Friday, May 5, 2017

Statisfaction: Guentzel Takes Aim on Pens Rookie Record



Welcome to Statisfaction, your daily dose of NHL-related numbers and factoids. Today we'll begin with the Jake Guentzel's historical rookie playoff season.

1. Jake Guentzel is on fire

Pittburgh's Jake Guentzel's 8 goals lead all skaters in the playoffs, and the rookie is closing in on the Penguins all-time playoff record for points in a playoff year. He has 12 now, which leaves him one shy of Jaromir Jagr's record of 13, which was set in 1991 (Mario Lemieux did not reach the playoffs in his rookie season).

Guentzel even pumped in two points without Sidney Crosby on his line in Game 4 of the Pens series with the Caps on Wednesday. He also has been extremely accurate with his shot thus far in the post-season. Guentzel has scored on 8 of his 21 shots on goal (shooting percentage: 38.1 percent) and he has only missed the net six times in the playoffs.

2. Nate Schmidt Has Been a Revelation for Caps

He didn't begin the playoffs as a starter, but now that Nate Schmidt has become a fixture in the Caps' lineup, he's proven just how effective he can be. He leads all Washington defenseman in CF%, SF% and GF%.

Amazingly, he's the only Washington defenseman with a positive plus/minus, and he's all the way up at plus-6.

3. Adam Larsson had a really bad game on Thursday

Adam Larsson has been the Oilers' steadiest defenseman in the playoffs, and he's been a physical presence as well. But the burly Swede struggled mightily in Game 4 against the Oilers--he was on ice for all four goals against and he turned the puck over to Ryan Getzlaf moments before the game-winner was scored by Jacob Silfverberg. In total, Larsson has been on ice for four Edmonton goals four and 11 against at even strength. No defenseman has been on ice for more goals against in these playoffs.

On the flipside, Matt Irwin has played 92 minutes at 5-on-5 in eight games for the Predators and he has not yet been on ice for a goal against (Nashville has scored twice with him on).

4. Red-hot Ryan Ellis is Nashville's Pace-Setter

Speaking of Nashville defenseman, no Predator blue-liner has been more effective offensively than Ryan Ellis. He's averaging 1.13 points per game.

Ellis is currently on a seven-game point streak which is the longest playoff points streak by a defenseman since 1998.

5. The Erik Karlsson effect

Through 10 playoff games we can get a glimpse of how Ottawa has been doing with and without Erik Karlsson on the ice at 5-on-5.

Without Karlsson Ottawa has seven goals for and 12 against, with a CF% of 47.6, a shooting percentage of 4.64 and a save percentage of .9259 in 321 minutes.

With Karlsson in 219 minutes, Ottawa has eight goals for and six against with a CF% of 56 percent, a shooting percentage of 8 percent and a save percentage of .9301.

Yeah, he makes a big difference, whether he has been injured or not.

Stats courtesy of NHL.com, Natural Stat Trick and Puckalytics.