Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Statisfaction: Laine's Splits, Flyers Scorching and More

Statisfaction counts down, adds up and trips out over the numbers after each night of NHL action. Here's the December 7th addition...

1. Laine: Leading the NHL, but only three goals on the road

So, is it matchups? Is it energy? For whatever reason, 18-year-old rookie Phenom Patrik Laine has scored 14 of his 17 goals at home this season. Not to worry, he's atop the NHL leaderboard, and anyway you slice it Laine has been a true godsend in Winnipeg.

Imagine if he had a few more goals on the road though?

2. Flyers win sixth in a row

Are the Flyers the real deal in the Eastern Conference? There were a lot of goaltending and defensive worries early in the season, and those worries have come to roost in the form of an NHL-worst 87 goals allowed. But you know what? It's not slowing the Flyers down all that much. Jakub Voracek's OT winner gives Philly win No.6 in a row. Even better is the fact that the Flyers have allowed two or less goals in each of their last five games.

And they have that loving feeling:

3. Devils are the comeback kids:

New Jersey is the only team to have a better than .500 record when trailing after two periods. Pretty remarkable when you think about it. The Devils have gone 5-4-2 in games where they have entered the third period trailing. There are six NHL teams that have zero regulation wins when trailing after two. Nashville and Detroit are the only two teams that have not even mustered a point when entering the third behind.

4. Jagr's even strength Corsi among NHL's best:

We've heard a lot of talk about Jaromir Jagr hitting a wall this season in Florida. But if his Corsi is any indication (below chart is even strength, min. 300 minutes ice time), Jags is doing just fine, thank you.

As far as conventional stats go, the 44-year-old has two goals in his last five games and is 5-8-13 overall, with a shooting percentage of 7.9%, compared to 18.9% last season.

5. Antoine Vermette has been a face-off demon in Anaheim

The 34-year-old 14-year NHL vet has learned a thing about the art of the draw in his day. This year in Anaheim he's winning 66 percent of them across the board--even, shorthanded and on the power play.

That's something every NHL team would like to have as a Christmas gift. Face-offs, the ultimate stocking stuffer.