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Stats to chew on

- Carl Hagelin has scored 6 goals in his last 7 games after going goal-less for 36 straight.  Hagelin has scored in 4 games in a row and has 7 points (5 goals, 2 assists) in his last 4 games.
Christian Thomas has 10 points in his last 11 games for the CT Whale after being scratched on January 20th.  Thomas scored for the 4th time in 5 games on Sunday.
Oscar Lindberg ranks 9th in the Swedish Elite League with 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists) in 48 games.  Jesper Fast is just behind, ranking 16th with 18 goals and 15 assists in 41 games.  Those numbers should be very encouraging given how low-scoring the SEL usually is, but remember that Mats Zuccarello won MVP honors 3 years ago with 64 points in 55 games and that didn’t turn out so well.
Henrik Lundqvist is 7-3-0 with a 1.99 GAA and a .927 SV% in his last 10 games.
Rick Nash leads the Rangers in points (12), shots on goal (57) and plus/minus (+9)
– The Rangers are 18-3-2 in their last 23 regular season games against the Southeast Division.  New York has outscored its opponents 77-46 in those games.
– The Rangers have 17 points in 14 games this season, which puts them on pace for 58 points.  We projected it would take 53 points to make the playoffs this year.  New York’s current pace would put the team on track for 99 points in a full 82-game season.  The Blueshirts racked up 109 points last year.
– The Blueshirts had 19 points after 14 games last year.
– Does it ever feel like 90% of Marian Gaborik’s points come against doormats like the Islanders?  Well, over the last 4 years with the Rangers Gaborik has racked up 112 goals and 109 assists in 234 games.  54 of those goals and 59 assists have come in 97 games against non-playoff teams.  So if my math is right, Gaborik has averaged 1.16 points per game against non-playoff teams and .79 points per game against playoff opponents.  That’s not really out of line, you’d expect anyone to put up big numbers against lesser opponents.  But this is still pretty incredible: 27 goals and 18 assists have come in 30 games against Toronto and the Islanders.
– Gaborik is tied for 3rd in the NHL with 3 game-winning goals this season.
– The Rangers have scored 6 power play goals this season as a team.  James Neal has 7.
Ryan Callahan is 7th in the NHL with 49 hits.  Brian Boyle is tied for 10th with 46.
– To show you how much stats can fluctuate from week-to-week in the early going, last week I mentioned that Jeff Halpern was brought in to win faceoffs and had only won 46.5% of his draws.  A few good games later, Halpern is up to 56.1%.

Status of the Atlantic Division rivals
Penguins: 22 points.  Next 5: vsPhi, vsFla, vsTB, @Fla, @Car
Devils: 22 points.  Next 5: @Wash, @Wash, vsWpg, @Wpg, @Buf
Flyers: 15 points.  Next 5: @Pit, vsFla, vsWpg, vsTor, vsWash
Islanders: 13 points.  Next 5: @Ott, @Mon, @Buf, vsCar, vsBos

Recent ex-Ranger watch
Brandon Prust – 15gp 2g, 2a.  Leads NHL with 71 penalty minutes.
John Mitchell – 13gp, 5g, 4a, +7
Brandon Dubinsky – 15gp, 1g, 7a, 39PIM.  Out with an injured knee.
Artem Anisimov – 14gp, 4g, 2a.  Out with a bruised foot.
Tim Erixon – 8gp, 0g, 2a, +4
Ruslan Fedotenko – 17gp, 1g, 4a
Wade Redden – 9gp, 2g, 0a, -6.  Was a healthy scratch twice last week.  Here’s a good ESPN piece on Redden’s return.
Mike Rupp – 14gp, 1g, 0a, 12PIM

Team rankings entering last night’s games
– New York is ranked 16th in goals per game, 11th in goals against, 30th on the power play and 8th on the penalty kill.
– 5 teams are averaging more shots per game than New York’s 30.4.
– Only Tampa Bay has scored more goals on home ice than the Rangers’ 28.
– The Rangers are tied with Columbus for last in the league in goals scored on the road with 9.  New York has only allowed 13 goals on the road, 2nd-fewest in the NHL.
– The Rangers have scored just 10 2nd period goals this season, 2nd-fewest in the league.
– New York leads the league with 12 minutes worth of bench minor penalties.

16 Responses to “Stats to chew on”

  1. pal says:

    After Pittsburgh, Chicago and Anaheim, the Rangers have the best record over the last 10 games, 7-2-1. I’ll take that for now.

  2. Jared says:

    great article Kevin…really interesting stuff here.

  3. Tim B says:

    I love how John Mitchell has the most points. And i had really wish they had resigned him. And he was young. What happened to Dubinsky? He scored more goals at center than he did at the wing. Now he cant score but can get assists. Much like Scott Gomez.

    • Kevin says:

      Scoring droughts nothing new for Dubi. Mitchell’s production is a bit stunning though, you’re right

      • Rob L says:

        25% shooting, career 10% guy. Effective 3rd liner, but with his 1077 PDO and the shooting, it’s a mirage. Still would have rather had him than Asham, though.

        • Dave says:

          His PDO is that high? Wow.

          For those that don’t know, PDO is essentially “puck luck”. I have no idea how it’s calculated, but the higher the number, the luckier the player.

    • Jared says:

      The best part about mitchell was when he was rocking the Raccoon eyes

      As for dubby, I think he was acting more as a passer at the moment Just remember back to last year when he got off to a slow start with the goals. He’ll get there.

    • Dave says:

      Dubi has been hurt in CBJ. That goal scoring thing will correct itself though.

  4. Chris F says:

    A few thoughts:

    ~Hugely impressed by Brian Boyle’s physicality against the Capitals. He threw some huge hits finally fitting for a guy of his size.

    ~John Mitchell was an unfortunate departure. Of all the personnel that left during the off-season, including Prust, I think I miss Mitchell the most, especially given his impressive numbers thus far.

    ~Rangers PP is abysmal.

    ~Otherwise, Rangers seem to finally be back on track and have collectively found an identity.

    ~I wish everyone would stop hating on the Islanders. They have a great, young team. A little more grit, and more reliable goaltending and they’re a playoff contender. We should all embrace that concept. It’s good for the division, and good for the rivalry.

  5. Chris F says:

    In comparison to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia or New Jersey, the Islanders are by far the more reasonable division foe. They are not, by and large, a team of cheap-shots and whiners, unlike the rest of the division. Obviously, as a division opponent, there is going to be some sustained grievances and tension, which is good. But, I’d rather see the Islanders do well and be competitive than any of the other coddled, media-darling hacks and primadonnas. Save your derision for the cesspools of PA and NJ.

  6. Gary says:

    Nash makes the players around him better!

    • Tim B says:

      Look at Hagelin. If he continues his hot streak. He could put up Gaborik goal #’s.
      Especially when Gaborik is a free agent. No point in resigning him if you have the fast speedy young Hagelin who can put up the same numbers and get paid less. And being more consistent. I think they will save the money for someone good.