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Examining the Atlanta Thrashers numbers

Monday, 09.10.2007 / 12:53 PM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


NHL.com's 2007-08 Thrashers Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

Advantage Margin:
Though the Thrashers had more power plays than their opponents, the margin was down from +37 in 2005-06..

Even-Strength Goals Margin: +11
Marian Hossa had 26 goals and 52 points at even strength and finished plus-18. No other Atlanta forward was in double figures in plus-minus. . 

Special Teams Goal Margin: -13
The Thrashers won the Southeast despite a huge collapse by their power play. They dropped from 100 PPGs in 2005-06 to 67 in 2006-07. But they also cut down their power-play goals against from 102 to 79.

Category Rank
(Conference / NHL)
2006-07 Points 99
(6th East / 12th NHL)
Change From 2005-06 +9
Home Points 52
(7th East / 15th NHL)
Road Points 45
(7th East / 14th NHL)

Goals by defensemen: 24
No Atlanta defenseman had more than five goals last season. The Thrashers have never produced an offensive defenseman, and they’re still looking.

Goals by forwards: 215
Hossa (43) and Ilya Kovalchuk (42, down from 52 in 2005-06), combined for 85 goals; Slava Kozlov (28) was the only other Thrasher with more than 17.

Overtime Record: 14-7-4 (OT: 7-7, SO: 7-4)
The Thrashers were tied for second with 25 games that went beyond regulation. The Thrashers scored 15 shootout goals on only 29 shots, a league-best (10+ shots) .517 percentage.

Times Scored First/Record: 44 (Record: 27-11-6)
One reason the Thrashers improved in 2006-07: They did a much better job of getting the game’s first goal; their total of 44 was up 12 from 2005-06.

Best 06-07 Number: 14-4-1
Atlanta’s record in games played on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Thrashers’ 6-1-0 mark on Mondays was the best in the NHL.

Worst 06-07 Number: 4.25
Atlanta’s goals-against average in the playoffs, the highest of the 16 teams in the post-season and a huge jump from the Thrashers’ regular-season average of 2.88

The Thrashers will have to be ready to answer the bell quickly: Eleven of their first 15 games are away from Philips Arena, including a seven-game trip from Oct. 20 to Nov. 3.

NHL.com's 2007-08 Thrashers Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster



Quote of the Day

I feel that responsibility, I've felt it for the last two years. We core guys get a lot of minutes, we get a lot of opportunity out there. Our teammates, the organization and fans look to us to be the guys to put the puck in the net and to create momentum out there.

— Jordan Eberle on taking his game and the Edmonton Oilers to the next level