Crosby, Anderson, Rinne lead playoff week 1 stats


Thumbnail image for craig anderson.jpgThe playoffs started last Wednesday, so I figure now is a good time to take a look at some of the league leaders. Obviously, you need to keep in mind that some teams played four games while some only played three so far. That’s before we even get to such important factors like “this team played against a good defense, great goalie or both” (see: Chicago and San Jose) versus “this team feasted upon a deeply flawed opponent and some lucky breaks” (see: Pittsburgh).

Anyway, in this post, I’ll take a look at the “typical” stats. If there’s enough interesting/quirky stuff there will be a post for the more unusual stats.

Points Leaders

1. Sidney Crosby – 11 pts
2. Henrik Zetterberg – 7 pts
3 (tied with 6 points). Nicklas Backstrom
* Matt Cullen
* Mike Richards
* Ilya Kovalchuk
* and Sergei Gonchar
4. 14 players with 5 points.

Goal scoring leaders

1. Henrik Zetterberg – 5 goals
2 (tied with 4 goals). Sidney Crosby
Nicklas Backstrom
Mikael Samuelsson
Evgeni Malkin
3. 5 tied with 3 goals

Plus/minus leaders

1 (tied at +7) Sidney Crosby
Bill Guerin
2. Chris Kunitz +6
3 (tied with +5) David Legwand
Tom Poti
John Carlson
Sergei Gonchar

Goalie Saves

1. Craig Anderson – 165
2. Ilya Bryzgalov – 131
3. Jimmy Howard – 117
4. Brian Boucher – 98
5. Evgeni Nabokov – 94

(Yup, that means Anderson faced 71 more shots than Nabokov in four games so far. Wow.)

Save percentage

1. Pekka Rinne – 95.3% (82 saves in three games so far for Rinne who will likely pass Boucher and Nabokov in saves through four games.)
2. Craig Anderson – 94.8%
3. Tuukka Rask – 93.6%
4. Ryan Miller 92.9%
5. Antti Niemi – 92.7%

Goals Against Average

1. Pekka Rinne – 1.35 GAA
2. Brian Boucher – 1.98 GAA
3(tied with 2.01 GAA). Tuukka Rask
Antti Niemi (both are tied in being Finnish, too)
4. Craig Anderson – 2.11 GAA
5 (tied at 2.12 GAA) Semyon Varlamov
Evgeni Nabokov (Tied in Russian-ness too!)

So far, there have been some amazing goalie performances. Who’s been better so far: Craig Anderson or Pekka Rinne? Either way, it’s pretty hard to throw Antti Niemi under the bus for the Blackhawks’ struggles. Right?

Memorial Cup champion goalie Appleby signs with Devils

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Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.

Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.

Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.

Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.

PHT Morning Skate: NHL stars weigh in on McDavid

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)

While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)

Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (