Friday, February 12, 2016

Statisfaction: McDavid Putting up Crazy Numbers

How good has Connor McDavid been since his return from a broken clavicle? Really good...

1. McDavid tied for league lead in scoring since returning:

The 19-year-old rookie pumped in five points last night, giving him 12 points in six games since his return to action on February 2. Here are the top five scorers in the NHL since that day:

If you want to look at McDavid on a points per 60 minute basis, his numbers are even more impressive. He's averaging nearly 30 percent more points per 60 minuntes than Kane (small sample size, but still). Among players with 200 or more minutes of ice time this season, the rookie is far and away the most prolific on a per-60-minute basis (also note that three of the top six on this list are rookies):

Here are the even strength points per 60 #'s (min 200 minutes ice time, click the image to enlarge):

And here are the all phases points per 60 #'s (min 200 minutes ice time, click the image to enlarge). Note that Kane is the only player averaging over 4 points per 60 in the NHL.

2. Rangers Hot Despite PP Woes:

The New York Rangers are getting things going in February. They are winners of their last four to solidify their second place position in the Metropolitan Division, and they've done it without key players--Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash. But the PP isn't helping. New York has gone 0 for its last 15 on the power play, a spell that dates back five games. The Blueshirts have done quite well this season when one considers how innefective their special teams have been statistically.

They rank 28th in power play percentage (here are the bottom five):

And they're 24th on the PK with a 78.4 percent kill rate.

Either the Rangers are a team with big problems, or they are a team with big upside if they can ever get their special teams up to average efficiency.

3. Ovi Takes over the NHL Lead in Goals:

No surprise here. Alexander Ovechkin pours in three goals to pass Patrick Kane for the NHL lead in goals with 34 (to Kane's 33). It's what the great 8 does. Since he came into the league, nobody is even close to Ovi in terms of goals scored.

Here are the top five goal scorers since Ovechkin's career began:

Ovechkin, who passed Jean Beliveau to move into 39th on the NHL's all-time goal scoring lead, has led the league in goals for the last four seasons, and six overall. Will he do it again this year?