Five team stats you may find interesting
24 -- Regulation wins for the New York Rangers, the most in the NHL, and three more than the Blue Jackets (21), who have the second most. Even if the Rangers’ current PDO (103.0) isn’t sustainable at quite that level, the evidence over the last few years suggests that they are simply a high-PDO team, one that can count on getting better-than-average goaltending while also scoring on a relatively high percentage of their shots. The Rangers (27-13-1) have won four of their last five in regulation, and they’ve done it without Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich and others.
7 -- Overtime wins for the Los Angeles Kings, who’ve only won 11 times in regulation. Just imagine where they’d be if they didn’t have the most OT wins in the league. As of today, they’re only one point clear of Nashville for the second wild-card spot in the West. The Kings, unlike the Rangers, have a low shooting percentage. And without Tyler Toffoli, they’ve found it even harder to score. Los Angeles was shut out for the fifth time last night, falling 4-0 to Detroit at Staples Center.
11.3% -- The Detroit Red Wings’ power play, on pace to finish as one of the worst of the salary-cap era.
27.0% -- The Columbus Blue Jackets’ power play, on pace to finish as the best of the salary-cap era.
6 -- The number of teams with a negative goal differential who are currently in a playoff position. Last season, only two teams -- Detroit (-13) and Philadelphia (-4) -- made the postseason with a negative goal differential. Of the six teams today, the Flyers (-7) have the worst differential. In a related story, there are two teams -- Toronto (+4) and Nashville (+6) -- who are outside the playoff picture with a positive goal differential. But the Leafs are only three points back of the Flyers, with three games in hand. And as mentioned, the Predators are only one point back of the Kings (-2), with one game in hand.