Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Cool stats: Western Conference
Vancouver Canucks (1) vs Los Angeles Kings (8)
- The Canucks had the fourth-best power play (19.8 percent); the Kings had the fourth-best penalty kill (87.0 percent).
- Since 2006, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is second in the league in playoff win (32) and tied for first in shutouts (5).
- Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick finished with a league-best 10 shutouts.
- Quick lost nine games this season when he allowed one goal or less (shootouts included).
St. Louis Blues (2) vs San Jose Sharks (7)
- The Blues allowed a league-low 102 goals in 5-on-5 situations.
- The Blues goaltending duo of Brian Elliott (9) and Jaroslav Halak (6) combined for 15 shutouts, the most shutouts by one team since Chicago had 15 in 1969-70.
- The Sharks averaged 33.8 shots per game, second highest in the league; the Blues allowed a league-low 26.7 shots.
- The Sharks finished second in the league in faceoff winning percentage (53.3)
- The Sharks had three 30-goal scorers this season, led by Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture with 31 goals each.
Phoenix Coyotes (3) vs Chicago Blackhawks (6)
- If the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews (concussion) is healthy, the 2010 Conn Smythe Trophy winner is a point-per-game player in the playoffs (46 points, 46 games).
- The Coyotes had the 29th-ranked power play in the league as they converted just 13.6 percent of their chances.
- Conversely, the Blackhawks had the fourth-worst penalty kill in the league at 78.1 percent in the regular season.
- Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith was 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .959 save percentage against the Blackhawks in the regular season.
- Since Feb. 1, Smith is 20-4-3 with a 1.82 goals-against average, six shutouts and .962 save percentage.
Nashville Predators (4) vs Detroit Red Wings (5)
- The Predators took an average of 8.4 penalty minutes per game this season, the fewest of any team in the league.
- The Predators have faced the Red Wings in three of their eight trips to the playoffs (lost in 2004, 2008 in six games).
- The Red Wings had the best 5–on-5 goals for-against ratio (1.44 goals per game) in the league in the regular season.
- Since 2005-06 season, the Red Wings have three of the top six playoff goal scorers: Henrik Zetterberg (46), Johan Franzen (37) and Pavel Datsyuk (29).
- The Predators had the top power-play unit in the regular season as they converted 21.7 percent of their chances.