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.
Nate Schmidt has really taken charge on the Caps blue line in the playoffs. Topping all categories. pic.twitter.com/fdsUib9pFt— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) May 5, 2017
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).