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Stats to chew on: Start of the playoffs

- After the trade deadline Derick Brassard had five goals in six assists while Marian Gaborik had three goals and five assists.
– The Rangers went 9-3-1 following the trade deadline.
– Before the trade deadline the Rangers averaged 2.4 goals per game.  After it, they averaged 3.6.
– Check out this chart of where playoff teams ranked in shot differential this season. (Via @NHL_Stats)
– The Rangers went 17-4-2 this season when they didn’t allow a power play goal.
– New York is 86-0-6 when leading after two periods dating back to 2010.  They went 16-0-0 when leading after two this season.
Henrik Lundqvist has allowed two or fewer goals in 16 of his last 20 games.  During that time, Lundqvist is 13-5-2 with a 1.78 GAA and a .930 SV%.
– During his six-game point scoring streak, Brad Richards has five goals and six assists.
Ryan Callahan has posted five goals and six assists during his seven-game point scoring streak.
Derek Stepan scored 18 goals in 48 games this season.  He had 17 in 82 games last year.
– Stepan hasn’t gone more than two games in a row without scoring since March 8.  (Via @NYDNRangers)
– The Rangers were last in the offense in scoring at the trade deadline, they finished the year ranked 15th.
– The Blueshirts scored more goals in April than any other team (51).
Rick Nash is the only active player with nine straight seasons of 20+ goals.  (Via @Buccigross)
– The Capitals didn’t score on the Rangers in the second or third periods in any of their three meetings this season.  (Via @MattCalamia)
– Washington has the league’s best power play at 26.8%.   (Via @AdamVingan)
– Check out this heat map of where Alex Ovechkin scored his 32 goals this season.  (Via @Buccigross)
– Every member of the Original Six is in the playoffs for the first time in 17 years.  (Via @JoshRimerHockey)
– Rick Nash ranked fifth in the NHL with 176 shots on goal.
– Derek Stepan tied for second in the NHL with six game-winning goals.
– Lundqvist ranked sixth in the NHL with a 2.05 GAA and fifth with a .926 SV%.
– Ryan Callahan ranked 11th in the NHL in hits with 154.
Ryane Clowe ranked ninth in the NHL with 93 penalty minutes.
Dan Girardi led the NHL with 125 blocked shots.  Girardi ranked eighth in the league in average time on ice at 25:25.

Statistical pace of the Rangers over 82 games
Derek Stepan: 30 goals, 44 assists, 74 points
Rick Nash: 39 goals, 39 assists, 78 points
Brad Richards: 19 goals, 41 assists, 60 points
Ryan Callahan: 29 goals, 27 assists, 56 points
Carl Hagelin: 17 goals, 23 assists, 40 points
Michael Del Zotto: 5 goals, 32assists, 37 points
Ryan McDonagh: 6 goals, 26 assists, 32 points
Dan Girardi: 3 goals, 21 assists, 24 points
Derick Brassard: 20 goals, 29 assists, 49 points
Taylor Pyatt: 10 goals, 8 assists, 18 points
Marc Staal: 7 goals, 35 assists, 42 points
Mats Zuccarello: 16 goals, 27 assists, 42 points
Ryane Clowe: 6 goals, 32 assists, 38 points
Anton Stralman: 6 goals, 5 assists, 11 points
John Moore: 2 goals, 16 assists, 18 points
Brian Boyle: 4 goals, 6 assists, 10 points
Chris Kreider: 7 goals, 3 assists, 10 points
Steve Eminger: 0 goals, 7 assists, 7 points
Arron Asham: 6 goals, 0 assists, 6 points
Darroll Powe: 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 points

Status of the Atlantic Division rivals
Penguins: 72 points.  #1 seed, will face the Islanders in Round One.
Islanders: 55 points. #8 seed, will face the Penguins in Round One.
Flyers: 49 points.  Eliminated
Devils: 48 points.  Eliminated

Recent ex-Ranger watch
Brandon Prust – 38gp, 5g, 9a, +11, 110PIM.
John Mitchell – 47gp, 10g, 10a, +5
Brandon Dubinsky – 29gp, 2g, 18a, 76PIM.  Will not play for the USA in the World Championships because of a lingering knee issue. (Via @APortzline)
Artem Anisimov – 35gp, 11g, 7a, -6.  Will play for Russia in the World Championships.  (Via @APortzline)
Tim Erixon – 31gp, 0g, 5a, +4.  Will not play for Sweden in the World Championships because of a bursa sac in his ankle.  (Via @Aportzline)
Ruslan Fedotenko – 47gp, 4g, 9a, +8
Wade Redden – 29gp, 3g, 4a.  Received this plaque for reaching the 1000-game mark earlier this year. (Via @DAlfredsson11)
Mike Rupp – 40gp, 1g, 3a, 79PIM.
Jeff Halpern – 46gp, 1g, 2a, -8
Marian Gaborik – 47gp, 12g, 15a, -3.  Will not play for Slovakia at the World Championships after failing his end of year physical.  (Via The NY Rangers Blog)

Team rankings
– New York ranked 15th in goals per game, 4th in goals against, 23rd on the power play and 15th on the penalty kill.
– 5 teams averaged more shots per game than New York’s 30.9.
– New York scored 74 goals on home ice this year, tied for fifth in the NHL.
– The Rangers scored the fewest road power play goals in the league with eight.
– Only three teams had more hits than New York’s 1413.

13 Responses to “Stats to chew on: Start of the playoffs”

  1. PAL says:

    What do you make of this: Derek Stepan is 5th in the NHL in +/-, at +25, on a team with a goal differential of +18; while the 4 players ahead of him were 3 Penguins and a Black Hawk, on teams that finished with goal differentials of +46 and +53 respectively. This seems to show quite graphically how valuable a player he has become.

    • Kevin says:

      We’re not huge fans of +/- around these parts, but Stepan’s advanced metrics are also very solid. If not for Hank, Step was the MVP this year.

  2. Pas44 says:

    Thanks for the hard work, great stuff!

    Go Rangers!

  3. Chuck A says:

    Wow, of these wonderfully compiled stats, two stick out: the NYR chokehold of the 3rd period with a lead, and the fact they led the league in goals in April. This is despite Washington’s strong finish. Thus, I think the Rangers have the offense to contend with them.

  4. Chris F says:

    Some observations:

    ~I think Derek Brassard more than compensates for the loss of Gaborik in terms of potential production; add in Moore and Dorsett and this was a great deal for the Rangers.

    ~Having Richards, Callahan and Stepan all streaking to the finish line in terms of point production is a great sign for what this team can do come playoff time. Factor in Nash, and the Rangers’ league-leading 51 April goals, and this is a team that can do some damage offensively. And we all know about our defensive depth and, of course, the King in net.

    ~Out of all the players the Rangers lost in the off-season, no one particularly stood out this year. Usually, ex-Rangers are explosive with their new teams.

    ~Gaborik failed his end of year physical? What a disappointment he’s been this year. I wish him well in Columbus, but he better do some serious conditioning in the off-season and re-evaluate his game.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Could Gaborik’s failed physical have had anything to do with his lost production this year? Continuing issues with the shoulder?

      • Mikeyyy says:

        They are saying it his groin.

        • Walt says:

          Who knows if that is true or not, but he has a history of groin issues! Maybe he should look into some program to enhance his strength in his legs.

  5. Bloomer says:

    And to think early in the season when I suggested that the Rangers should move Gaborik, my fellows bloggers here were after me with pitchforks and torches. Sweet.

    • Chris F says:

      Perhaps, you were suggesting moving him for the wrong reasons? I mean, if it was solely based on his poor production this year –and I don’t know that it was– that in itself was not really a solid enough argument to sway people’s opinions who saw Gaborik for what he could be, and had been as recently as last year, namely, a 40 goal scorer. Most of us were willing to give the guy another shot on a more normal, 82 game season. As happy as I am with the way the trade turned out for the Rangers, I still stand by my initial opposition to the move.

      If, however, you were privy to information that Gaborik was nursing another injury, as Sather quite possibly was, and you realized you could off load him now for a better price than if it came out he would be needing another possible surgery on top of last’s year shoulder surgery, and if you could have predicted the pieces that the Rangers ultimately got back, then that may have been a sellable argument –on top of the poor production– to make at that point in time.

      But, again, as I said, I don’t recall what position or why you took at that time. I just recall what the typical anti-Gaborik tripe was.

      • RobG says:

        Was it tripe or was the writing on the wall? I thought unloading a very inconsistent and injury prone player on a desperate club to be a no brainer. It is hard to score in the Rangers system at times and maybe fans didn’t acknowledge that was part of Gabby’s problem but it was also clear it was time to cash in and get some young players.

    • RobG says:

      Gaborik was brutal to watch. He didn’t fit despite the scoring potential. He was also obviously nursing something. The return was very good. Columbus undervalued Brassard. Sather did well. I’m not sure about the Clowe trade as Clowe seems to be the player who was nursing an injury. He did help to spark the team.