Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Wednesday: Playoff points to watch
By ESPN Stats & Information
Capitals at Rangers, 7 ET (Washington leads 2-1)
- The Capitals and Rangers are the only teams that haven't scored a goal in the first period in these playoffs.
- The Capitals have scored just one goal to the glove side of Henrik Lundqvist in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. In their 2009 first-round matchup, the Capitals scored 14 of their 19 goals past Lundqvist’s glove.
Penguins at Lightning, 7 ET (Pittsburgh leads 2-1)
- Four of the Penguins’ seven goals have come in the third period. In the regular season, they scored the fifth fewest third-period goals with 65. The Lightning were fourth lowest at 64, and have scored two of their seven goals in this series in the final 20 minutes.
- The Lightning have scored five of their seven goals to the glove side of Marc-Andre Fleury. Since the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, Fleury has allowed 60 goals to the glove side in 39 playoff games (1.5 goals per game).
Flyers at Sabres, 7:30 ET (Philly leads 2-1)
- Both teams have taken advantage of getting players to the net. The teams have each scored three goals that have either been tipped or deflected in.
- All four of Thomas Vanek's goals over the past two playoffs (two in this series) have beaten the goaltender stick side.
Ducks at Predators, 8:30 ET (Nashville leads 2-1)
- The Ducks have taken advantage of Pekka Rinne's control, scoring three of their eight goals off rebounds. Rinne has had trouble with rebounds in the playoffs, allowing 12 rebound goals in nine games since facing the Blackhawks in the 2010 Western Conference quarterfinals.
- Six of Teemu Selanne's eight goals since the start of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs have come from in front of the net.
Red Wings at Coyotes, 10:30 ET (Detroit leads 3-0)
- Despite being down 3-0 in their series against the Red Wings, the Coyotes have scored a league-high five power-play goals. However, in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, the team who led in power-play goals during a round lost three times (Kings in conference quarterfinals, Penguins in conference semifinals, Flyers in Stanley Cup finals).
- The Red Wings have scored a league-high four goals from the points against Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Over the past three playoffs, the Red Wings have scored 27 of their 131 goals (20.6 percent) from the points. Brian Rafalski has seven of those point goals, including two in these playoffs.