Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Cool stats: Eastern Conference
New York Rangers (1) vs Ottawa Senators (8)
- The Rangers posted a .682 winning percentage when outshooting opponents, the highest of any team in the league.
- The Rangers blocked 1,338 shots this season, fourth-most in the NHL and the highest total of any playoff team.
- The Senators allowed 32.0 shots per game, second-most in the NHL (Hurricanes, 32.4). The Rangers allowed 27.8 shots per game, sixth-fewest in NHL.
- Jason Spezza took 35.5 percent of his team’s faceoffs this season, the second-highest percentage of any player in hockey. Spezza was especially called upon with the man advantage, winning 159 power-play faceoffs (second-most in NHL).
Boston Bruins (2) vs Washington Capitals (7)
- The Bruins had the top five players in the NHL in plus/minus. Patrice Bergeron (+36), Tyler Seguin (+34), Zdeno Chara (+33), Chris Kelly (+33) and Brad Marchand (+31) were the only five players over +30 in the league.
- Boston had the highest 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio of any Eastern Conference team. Boston’s 1.32 ranked third in the NHL.
- Capitals forward Brooks Laich blocked 92 shots this season, most of any NHL forward.
- Third period comebacks won’t be expected in this series. When leading after two periods, neither the Bruins nor Capitals lost in regulation this season. Boston was 32-0-0 this season (1.000 winning percentage, best in NHL), while Washington was 25-0-1 (.962 winning percentage, third in NHL).
Florida Panthers (3) vs New Jersey Devils (6)
- New Jersey (0.93 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio) and Florida (0.88) are the only two teams in the Eastern Conference playoffs to be outscored in 5-on-5 situations during the season. In the Western Conference, Los Angeles posted a 0.98 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio.
- New Jersey had the third-highest winning percentage in the NHL when conceding the first goal (.421).
- Ilya Kovalchuk had 120 giveaways in 77 games during the season, 25 more than anyone else in the league. As a team, the Panthers had 602 takeaways, third in the Eastern Conference and ninth in the NHL.
- New Jersey doesn’t mind shorthanded situations. The Devils not only had the highest penalty kill percentage in the league during the season (89.6 pct), but also scored a league-high 15 shorthanded goals.
Pittsburgh Penguins (4) vs Philadelphia Flyers (5)
- The Flyers (65) and the Penguins (56) ranked first and tied for second, respectively, in power-play goals this season.
- The Flyers averaged 16.1 penalty minutes per game and 3.9 shorthanded situations per game, both most in the league. The Penguins averaged 10.7 penalty minutes per game (12th-lowest in NHL) and 3.3 shorthanded situations per game (15th).
- The Penguins have the two most prolific shooters in the NHL. Evgeni Malkin (339 shots) and James Neal (329 shots) ranked first and second respectively in the league.
- Claude Giroux won more power-play faceoffs (191) than any player in the NHL. Giroux won 32 more than the next-closest player (Jason Spezza, 159).