Thursday, January 5, 2017

Statisfaction: Rookies Dominant, Jackets Closing in on History

Each day, Statisfaction throws five stats at you. Some of them stick, some of them don't.

1. Rookies among NHL's best scorers:

Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews are making this NHL season one to remember. Will we have two rookies potting 40 goals when it is all said and done?

2. Rookie also holding up possession-wise

How about the Matthew Tkachuk line? The 18-year-old not only has 23 points, he's also a plus-10 relative Corsi for the Flames this season. His line and Auston Matthews line are No.2 and No.3 in 5-on-5 Corsi percentage, per Corsica.

3. Buffalo is getting its chances

According to Corsi, the Sabres (14-15-8) are the fourth-best team at generating scoring chances at 5-on-5. Yet somehow they are 28th in the league with just 52 5-on-5 goals. They have only allowed 57 5-on-5 goals, which is 7th-best in the NHL.

4. Caps shorthanded a lot, but still holding their own
Since December 1, no team has been shorthanded more than the Capitals. That's not such a big problem when you are killing at a plus-90 percent rate. The Caps are doing that, and because of it, their penalty kill is now ranked 3rd in the NHL (86.4 percent).

5. Last but not least, the Jackets are going for history tonight

The Columbus Blue Jackets, winners of 16 games in a row, will bid to tie the all-time NHL record when they meet the Caps tonight at the Verizon Center. For the record, Columbus already has the second-longest winning streak in NHL history. They passed the Pens and the Isles for second when they defeated Edmonton on Tuesday.