Stats to chew on – playoff edition

May 31, 2012, by

*All playoff stats through three rounds

  • Henrik Lundqvist posted a sparkling .930 SV% this season, a ratio that has only been achieved 14 other times in NHL history by goalies that have played 40 games or more.  (via @b1rky)
  • Lundqvist during the regular season: 39-18-5, 1.97 GAA, .930 SV%, 8 SO
  • Lundqvist during the postseason: 10-10, 1.82 GAA, .931 SV%, 3 SO
  • Goal support during the regular season: 2.7 goals per game
  • Goal support during the playoffs: 2.15 goals per game
  • Dan Girardi led all NHL defensemen in playoff scoring with 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists).
  • The Rangers’ leader in Corsi rating for the postseason?  That would be Boston College’s own Chris Kreider, who posted a 15.49 rating.

  • Marian Gaborik exploded for 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in his first 18 playoff games with Minnesota.  Since then, Gaborik has 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in 36 postseason matches.
  • Brad Richards was the highest paid player in the NHL this year, earning a cool $12 million.  That’s $148,148.14 for every point (playoffs included).
  • Derek Stepan has scored just once in 25 playoff games over his first two seasons.
  • Artem Anisimov finished tired for fourth on the Rangers with 10 points in the playoffs, yet he played under 10 minutes in six of 20 games.
  • Ryan Callahan has 32 power play goals over the last three seasons.  34 if you count the playoffs.
  • Anton Stralman notched three goals in 20 playoff games after registering just two in 53 regular season contests.
  • It may have seemed like Kreider was suddenly hitting everything that moved in Game Six against New Jersey, but the reality is that Kreider was credited with 29 hits through three rounds to lead all rookies.  Of course, that paled in comparison to Callahan’s league-leading 82.
  • The “Black and Blue Crew” of Ryan McDonagh and Girardi were ranked one-two in blocked shots during the postseason with 116 combined.  Project McDonagh’s per-game playoff total (3.1) across a full season and you get 254, which would have edged Montreal’s Josh Gorges (250) for the most in the league.  McDonagh actually recorded 182 blocks during the year.
  • Girardi played more than 25 minutes a whopping 65 times this year (playoffs included.  McDonagh did it 51 times.


  1. TommyT says:

    Very nice first write up Kevin. I look forward to reading more in the future. Great crew here at BSB

  2. becky says:

    You forgot Brodeur’s one goal too.

  3. Rob L says:

    Good stuff, just a few things to add on:

    – In regards to Kreiders corsi, you’re actually better off using Corsi Rel, which shows a players worth even more because it takes Corsi Off-ice into effect. Even with Kreider’s Corsi On being ~15, if everyone else is in the 20’s then his Corsi Rel would be about -4. On this fantastic note, Kreider was an amazing team-best +23.9 Corsi Rel.

    – While Brodeur did accumulate more assists than Hagelin, his (and Prust’s) on-ice shot% was a paltry 5% – relatively seperated from the top half of the team which was 7%+. Taking out his shooting, its tough to get assists if your linemates aren’t shooting, either.

    – That career playoff year for Gaborik (02/03) saw him shoot 17.3% in playoffs compared to his season of 10.3%. With 52 shots in 18 playoff games, thats nearly four extra goals due to luck primarily.

    – Stepan has gotten screwed in the luck department, keeping his shot rate similar to his season long production while only shooting 2.6% in 20 playoff games this year. Few more bounces and it wouldn’t have been an issue.

    – Stralman: 11.5% shooting this playoffs compared to a career average 3.8%.

    Alright, that’s it. While the Rangers didn’t play to their ability, I still feel they got some unlucky bounces on both ends of the ice.

  4. Jeff P says:

    I have no issues with McDonagh and Girardi playing 25 + minutes in the playoffs. It’s the regular season that’s the problem. Girardi, for one, looked out of gas to me, with uncharacteristic turnovers and positional mistakes.
    I’d like to see them either resign Stralman or have Erixon up here playing real minutes, or both.
    Ideally you want to have 22-23 minutes for McD-Girardi, 20+ for MdZ and Staal (whoever they are paired with) and at least 15 minutes+ for your 5th and 6th D (Ideally, Sauer and Erixon next year, but Stralman and McIlrath being in the conversation). I don’t think they need a Suter or a Weber, though of course anyone could use them.

    • Kevin Baumer says:

      Yeah I think 25 minutes occasionally is to be expected out of your top D-men, but the frequency is a bit alarming. Both battled really hard during the postseason and played very well for the most part, but each did make a few uncharacteristic mistakes as the playoffs wore on.

      I think you’ll get your wish with Erixon, though Stralman is a goner.

      Suter comes down to money and the Rangers have greater needs for their $.

  5. Comnsnse says:

    Respectfully to the admirers of stats. It may be a cliche’,but the only stats that count are wins and losses. Stats are nice to dicuss,but don’t put the cup in the case!

    • The Suit says:

      Stats told with context can generate great intelligent discussion. Clearly not an interest of yours.

      You should probably wait until we do win the Cup to comment here. Just a respectful recommendation…

    • Spozo says:

      So we can’t talk about the rangers until we win a cup? What is the point of your posts here? Every single one is negative.

  6. Walt says:

    One stat no one mentioned, that is the officiating blunders, they were terrible. I can’t remember a year that the officials were soooooooooo poor! That is not to be meant to be an excuse, it’s just fact!

  7. wwpd says:

    excluding jquick and his absurd .946/1.49

  8. rob sahm says:

    great read kevin nice work.