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Five team stats you may find interesting

Craig Berube

Craig Berube


34:07 -- The amount of time the Flyers have played shorthanded. No team has played less than that. Now, granted, some of that is due to their 23rd-ranked penalty kill (they’ve surrendered five power-play goals), but for the most part they’ve stayed out of the box this season, only going shorthanded more than three times in one out of their eight games. Coach Craig Berube said repeatedly last season that his team had to be more disciplined (Philly finished 2013-14 playing the most time shorthanded), and so far his message appears to be getting through.

4 -- The number of empty-net goals the Canucks have scored, which is the most in the NHL. Vancouver only had two all of last season, which was the fewest in the NHL. Not sure this season’s production is much more than a statistical anomaly, but for a team that had a lot of trouble holding leads in 2014-15 (Vancouver lost five games in regulation that it led after two periods), it’s not a bad sign.

5 -- The number of times Montreal has won after it surrendered the first goal. The Habs (7-1-0) have only opened the scoring twice in their first eight games, which is a dangerous way to play. In 2013-14, only Anaheim finished with a winning record in games it trailed first.

-6.5 -- The Kings’ shot differential. Only Buffalo’s (-13.6) is worse. For Los Angeles, it’s a surprising stat, given the Stanley Cup champs have been one of the elite possession teams in the NHL for some time now. But that hasn’t been the case early this season, despite L.A.'s impressive 6-1-1 record. Without Jonathan Quick (.953 save percentage) and the 225 saves he’s already been forced to make (over 30 per start), that record probably wouldn’t be so impressive.

0 -- The number of power-play goals the Sabres have scored in their first nine games. That’s 52:17 of time with a man (or two) advantage, and no goals. The Wild are the only other team without a PP goal, in 38:51 of time with the advantage.