Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Five on the Fly: NHL Teams Adapting to 3-on-3, but OT Still Deciding Games
Every day, TSP will break down five random stats that might be of interest to you. Here's today's stipend: 1. Shootouts Not Really on the Rise: The NHL has seen 35 games go to a shootout this year in 416 games, and that's good news compared to last year. But more than half of those shootouts (17) have occurred in the last 23 days. NHL coaches are adapting. Just last night we saw Barry Trotz start a shootout with two Capitals defensemen on the ice to counter Detroit in 3-on-3. The Islanders and many other teams are doing the same thing. And they are adapting in other ways as well. Line changes are happening sooner, and teams are generally playing things a bit more cautiously. But upon further inspection, the number of shootouts compared to games decided in overtime (66 games decided in OT vs. 35 decided by shootout) hasn't really changed from where we were after the first three weeks of the season (18 decided in OT and 9 decided in shootout (throught Oct. 28). Overall 15.9 percent of 3-on-3 OT games are ending with a goal, compared to 11.1 percent in 4-on-4 last season. Source: Puck Daddy 2. Justin Faulk a PP Maven: Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk has now scored 11 power play goals this season to lead all NHL players in that category: Today NHL.com ran some amazing stats about Faull's PP prowess: Faulk is the first player to score 11 consecutive power-play goals in a season since Anaheim's Teemu Selanne scored 13 straight goals on the man-advantage from Oct. 25 – Dec. 3, 2008. Faulk is also the first defenseman to score 11 power-play goals in a season for the Hurricanes since the franchise relocated to Carolina in 1997-98. Only one defenseman has accomplished the feat for the Hurricanes/Whalers franchise: Risto Siltanen – 12 PPG (75 GP in 1983-84). 3. Tiebreakers, Late: Patrick Sharp's goal at 19:41 of the third lifted Dallas to a 6-5 win over the Hurricanes on Tuesday. Sharp is one of six players to have scored a go-ahead goal in the final minute of an NHL game this season and all six have ended up being the eventual game-winner. Here are all six: 19:51 – Michael Frolik (CGY) on Oct. 31 at EDM 19:43 – Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF) on Nov. 7 vs. VAN 19:43 – Justin Faulk (CAR) on Dec. 6 vs. ARI 19:41 – Patrick Sharp (DAL) on Dec. 8 vs. CAR 19:39 – Aaron Ekblad (FLA) on Nov. 16 vs. TB 19:06 – Mats Zuccarello (NYR) on Nov. 15 vs. TOR 4. A pair of 19-year-olds racking up points: When it comes to one of our favorite metrics (points per 60 minutes), we once again see Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl topping the list. He's joined by another 19-year-old in the top 3--Detroit's Dylan Larkin. We selected a minimum of 240 minutes ice time and were impressed by how well Draisaitl and Larkin are performing in this metric. From the looks of things, Larkin might keep it up. Will Draisaitl? Here are the Top seven in the category, per War-on-Ice: 5. Streakers: After Tuesday's shootout victory over the Wings at Verizon Center, Washington has now grabbed points in eight straight games. They've won five straight at home and are off to their best 26-game start to a season in Franchise history at 19-5-2. But the NHL's longest current point streak by a team belongs to the Wings. Detroit has gone 7-0-4 in its last eleven. Detroit has gone to OT in nine of those eleven games, going 1-1 in shootouts and 4-3 in OT. In case you've been hiding under a rock, Patrick Kane's point streak still lives at 23 games. With his empty-netter vs. Nashville last night Kane became the second player from any team to register a point streak of 23 or more games since the 1992-93 season. The only other player to accomplish the feat in that span is Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, who had a point in 25 consecutive games from Nov. 5 – Dec. 28, 2010 (26-24-50).