Stats to chew on: Olympic break edition

February 12, 2014, by

Mats Zuccarello has been money against Metro Division rivals

– Only five players have more game-winning goals than Rick Nash (6).

– Only Alex Ovechkin is averaging more shots per game than Rick Nash (4.1).

– Only nine players have more points against their own division than Mats Zuccarello’s 21.

– Only eight players have more penalty minutes on home ice than Chris Kreider (53).  Only Dallas’s Antoine Roussel has actually committed more penalties on home ice than Kreider (20).

– Only four players have more penalty minutes on the road than Derek Dorsett (72).

– 17 players are averaging more power play time per game than Brad Richards (3:48).

– 17 players are averaging more time on ice per game than Ryan McDonagh (24:35).

– Chris Kreider ranks sixth in rookie scoring with 30 points.

– If real-time stats are to be believed, then Dan Girardi ranks 14th in the NHL in blocked shots with 116, Brad Richards ranks 13th in the league with 78 missed shots and Ryan McDonagh has the 18th-most giveaways in the NHL (54).

– Richards has the 12th-most shots on goal in the NHL (192).

– Only nine players have taken more faceoffs than Derek Stepan (1,088).  Stepan’s 46.4% faceoff win percentage is by far the worst among centers on the team.

– Only seven teams have more wins in regulation than the Blueshirts (28).  Only Anaheim and Colorado have more regulation wins on the road than New York (16).

– Only San Jose and Chicago are averaging more shots per game than New York (32.9).

– Only four teams have surrendered fewer goals on the road than the Rangers (73).

– Only three teams have scored more power play goals on the road than the Blueshirts (22).

– Only four teams have allowed fewer power play goals on the road than New York (15).

– Just two teams have allowed fewer goals against in the third period than the Rangers (42).

– Only the Islanders have scored more 5-on-3 goals than the Blueshirts (5).

– The Rangers have lost more one-goal games than all but three teams (10).

– After finishing third in hits last year and sixth in blocked shots, the Rangers rank 13th and 20th in those categories this season.

– The Rangers are 10-7-1 against teams that would be in the Eastern Conference playoffs if the season ended today.  New York is 6-6-0 against teams that would be in the Western Conference playoffs if the season ended today.

– New York is 11-4-0 with Dan Carcillo in the lineup.

– The Rangers are 23-16-3 with Rick Nash in the lineup and 23-17-2 with Ryan Callahan in the lineup.

– The Rangers have beaten the Penguins, Blackhawks and Kings on the road this season.  The Rangers have won 16 of their last 20 road games, a team record (via @EliasSports).

– If you take away New York’s ugly 2-6-0 start, they’d be 30-18-3, a 101-point pace over 82 games.  As it stands, the Blueshirts are on a 93-point pace.


  1. VinceR says:

    Love the stats posts, Kevin. Nice work.

  2. Walt says:

    Based on the stats posted, the Rangers should play for visiting team statis, and Dan Carcillo should play every game possible!!!!!

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      Hey Walt, looking at those Face off stats and Stepans 46% win%. I can see one need for the Rangers before the 3/5 trade deadline. A face off specialist. A center that can play top 6 and PP-PK time to win a Faceoff especially in the offensive zone. Boyle & Moore aren’t too bad at defensive zone draws.
      I also think the Olympics are gonna be good for Nash. His confidence should be through the roof when he comes back for the home game against Chicago. Big game. Can the Rangers sweep the 2 against the champs. Thanks for reading my novel. Sorry it’s so long. I hope Cally doesn’t get injured.

      • Kevin says:

        Richards is already a much better solution. I’d think in key offensive zone situations, they’ll turn to him more often as the season goes on. They already do to some extent, but Stepan being paired with Nash obviously influences this.

        • Walt says:

          And that is the problem!!

        • Centerman21 says:

          Richards is a decent at the dots and gets plenty of offensive zone draws but I personally think it’d help if our top Centerman was about 5% better than Stepan’s 46% win %.

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  3. MBN says:

    – New York is 11-4-0 with Dan Carcillo in the lineup.

    I’m with Walt on the last part of his comment. That record with Carcillo is really something. It coincides with Hank returning to form, but I believe Dan’s play helped that 4th line get going, and is a key reason why the team has been going really well the past few weeks.

    • Walt says:

      I was joking about the first part of the post. Of course we want home field advantage!!!!!

    • Dave says:

      A winning record with a player in the lineup does not mean the player caused the winning record.

      • Kevin says:

        Yeah, Carcillo has been better than expected, but the whole team has been playing much, much better. I don’t give Carcillo much of the credit for that, it’s just a coincidence.

      • Spozo says:

        So you’re telling me that the “Avery factor” was complete BS? I’m shocked!

        • The Suit says:

          Psssh in 2007 the Rangers had close to a .600 record with Paul Mara in the lineup.

          • Walt says:

            Everyone is taking the post too seriously, we all know that Carcillo isn’t the cause of the victories, he is just one of many who make it work. I won’t post anything funny again, it stired the pot too much!

  4. FrankCerbone says:

    So Mcdonough is a league leader in giveaways & Kreider & Dorsett take too many PM……not a secret as I’ve been that info for months.

    However, McDonough does too many give things to knock him for something he will correct in time. Same for Kreider. However, Dorsett is Dorsett a veritable PM machine, which I talked about BEFORE the season started.

    Dorsett 103 PM and only 71 hits
    Matt Martin 74 PM and 275 hits
    Tanner Glass 57 PM 174 hits