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OPENING NIGHT FACT AND FIGURES

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League opens its 90th anniversary season Saturday when the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks face the Los Angeles Kings in the first of the two-game Premiere 2007 series in London, England (noon, ET, CBC, HDNet). Following is a look at team and individual performances in season-opening games:


TEAMS' RECORD IN SEASON OPENERS THROUGH 2006-07
PCT TEAM GP W L T/OT GF GA
.685 Colorado Avalanche 27 15 5 7 106 74
.679 Ottawa Senators 14 7 2 5 48 37
.672 New Jersey Devils 32 18 7 7 117 91
.643 Tampa Bay Lightning 14 8 4 2 49 38
.618 Montreal Canadiens 89 47 26 16 307 224
.597 Buffalo Sabres 36 20 13 3 120 104
.597 Vancouver Canucks 36 20 13 3 123 112
.593 Edmonton Oilers 27 14 9 4 84 79
.583 Minnesota Wild 6 3 2 1 15 10
.577 Florida Panthers 13 6 4 3 38 35
.564 St. Louis Blues 39 18 13 8 138 129
.544 Chicago Blackhawks 80 35 28 17 222 233
.538 Dallas Stars 39 16 13 10 134 122
.526 Philadelphia Flyers 39 17 15 7 114 110
.526 Los Angeles Kings 39 16 14 9 118 116
.519 Phoenix Coyotes 27 12 11 4 89 82
.513 Detroit Red Wings 80 34 32 14 230 231
.512 Boston Bruins 82 34 32 16 239 237
.500 Washington Capitals 32 15 15 2 110 111
.487 Pittsburgh Penguins 39 16 17 6 132 134
.481 New York Rangers 80 32 35 13 226 227
.471 Calgary Flames 34 11 13 10 117 113
.455 Toronto Maple Leafs 89 33 41 15 263 269
.375 Nashville Predators 8 3 5 0 20 24
.357 Atlanta Thrashers 7 2 4 1 11 18
.353 New York Islanders 34 8 18 8 90 114
.333 Carolina Hurricanes 27 6 15 6 69 97
.333 Columbus Blue Jackets 6 1 3 2 13 17
.308 Anaheim Ducks 13 4 9 0 28 41
.300 San Jose Sharks 15 3 9 3 43 58

NHL CLUBS' RECORD IN SEASON OPENERS PLAYED AT HOME
PCT TEAM GP W L T/OT GF GA
1.000 Minnesota Wild 3 3 0 0 14 6
.857 Florida Panthers 7 5 0 2 27 16
.844 New Jersey Devils 16 11 0 5 70 35
.708 Colorado Avalanche 12 7 2 3 48 30
.705 Buffalo Sabres 22 14 5 3 89 65
.688 Washington Capitals 16 11 5 0 60 47
.684 Montreal Canadiens 57 34 13 10 203 119
.675 Edmonton Oilers 20 12 5 3 68 57
.667  Anaheim Ducks 3 2 1 0 9 11
.667  Tampa Bay Lightning 9 5 2 2 36 24
.650 Dallas Stars 20 12 6 2 76 56
.647 Phoenix Coyotes 17 10 5 2 69 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 81 68
.622 Detroit Red Wings 45 25 14 6 135 103
.620 Vancouver Canucks 25 14 8 3 81 68
.600 St. Louis Blues 15 8 5 2 61 48
.545  Los Angeles Kings 22 9 7 6 70 58
.528 Calgary Flames 18 7 6 5 65 53
.500 New York Islanders 4 2 2 0 12 10
.500 Toronto Maple Leafs 54 22 22 10 166 150
.500 Ottawa Senators 5 2 2 1 17 15
.500 Columbus Blue Jackets 4 1 1 2 10 12
.500 New York Rangers 23 9 9 5 75 68
.476 Pittsburgh Penguins 21 8 9 4 62 60
.464 Carolina Hurricanes 14 4 5 5 31 43
.400 Nashville Predators 5 2 3 0 12 14
.400 San Jose Sharks 10 3 5 2 31 40
.375 Atlanta Thrashers 4 1 2 1 5 10

NHL CLUBS' RECORD IN SEASON OPENERS PLAYED ON THE ROAD
PCT TEAM GP W L T/OT GF GA
.778 Ottawa Senators 9 5 0 4 31 22
.667 Tampa Bay Lightning 15 8 3 4 58 44
.545 Vancouver Canucks 11 6 5 0 42 44
.542 St. Louis Blues 24 10 8 6 77 81
.500 Montreal Canadiens 32 13 13 6 104 105
.500 Pittsburgh Penguins 18 8 8 2 70 74
.500 Los Angeles Kings 17 7 7 3 48 58
.500 New Jersey Devils 16 7 7 2 47 56
.474 New York Rangers 57 23 26 8 151 159
.450 Chicago Blackhawks 40 15 19 6 102 128
.429 Buffalo Sabres 14 6 8 0 31 39
.421 Dallas Stars 19 4 7 8 58 66
.406 Calgary Flames 16 4 7 5 52 60
.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
.333 New York Islanders 30 6 16 8 78 104
.333 Nashville Predators 3 1 2 0 8 10
.333 Atlanta Thrashers 3 1 2 0 5 8
.313 Washington Capitals 16 4 10 2 50 64
.308 Philadelphia Flyers 13 2 7 4 28 41
.300 Phoenix Coyotes 10 2 6 2 20 26
.283 Boston Bruins 30 6 19 5 51 87
.250 Florida Panthers 6 1 4 1 11 19
.200 Anaheim Ducks 10 2 8 0 19 30
.192 Carolina Hurricanes 13 2 10 1 38 54
.167 Minnesota Wild 3 0 2 1 1 4
.100 San Jose Sharks 5 0 4 1 12 18
.000 Columbus Blue Jackets 2 0 2 0 3 5


 






































ACTIVE NHL HEAD COACHES IN SEASON OPENERS
Head Coach GP W L T/OT PCT.
Tom Renney, NYR 4 4 0 0 1.000
Michel Therrien, Pit 3 3 0 0 1.000
Randy Carlyle, Ana 2 2 0 0 1.000
Dave Tippett, Dal 4 3 0 1 .875
John Tortorella, TB 5 4 1 0 .800
Craig MacTavish, Edm 6 4 1 1 .750
Jacques Martin, Fla 12 7 2 3 .708
Claude Julien, Bos 3 2 1 0 .667
Jacques Lemaire, Min 12 7 3 2 .667
Ken Hitchcock, CBJ 10 5 2 3 .650
John Paddock, Ott 4 2 1 1 .625
Marc Crawford, LA 11 6 4 1 .591
Andy Murray, STL 6 3 2 1 .583
Mike Keenan, Cgy 15 6 5 4 .567
Bob Hartley, Atl 8 3 2 3 .563
Lindy Ruff, Buf 9 5 4 0 .556
Glen Hanlon, Wsh 2 1 1 0 .500
Alain Vigneault, Van 5 2 2 1 .500
Mike Babcock, Det 4 2 2 0 .500
Guy Carbonneau, Mtl 1 0 0 1 .500
Wayne Gretzky, Phx 2 1 1 0 .500
Paul Maurice, Tor 9 3 4 2 .444
Peter Laviolette, Car 4 1 2 1 .375
Barry Trotz, Nsh 8 3 5 0 .375
Ron Wilson, SJ 12 4 8 0 .333
Ted Nolan, NYI 3 1 2 0 .333
Joel Quenneville, Col 9 0 6 3 .222
Denis Savard, Chi - - - - -
Brent Sutter, NJ - - - - -
John Stevens, Phi - - - - -

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
4 2002-2006 Tampa Bay Lightning
4 2002-2006 Vancouver Canucks

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) Active
9 1994-2002 Los Angeles Kings (6-0-3)
9 1980-1988 Colorado Avalanche (8-0-1)
9 1953-1961 Montreal Canadiens (9-0-0)
9 1989-1997 New Jersey Devils (7-0-2)
9 1978-1986 St. Louis Blues (9-0-0)

LONGEST WINLESS STREAKS IN SEASON OPENERS
12 1982-1993 Detroit Red Wings (0-8-4)
9 1997-2006 St. Louis Blues (0-5-4) 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)

LONGEST ACTIVE STREAK
4 2002-2006 New York Islanders (0-4-0)
4 2002-2006 Calgary Flames (0-4-0)

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 Adam Brown, DET 10/28/45 (vs BOS)
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 Brendan Shanahan, STL 10/07/1993 (vs FLA)
3 Brendan Shanahan, DET 10/04/2001 (at SJ)

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 (5-0-5)
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
Brendan Shanahan, NYR 12
Joe Sakic, COL 11
Mats Sundin, TOR 10

MOST CAREER POINTS IN SEASON OPENERS
  G A PTS
Ray Bourque 9 21 30
Jaromir Jagr 9 19 28 Active
Wayne Gretzky 9 18 27
Joe Sakic 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
Jaromir Jagr, NYR 9 19 28
Joe Sakic, COL 11 15 26
Brendan Shanahan, NYR 12 9 21
Mats Sundin, TOR 10 11 21
Mike Modano, DAL 9 12 21
Mark Recchi, PIT 7 14 21
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