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Facts, figures and records: season-opening games

Friday, 10.03.2008 / 5:59 PM / Season Preview

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League opens the 2008-09 regular season Saturday in Prague, Czech Republic, with the New York Rangers taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Immediately following, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators open their seasons in Stockholm, Sweden. Following is a look at team and individual performances in season-opening games: 

TEAMS' RECORD IN SEASON OPENERS THROUGH 2007-08

PCT      TEAM                               GP      W       L  T/OT        GF    GA

 

.700     Ottawa Senators              15       8       2       5        51     40

.696     Colorado Avalanche         28     16       5       7      110     77

.667     Tampa Bay Lightning       15       9       4       2        51     39

.652     New Jersey Devils           33     18       8       7      118     94

.643     Minnesota Wild                  7       4       2       1        16     10

.622     Montreal Canadiens         90     48     26     16      310   225

.607     Edmonton Oilers              28     15       9       4        86     81

.581     Buffalo Sabres                 37     20     14       3      123   110

.581     Vancouver Canucks        37     20     14       3      124   115

.550     St. Louis Blues                 40     18     14       8      140   132

.538     Los Angeles Kings           40     17     14       9      122   117

.538     Philadelphia Flyers           40     18     15       7      117   112

.537     Chicago Blackhawks       81     35     29     17      222   234

.536     Florida Panthers              14       6       5       3        40     40

.536     Phoenix Coyotes              28     13     11       4        92     84

.525     Dallas Stars                     40     16     14     10      137   126

.519     Detroit Red Wings           81     35     32     14      232   233

.515     Washington Capitals       33     16     15       2      113   112

.506     Boston Bruins                  83     34     33     16      240   241

.488     New York Rangers           81     33     35     13      231   229

.475     Pittsburgh Penguins        40     16     18       6      133   138

.457     Calgary Flames               35     11     14     10      119   116

.456     Toronto Maple Leafs        90     33     41     16      266   272

.444     Nashville Predators            9       4       5       0        24     24

.429     Columbus Blue Jackets     7       2       3       2        17     17

.371     New York Islanders          35       9     18       8        96   118

.339     Carolina Hurricanes         28       6     15       7        71     99

.313     Atlanta Thrashers              8       2       5       1        12     20

.313     San Jose Sharks             16       3       9       4        45     60

.286     Anaheim Ducks               14       4     10       0        29     45

 

TEAMS' RECORD IN SEASON OPENERS PLAYED AT HOME

 

PCT      TEAM                               GP      W       L  T/OT        GF    GA

 

1.000   Minnesota Wild                  4       4       0       0        15       6

  .857   Florida Panthers                7       5       0       2        27     16

  .844   New Jersey Devils           16     11       0       5        70     35

  .731   Colorado Avalanche         13       8       2       3        52     33

  .700   Tampa Bay Lightning       10       6       2       2        39     25

  .690   Edmonton Oilers              21     13       5       3        70     59

  .688   Washington Capitals       16     11       5       0        60     47

  .684   Montreal Canadiens         57     34     13     10      203   119

  .674   Buffalo Sabres                 23     14       6       3        93     71

  .667   Phoenix Coyotes              18     11       5       2        72     58

  .667   Anaheim Ducks                 3       2       1       0          9     11

  .650   Dallas Stars                     20     12       6       2        76     56

  .644   Boston Bruins                  52     28     13     11      188   150

  .638   Chicago Blackhawks       40     20       9     11      120   105

  .635   Philadelphia Flyers           26     15       8       3        86     69

  .630   Detroit Red Wings           46     26     14       6      137   105

  .600   St. Louis Blues                 15       8       5       2        61     48

  .600   Columbus Blue Jackets     5       2       1       2        14     12

  .596   Vancouver Canucks        26     14       9       3        82     71

  .565   Los Angeles Kings           23     10       7       6        74     59

  .521   New York Rangers           24     10       9       5        80     70

  .500   Ottawa Senators                5       2       2       1        17     15

  .500   New York Islanders            4       2       2       0        12     10

  .500   Calgary Flames               19       7       7       5        67     56

  .500   Toronto Maple Leafs        55     22     22     11      169   153

  .500   Nashville Predators            6       3       3       0        16     14

  .476   Pittsburgh Penguins        21       8       9       4        62     60

  .467   Carolina Hurricanes         15       4       5       6        33     45

  .400   San Jose Sharks             10       3       5       2        31     40

  .300   Atlanta Thrashers              5       1       3       1          7     12

 

TEAMS' RECORD IN SEASON OPENERS PLAYED ON THE ROAD

 

PCT      TEAM                               GP      W       L  T/OT        GF    GA

 

.800     Ottawa Senators              10       6       0       4        34     25

.667     Colorado Avalanche         15       8       3       4        58     44

.600     Tampa Bay Lightning         5       3       2       0        12     14

.545     Vancouver Canucks        11       6       5       0        42     44

.520     St. Louis Blues                 25     10       9       6        79     84

.515     Montreal Canadiens         33     14     13       6      107   106

.500     Los Angeles Kings           17       7       7       3        48     58

.474     New York Rangers           57     23     26       8      151   159

.474     Pittsburgh Penguins        19       8       9       2        71     78

.471     New Jersey Devils           17       7       8       2        48     59

.439     Chicago Blackhawks       41     15     20       6      102   129

.429     Buffalo Sabres                 14       6       8       0        30     39

.406     Calgary Flames               16       4       7       5        52     60

.400     Dallas Stars                     20       4       8       8        61     70

.386     Toronto Maple Leafs        35     11     19       5        97   119

.371     Detroit Red Wings           35       9     18       8        95   128

.357     Edmonton Oilers                7       2       4       1        16     22

.357     Philadelphia Flyers           14       3       7       4        31     43

.355     New York Islanders          31       7     16       8        84   108

.353     Washington Capitals       17       5     10       2        53     65

.333     Nashville Predators            3       1       2       0          8     10

.333     Atlanta Thrashers              3       1       2       0          5       8

.300     Phoenix Coyotes              10       2       6       2        20     26

.274     Boston Bruins                  31       6     20       5        52     91

.214     Florida Panthers                7       1       5       1        13     24

.192     Carolina Hurricanes         13       2     10       1        38     54

.182     Anaheim Ducks               11       2       9       0        20     34

.167     Minnesota Wild                  3       0       2       1          1       4

.167     San Jose Sharks               6       0       4       2        14     20

.000     Columbus Blue Jackets     2       0       2       0          3       5

 

ACTIVE NHL HEAD COACHES IN SEASON OPENERS

 

Pct.     Head Coach                  GP      W       L T/OT

 

1.000   Tom Renney, NYR             5       5       0       0

1.000   John Stevens, Phi              1       1       0       0

1.000   Tony Granato, Col              1       1       0       0

  .786   Craig MacTavish, Edm      7       5       1       1

  .750   Michel Therrien, Pit            4       3       1       0

  .750   Guy Carbonneau, Mtl         2       1       0       1

  .700   Dave Tippett, Dal               5       3       1       1

  .692   Jacques Lemaire, Min      13       8       3       2

  .682   Ken Hitchcock, CBJ         11       6       2       3

  .667   Randy Carlyle, Ana            3       2       1       0

  .667   Wayne Gretzky, Phx          3       2       1       0

  .600   Mike Babcock, Det             5       3       2       0

  .500   Lindy Ruff, Buf                 10       5       5       0

  .500   Craig Hartsburg, Ott          6       3       3       0

  .500   Andy Murray, StL                7       3       3       1

  .500   Claude Julien, Bos             4       2       2       0

  .500   Terry Murray, L.A.            10       5       5       0

  .500   Barry Melrose, T.B.            3       1       1       1

  .500   Mike Keenan, Cgy            16       6       6       4

  .444   Barry Trotz, Nsh                9       4       5       0

  .417   Alain Vigneault, Van           6       2       3       1

  .400   Peter Laviolette, Car          5       1       2       2

  .346   Ron Wilson, Tor               13       4       8       1

  .000   Denis Savard, Chi              1       0       1       0

  .000   Brent Sutter, N.J.               1       0       1       0

   -----   Bruce Boudreau, Wsh       0       0       0       0

   -----   Peter DeBoer, Fla              0       0       0       0

   -----   Todd McLellan, S.J.           0       0       0       0

   -----   Scott Gordon, NYI              0       0       0       0

   -----   John Anderson, Atl             0       0       0       0

 
LONGEST WINNING STREAKS IN SEASON OPENERS

 

9    1978-1986 St. Louis Blues

9    1953-1961 Montreal Canadiens

8    1947-1954 Detroit Red Wings

8    1987-1994 Boston Bruins

8    1981-1988 Colorado Avalanche

 
Longest Active Streak:

 

5    2002-2007 Tampa Bay Lightning

4    2003-2007 Edmonton Oilers

4    2003-2007 Ottawa Senators

 
LONGEST UNDEFEATED STREAKS IN SEASON OPENERS

 

  17   1963-1979 Montreal Canadiens       (13-0-4)

  15   1940-1954 Detroit Red Wings         (14-0-1)

  12   1987-1998 Boston Bruins                (9-0-3)

  10   1996-2006 Dallas Stars                   (7-0-3)


LONGEST WINLESS STREAKS IN SEASON OPENERS

   12   1982-1993 Detroit Red Wings         (0-8-4)

  10   1997-2007 St. Louis Blues            (0-6-4)    (Active)

    8   1945-1952 Toronto Maple Leafs      (0-4-4)

    8   1987-1994 Carolina Hurricanes       (0-6-2)

    8   1939-1946 Boston Bruins                (0-5-3)

 
LONGEST LOSING STREAKS IN SEASON OPENERS

 
    7   1993-1999 Anaheim Ducks             (0-7-0)

    7   1972-1978 Dallas Stars                   (0-7-0)

    6   1999-2005 Pittsburgh Penguins      (0-6-0)

    6   1949-1954 New York Rangers        (0-6-0)

    5   1942-1946 New York Rangers        (0-5-0)

    5   1979-1983 Carolina Hurricanes       (0-5-0)

    5   1988-1992 Toronto Maple Leafs      (0-5-0)

    5   2002-2007 Calgary Flames            (0-5-0)    (Active)

 

FASTEST GOALS FROM THE START OF A SEASON-OPENING GAME

 
Date             Teams/Score          Scorers/Team              Time

10/11/1986   MIN 4 at QUE 4        Kent Nilsson, MIN           0:10

10/07/1981   WSH 3 at BUF 5      Ryan Walter, WSH        0:12

10/31/1943   TOR 4 at CHI 1        Bill Mosienko, CHI          0:13

10/07/1981   PIT 5 at CHI 5           Denis Savard, CHI         0:13

10/30/1943   NYR 2 at TOR 5       Gus Bodnar, TOR          0:15

 
MOST GOALS IN A SEASON OPENER

 
5    Joe Malone, MTL                        12/19/17    (at OTT)

5    Harry Hyland, Mtl. Wanderers    12/19/17    (vs TOR)

5    Babe Dye, TOR                         12/16/22    (vs MTL)

4    Reg Noble, TOR                        12/19/17    (at Mtl. Wanderers)

4    Rick Blight, VAN                         10/ 6/76     (at PIT)

4    Greg Adams, VAN                      10/ 8/87     (vs STL)

4    Chris Kontos, TB                       10/ 7/92     (vs CHI)

 

ACTIVE PLAYERS WHO HAVE SCORED 3+ GOALS IN A SEASON OPENER

 

3    Teemu Selanne, WPG        10/06/1993   (vs WSH)

3    Paul Stastny, COL               10/03/2007   (vs DAL)

 
MOST ASSISTS IN A SEASON OPENER

 
5    Greg Adams, NJ                  10/10/1985   (at PHI)

5    John Cullen, PIT                   10/05/1990   (at WSH)

 
ACTIVE PLAYERS WITH 4+ ASSISTS IN A SEASON OPENER

 
4    Mark Recchi, MTL                10/10/1998   (vs NYR)

4    Darcy Tucker, TOR             10/10/2002   (at PIT)

4    Steve Reinprecht, PHX        10/05/2006   (vs. NYI)


MOST POINTS IN A SEASON OPENER

 Player/Team                             Date                            G-A--PTS

 
Kevin Stevens, PIT                    10/05/1990 at WSH    (2-4--6)

Phil Esposito, BOS                    10/10/1973 vs VAN     (3-2--5)

Gilbert Perreault, BUF                10/10/1974 vs BOS    (3-2--5)

Joe Malone, MTL                        12/19/1917 at OTT      (5-0--5)

Harry Hyland, Mtl. Wanderers    12/19/1917 vs TOR    (5-0--5)

Greg Adams, NJ                        10/10/1985 at PHI       (0-5--5)

Andy Bathgate, NYR                  10/07/1955 at CHI       (1-4--5)

John Cullen, PIT                         10/05/1990 at WSH    (0-5--5)

Michel Goulet, QUE                   10/04/1983 vs NYI       (1-4--5)

Babe Dye, TOR                         12/16/1922 vs MTL     (5-0--5)

Tom Fergus, TOR                     10/09/1986 vs MTL     (3-2--5)

Steve Reinprecht, PHX              10/05/2006 vs NYI       (1-4--5)

 
MOST CAREER GOALS IN SEASON OPENERS

 
Dino Ciccarelli                         14

Michel Goulet                          14

Brett Hull                                 13

Alexander Mogilny                   13

Cam Neely                              13

Maurice Richard                      13

Luc Robitaille                          13

Brendan Shanahan                 12

Aurel Joliat                               12

Guy Lafleur                              12

 
Active Players:

 
Joe Sakic, COL                       11

Viktor Kozlov, WSH                10

 
MOST CAREER POINTS IN SEASON OPENERS

 
                                    G       A  PTS

Ray Bourque                9     21     30

Jaromir Jagr                 9     21     30

Wayne Gretzky            9     18     27

Joe Sakic, COL        11     15     26   (Active)

Phil Esposito              11     14     25

Michel Goulet             14     11     25

Gordie Howe                8     17     25

Al MacInnis                   8     17     25

Adam Oates                 1     24     25

 
Active Players:

                                              G       A  PTS

Joe Sakic, COL                      11     15     26

Mark Recchi, T.B.                    8     14     22

Mike Modano, DAL                   9     12     21

Quote of the Day

Obviously a lot happened in a short period of time. At the end of the day, considering everything I went through, I really felt close to my teammates and I really feel like what we accomplished, I know we didn't win it all. ... I'm really proud of how we got there and what we did once we got there.

— Rangers forward Martin St. Louis to Jim Cerny of BlueshirtsUnited.com