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Facts, Figures And Records: Season-Opening Games

Thursday, 10.06.2011 / 9:35 AM / 2011 NHL Face-Off

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Facts, Figures And Records: Season-Opening Games


TEAMS’ RECORD IN SEASON OPENERS THROUGH 2010-11
 
PCT TEAM GP W L T/OT GF GA OPENING NIGHT
0.694 Colorado Avalanche 31 18 6 7 123 87 Saturday vs. Detroit
0.639 New Jersey Devils 36 19 9 8 125 104 Saturday vs. Philadelphia
0.618 Montreal Canadiens 93 49 27 17 317 232 Thursday at Toronto
0.613 Edmonton Oilers 31 17 10 4 96 87 Sunday vs. Pittsburgh
0.611 Ottawa Senators 18 8 4 6 57 51 Friday at Detroit
0.611 Tampa Bay Lightning 18 10 6 2 60 50 Friday at Carolina
0.600 Buffalo Sabres 40 22 14 4 127 114 Friday vs. Anaheim
0.581 Phoenix Coyotes 31 16 11 4 106 90 Saturday at San Jose
0.581 St. Louis Blues 43 21 14 8 151 138 Saturday vs. Nashville
0.575 Vancouver Canucks 40 21 15 4 134 121 Thursday vs. Pittsburgh
0.550 Minnesota Wild 10 5 4 1 24 19 Saturday vs. Columbus
0.547 Philadelphia Flyers 43 20 16 7 125 118 Thursday at Boston
0.535 Dallas Stars 43 17 14 12 147 136 Friday vs. Chicago
0.530 Chicago Blackhawks 84 35 30 19 230 245 Friday at Dallas
0.523 Los Angeles Kings 43 18 16 9 127 127 Friday vs. NY Rangers
0.512 Detroit Red Wings 84 36 34 14 241 240 Friday vs. Ottawa
0.500 Winnipeg Jets 11 5 5 1 29 29 Sunday vs. Montreal
0.500 Washington Capitals 36 17 17 2 123 124 Saturday vs. Carolina
0.500 Boston Bruins 86 35 35 16 248 254 Thursday vs. Philadelphia
0.500 Nashville Predators 12 6 6 0 32 32 Friday at Columbus
0.500 Columbus Blue Jackets 10 4 4 2 26 25 Friday vs. Nashville
0.500 Florida Panthers 17 7 7 3 49 52 Saturday at NY Islanders
0.494 New York Rangers 84 35 36 13 241 236 Friday at Los Angeles
0.488 Pittsburgh Penguins 43 18 19 6 142 146 Thursday at Vancouver
0.468 Toronto Maple Leafs 93 35 41 17 275 280 Thursday vs. Montreal
0.447 Calgary Flames 38 12 16 10 124 129 Saturday vs. Pittsburgh
0.371 Carolina Hurricanes 31 8 16 7 81 108 Friday vs. Tampa Bay
0.368 New York Islanders 38 9 19 10 104 127 Saturday vs. Florida
0.368 San Jose Sharks 19 5 10 4 54 68 Saturday vs. Phoenix
0.235 Anaheim Ducks 17 4 13 0 31 57 Friday at Buffalo
 
SEASON OPENERS THAT WERE PLAYED AT HOME
 
PCT TEAM GP W L T/OT GF GA
0.857 Florida Panthers 7 5 0 2 27 16
0.833 Minnesota Wild 6 5 1 0 22 13
0.789 New Jersey Devils 19 12 1 6 77 45
0.719 Colorado Avalanche 16 10 3 3 65 43
0.688 Washington Capitals 16 11 5 0 60 47
0.688 Edmonton Oilers 24 15 6 3 80 65
0.684 Phoenix Coyotes 19 12 5 2 75 59
0.684 Montreal Canadiens 57 34 13 10 203 119
0.680 Buffalo Sabres 25 15 6 4 95 74
0.667 Tampa Bay Lightning 12 7 3 2 45 30
0.647 St. Louis Blues 17 10 5 2 68 51
0.636 Dallas Stars 22 12 6 4 82 63
0.634 Chicago Blackhawks 41 20 9 12 123 108
0.620 Boston Bruins 54 28 15 11 191 159
0.612 Detroit Red Wings 49 27 16 6 146 112
0.611 Philadelphia Flyers 27 15 9 3 89 73
0.607 Vancouver Canucks 28 15 9 4 89 72
0.571 Columbus Blue Jackets 7 3 2 2 18 16
0.571 Nashville Predators 7 4 3 0 20 15
0.563 Winnipeg Jets 8 4 3 1 24 21
0.542 Los Angeles Kings 24 10 8 6 77 65
0.525 Calgary Flames 20 8 7 5 72 59
0.521 New York Rangers 24 10 9 5 80 70
0.509 Toronto Maple Leafs 57 23 22 12 175 159
0.500 New York Islanders 6 2 2 2 19 17
0.500 Anaheim Ducks 4 2 2 0 10 15
0.478 Pittsburgh Penguins 23 9 10 4 67 65
0.471 Carolina Hurricanes 17 5 6 6 39 51
0.455 San Jose Sharks 11 4 5 2 35 41
0.429 Ottawa Senators 7 2 3 2 21 21
 
SEASON OPENERS THAT WERE PLAYED ON THE ROAD
 
PCT TEAM GP W L T/OT GF GA
0.727 Ottawa Senators 11 6 1 4 36 30
0.667 Colorado Avalanche 15 8 3 4 58 44
0.538 St. Louis Blues 26 11 9 6 83 87
0.514 Montreal Canadiens 36 15 14 7 114 113
0.500 Vancouver Canucks 12 6 6 0 45 49
0.500 Los Angeles Kings 19 8 8 3 50 62
0.500 Pittsburgh Penguins 20 9 9 2 75 81
0.500 Tampa Bay Lightning 6 3 3 0 15 20
0.483 New York Rangers 60 25 27 8 161 166
0.471 New Jersey Devils 17 7 8 2 48 59
0.467 Buffalo Sabres 15 7 8 0 32 40
0.438 Philadelphia Flyers 16 5 7 4 36 45
0.430 Chicago Blackhawks 43 15 21 7 107 137
0.429 Dallas Stars 21 5 8 8 65 73
0.417 Phoenix Coyotes 12 4 6 2 31 31
0.403 Toronto Maple Leafs 36 12 19 5 100 121
0.400 Nashville Predators 5 2 3 0 12 17
0.371 Detroit Red Wings 35 9 18 8 95 128
0.361 Calgary Flames 18 4 9 5 52 70
0.357 Edmonton Oilers 7 2 4 1 16 22
0.350 Washington Capitals 20 6 12 2 63 77
0.344 New York Islanders 32 7 17 8 85 110
0.333 Winnipeg Jets 3 1 2 0 5 8
0.333 Columbus Blue Jackets 3 1 2 0 8 9
0.297 Boston Bruins 32 7 20 5 57 95
0.250 San Jose Sharks 8 1 5 2 19 27
0.250 Carolina Hurricanes 14 3 10 1 42 57
0.250 Florida Panthers 10 2 7 1 22 36
0.154 Anaheim Ducks 13 2 11 0 21 42
0.125 Minnesota Wild 4 0 3 1 2 6
 
 
ACTIVE NHL HEAD COACHES IN SEASON OPENERS
 
PCT Head Coach G W L T/OT
1.000 Renney, Tom, Edm. 7 7 0 0
1.000 Sacco, Joe, Col. 2 2 0 0
1.000 Payne, Davis, St.L 1 1 0 0
1.000 Boucher, Guy, T.B. 1 1 0 0
0.750 Tortorella, John, NYR 8 6 2 0
0.750 Tippett, Dave, Phx. 8 5 1 2
0.667 McLellan, Todd, S.J. 3 2 1 0
0.633 Martin, Jacques, Mtl. 15 8 4 3
0.577 Ruff, Lindy, Buf. 13 7 5 1
0.571 Laviolette, Peter, Phi. 7 3 2 2
0.500 Trotz, Barry, Nsh. 12 6 6 0
0.500 Babcock, Mike, Det. 8 4 4 0
0.500 Sutter, Brent, Cgy. 4 2 2 0
0.500 Bylsma, Dan, Pit. 2 1 1 0
0.462 Murray, Terry, L.A. 13 6 7 0
0.458 Maurice, Paul, Car. 12 4 5 3
0.444 Vigneault, Alain, Van. 9 3 4 2
0.438 Wilson, Ron, Tor. 16 6 8 2
0.429 Julien, Claude, Bos. 7 3 4 0
0.333 Carlyle, Randy, Ana. 6 2 4 0
0.333 Boudreau, Bruce, Wsh. 3 1 2 0
0.333 DeBoer, Peter, N.J. 3 1 2 0
0.292 Quenneville, Joel, Chi. 12 1 6 5
0.000 Arniel, Scott, CBJ 1 0 1 0
--- Dineen, Kevin, Fla. - - - -
--- MacLean, Paul, Ott. - - - -
--- Noel, Claude, Wpg - - - -
--- Capuano, Jack, NYI - - - -
--- Gulutzan, Glen, Dal. - - - -
--- Yeo, Mike, Min. - - - -
 
LONGEST WINNING STREAKS IN SEASON OPENERS
9 1978-1986 St. Louis Blues (9-0-0)
9 1953-1961 Montreal Canadiens (9-0-0)
8 1947-1954 Detroit Red Wings (8-0-0)
8 1987-1994 Boston Bruins (8-0-0)
8 1981-1988 Colorado Avalanche (8-0-0)
7 1971-1977 Pittsburgh Penguins (7-0-0)
7 1926-1932 New York Rangers (7-0-0)
 
Longest Active Streaks
5 2006-2010 Phoenix Coyotes (5-0-0)
3 2008-2010 Winnipeg Jets (3-0-0)
3 2008-2010 St. Louis Blues (3-0-0)
 
 
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)
9 1978-1986 St. Louis Blues (9-0-0)
9 1980-1988 Colorado Avalanche (8-0-1)
9 1989-1997 New Jersey Devils (7-0-2)
9 1994-2002 Los Angeles Kings (6-0-3)
9 1953-1961 Montreal Canadiens (9-0-0)
8 1977-1984 Philadelphia Flyers (5-0-3)
 
Longest Active Streaks
5 2006-2010 Phoenix Coyotes (5-0-0)
4 2007-2010 Toronto Maple Leafs (2-0-2)
3 2008-2010 St. Louis Blues (3-0-0)
3 2008-2010 Dallas Stars (1-0-2)
3 2008-2010 Buffalo Sabres (2-0-1)
3 2008-2010 Winnipeg Jets (3-0-0)
 
LONGEST WINLESS STREAKS IN SEASON OPENERS
12 1982-1993 Detroit Red Wings (0-8-4)
10 1997-2007 St. Louis Blues (0-6-4)
8 1987-1994 Carolina Hurricanes (0-6-2)
8 1945-1952 Toronto Maple Leafs (0-4-4)
8 1939-1946 Boston Bruins (0-5-3)
7 1948-1954 New York Rangers (0-6-1)
7 1994-2000 Calgary Flames (0-4-3)
7 1972-1978 Dallas Stars (0-7-0)
7 1993-1999 Anaheim Ducks (0-7-0)
7 1981-1987 Los Angeles Kings (0-4-3)
7 1971-1977 St. Louis Blues (0-4-3)
7 1993-1999 New York Rangers (0-4-3)
Longest Active Streaks:
4 2007-2010 Anaheim Ducks (0-4-0)
4 2007-2010 Chicago Blackhawks (0-2-2)
3 2008-2010 Ottawa Senators (0-2-1)
3 2008-2010 New York Islanders (0-1-2)
LONGEST LOSING STREAKS IN SEASON OPENERS
7 1993-1999 Anaheim Ducks (0-7-0)
7 1972-1978 Dallas Stars (0-7-0)
6 1949-1954 New York Rangers (0-6-0)
6 2002-2008 Calgary Flames (0-6-0)
6 1999-2005 Pittsburgh Penguins (0-6-0)
5 1979-1983 Carolina Hurricanes (0-5-0)
5 1942-1946 New York Rangers (0-5-0)
5 1988-1992 Toronto Maple Leafs (0-5-0)
 
Longest Active Streaks:
4 2007-2010 Anaheim Ducks (0-4-0)
2 2009-2010 Minnesota Wild (0-2-0)
2 2009-2010 Boston Bruins (0-2-0)
2 2009-2010 Ottawa Senators (0-2-0)
 
FASTEST GOALS FROM THE START OF A TEAM'S SEASON OPENER
 
Date Teams/Score Scorers/Team Time
10/11/1986 MIN 4 at QUE 4 Kent Nilsson, MIN 0:10
10/07/1981 WAS 3 at BUF 5 Ryan Walter, WSH 0:12
10/31/1943 CHI 1 vs TOR 4 Bill Mosienko, CHI 0:13
10/07/1981 CHI 5 vs PIT 5 Denis Savard, CHI 0:13
10/30/1943 TOR 5 vs NYR 2 Gus Bodnar, TOR 0:15
10/04/1991 CGY 9 vs EDM 2 Theo Fleury, CGY 0:16
10/10/1974 BUF 9 vs BOS 5 Danny Gare, BUF 0:18
 
MOST GOALS IN A SEASON OPENER
 
5 Joe Malone, MTL 12/19/1917 (at OTT)
5 Harry Hyland, Mtl. Wanderers 12/19/1917 (vs TOR)
5 Babe Dye, TOR 12/16/1922   (vs MTL)
4 Reg Noble, TOR 12/19/1917   (at Mtl. Wanderers)
4 Rick Blight, VAN 10/06/1976   (at PIT)
4 Greg Adams, VAN 10/08/1987   (vs STL)
4 Chris Kontos, TB 10/07/1992   (vs CHI)
ACTIVE PLAYERS WHO HAVE SCORED 3+ GOALS IN A SEASON OPENER
3 Paul Stastny, COL 10/03/2007 (vs DAL)
3 Derek Stepan, NYR 10/09/2010 (at BUF)
 
MOST ASSISTS IN A SEASON OPENER
5 Greg Adams, NJ 10/10/1985 (at PHI)
5 John Cullen, PIT 10/05/1990 (at WSH)
 
MOST POINTS IN A SEASON OPENER
 
Player/Team Date G-A--PTS
Kevin Stevens, PIT 10/05/1990 at WSH (2-4--6)
Joe Malone, MTL 12/19/1917 at OTT (5-0--5)
Harry Hyland, Mtl. Wanderers 12/19/1917 vs TOR (5-0--5)
Babe Dye, TOR 12/16/1922 vs MTL (5-0--5)
Andy Bathgate, NYR 10/07/1955 at CHI (1-4--5)
Phil Esposito, BOS 10/10/1973 vs VAN (3-2--5)
Gilbert Perreault, BUF 10/10/1974 vs BOS (3-2--5)
Michel Goulet, QUE 10/04/1983 vs NYI (1-4--5)
Greg Adams, NJ 10/10/1985 at PHI (0-5--5)
Tom Fergus, TOR 10/09/1986 vs MTL (3-2--5)
John Cullen, PIT 10/05/1990 at WSH (0-5--5)
Steve Reinprecht, PHX 10/05/2006 vs NYI (1-4--5)
 
MOST CAREER POINTS IN SEASON OPENERS
 
Player G A PTS
Jaromir Jagr 9 21 30 (active player)
Ray Bourque 9 21 30
Wayne Gretzky 9 18 27
Joe Sakic 11 16 27
Adam Oates 1 24 25
Al MacInnis 8 17 25
Phil Esposito 11 14 25
Michel Goulet 14 11 25
Gordie Howe 8 17 25
Dale Hunter 5 19 24
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