Saturday, October 15, 2016

Five on the Fly: Chicago PK Woes, McDavid's Latest Milestone

Welcome to Five on the Fly, TSP's daily hit of relevant NHL stats:

1. Hawks' PP off to a Slow Start

PK Subban (pictured above) had a good time with the Chicago penalty kill on Friday, but the Hawks themselves are not having any fun at all. The Blackhawks have allowed six ppg in 11 shorthanded situations in their first two games, losses to St. Louis and Nashville. That puts them worst in the league among teams that have been shorthanded more than once:

The good news? The Hawks have scored three and allowed zero even strength goals. Kinda weird, but it's early.

2. Four Teams have more than two power play goals so far this season

Good starts on the power play for St. Louis, Edmonton, Nashville and Tampa, but only one of the four has given up two shorthanded goals. That would be Edmonton...

3. Connor McDavid keeps proving that he's better than Wayne Gretzky

I mean, can we just end the debate? Just kidding everybody. But seriously, another impressive start for the 19-year-old McDavid, who has six points in two games and is the first Edmonton Player to start a season with back-to-back three-point games.

He's also the first Edmonton player to register six points in his first two games of the season since ole what's-his-name did it in 1987.

4. Edmonton Wins the games, Calgary wins the even-strength Corsi

So the fancy stats tell us that Calgary is controlling the puck, but it must be Kris Russell's magic that has lead the Oil to wins in both games over Calgary. Here's the proof:

5. Hossa going for 500th goal

The 37-year-old has two assists on the season but has yet to register his 500th career goal. When he does he will become the fourth active player to crack the 500-goal plateau. Here's the top 10 active goal scorers in the NHL at the moment: