stole one at the Bell Centre to keep his perfect record in regulation intact against the NHL's most storied franchise.

Holtby's numbers against Montreal are mind-blowing. He's 7-0-2 with a .949 save percentage and a 1.40 GAA in 557 minutes. Wow.

Holtby is also currently in possession of the longest winning streak by a Caps' goalie in six years:

Again, wow.

4. Larkin's a big plus:

Rookie Dylan Larkin took over the NHL's plus-minus lead with a plus-3 in Thursday's win over Arizona. Yeah, knock the merits of plus-minus all you want, but we dare you not to be impressed with the fact that Larkin is a plus-17 on a team that is a plus-1 overall this season.

5. Best and Worst 3rd Period Teams:

The Canadiens and Stars are a plus-19 and plus-14 respectively in the third period this year, all phases. It's a very general stat, but it's telling. What is also telling is that Calgary is an NHL-worst minus-16 in the third this year. The Flames were an NHL-best plus-31 in the third last season.