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A statistical look at 2011-12 at three-quarter mark

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 10:53 AM / Inside the Numbers

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

It's hard to believe, but the 2011-12 regular season is in the home stretch. The three-quarter mark passed Saturday night, and less than six weeks remain before all 30 teams wrap the regular-season.

Here's a look at the season so far, by the numbers:

0 -- Shootout victories by the Carolina Hurricanes. The 'Canes are the only team that has yet to win a post-overtime tiebreaker (they've lost six), and are trying to avoid becoming only the second team since the shootout was adopted to go through a whole season without winning one. The only one so far: the 2006-07 Hurricanes, who were 0-5.

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1 -- Goals credited to goaltenders. Carolina's Cam Ward received credit for an empty-net goal against New Jersey on Dec. 26 when he made a save and New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk accidentally passed the puck into his own net. It was the first goal by a goaltender since Chris Mason of Nashville had one in April 2006.

2 -- Games that have gone scoreless through 65 minutes. They came within a week of each other, and the visiting team won both times: The New York Rangers beat Buffalo 1-0 in a shootout Feb. 1; the Islanders did the same in Philadelphia on Feb. 7.

3 -- Most hat tricks by one player so far this season. Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin has had a trio of three-goal games -- two of them against the Tampa Bay Lightning, including one this past Saturday.

4 -- Most goals by a player in one game this season. It's been done three times: Matt Moulson of the Islanders did it at Dallas on Dec. 3, Lars Eller of Montreal had four against Winnipeg on Jan. 4; and Sam Gagner scored four times against Chicago on Feb. 2.

5 -- Assists by Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (vs. Chicago on Nov. 19) and Philadelphia's Claude Giroux (vs. Buffalo on Feb. 16), the most by a player in one game this season.

6 -- Shutouts by each of St. Louis' two goaltenders, Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott -- the first time in NHL history that a team has had multiple goaltenders with more than five shutouts in a season. The Blues' 12 shutouts are the most by any team so far.

7 -- Power-play goals scored on the road by the St. Louis Blues, by far the fewest of any team. The Blues' 8.6-percent road power-play success rate nearly is five percentage points worse than any other team -- and more than 10 percentage points behind their performance at home (18.8 percent).

8 -- Points by Gagner against the Blackhawks in Edmonton's 8-4 win Feb. 2. Not only did Gagner have the most points by any player this season, the eight points are the most by anyone since Mario Lemieux had eight on New Year's Eve in 1988.

9 -- Most goals scored in a game by one team. The Philadelphia Flyers were the only club to score (Nov. 5 vs. Columbus) and allow (Oct. 27 vs. Winnipeg) nine goals in a game. Edmonton (Nov. 19 vs. Chicago) and Boston (Jan. 5 vs. Calgary) also scored nine times.

10 -- Shootout wins by New Jersey, three more than any other team in the League. The 10 shootout wins (in 13 tries) are a major reason the Devils entered the final quarter of the season in the top six in the Eastern Conference.

11 -- Regulation losses by Columbus when scoring first, the most of any team in the NHL. In all, the Blue Jackets are 12-11-4 when they get the first goal (.444); the League average winning percentage is .668.

John Tavares
Center - NYI
GOALS: 25 | ASST: 36 | PTS: 61
SOG: 228 | +/-: 0
12 -- Consecutive games with at least one point by the Islanders' John Tavares, the longest in the League through the first three-quarters of the season. Tavares had 21 points in 12 games from Dec. 29 to Jan. 21.

13 -- Losses by Carolina in games that go beyond 60 minutes, the most of any team. The Hurricanes have dropped seven games decided in the five-minute overtime and six more in the shootout. In all, the 'Canes have played 32 games decided by a single goal -- and lost 23 of them; their .290 winning percentage is a League low.

14 -- Percentage of games that went to a shootout through the first 75 percent of the season. Projected over a full season, that's 172 shootouts, which would be a sizeable jump from 149 last season and the second-highest total ever.

17 -- Games won by Vancouver and Boston when the margin of victory was more than three goals, tying them for the most by any team. The Bruins are 17-4 in three-goal games; the Canucks are 17-5.

18 -- Goals by Calgary's Curtis Glencross on 76 shots through Saturday's games, making him the NHL's sharpest shooter. Glencross' 23.7 shooting percentage was 0.6 better than Nashville's Sergei Kostitsyn (23.1 percent). Among 20-goal scorers, the only players connecting on more than 20 percent of their shots were Detroit's Jiri Hudler (22.7) and Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal (21.9).

23 -- Consecutive home wins by the Detroit Red Wings from Nov. 5 (5-0 vs. Anaheim) through Feb. 19 (3-2 vs. San Jose), breaking the previous mark of 20 held by the 1929-30 Bruins and matched by the 1975-76 Flyers.

33:56 -- Ice time by Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang in the Penguins' game against San Jose on Nov. 3, the most by any player so far this season.

34 -- Victories by Nashville's Pekka Rinne, the most of any goaltender through the season's first three quarters. Rinne also led all goaltenders with 56 games played; Detroit's Jimmy Howard was second in victories with 32 despite playing only 47 games (he missed time with a broken finger).

43 -- Goals by Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, the most by any player through the first three-quarters of the season and just two short of his total for all of 2010-11. Malkin was second with 36; no one else had more than 31.

55 -- Shots by the Flyers in their 5-4 win at Winnipeg on Feb. 21, the most by any team thus far this season. The 50 saves by Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec are the most by a goaltender in a game this season.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery