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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:
+16
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

Scheduling:
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

 

 

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