PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 24: Linesman Tim Nowak #77 drops the puck as Brayden Schenn #10 of the Philadelphia Flyers faces off with Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers on October 24, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

A collection of ugly team statistics


We’ve seen some spectacular goals and great saves already this season. There are teams that have defied expectations and players that have put themselves on the map.

We’re not talking about them right now.

Let’s instead focus on the bottom of the barrel. Here are some of the worst looking team-based statistics in the NHL right now:

  • The New York Rangers have a goals for/against ratio in 5-on-5 situations of just 0.30. In fact, through eight games this season, the Rangers have scored just six goals when both teams were at full strength. To give that some context, the team with the least 5-on-5 goals last season was New Jersey with 65 in 48 games. The worst ratio was Florida’s 0.57.
  • Just how important is getting on the board first in the NHL? Last season the team that scored first had a 504-140-73 record. This season though, there are a few teams that haven’t managed to benefit from that early lead. The Edmonton Oilers are just 1-4-1 in those situations while New Jersey is 1-2-4. However, the worst by far is the Buffalo Sabres — sort of. Buffalo has actually only scored the first goal once this season and they lost that game in overtime.
  • The Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils, and Sabres have a combined 0-8-2 record when outshooting their opponents.
  • The Anaheim Ducks have done a lot of things right this season, but one thing they can’t seem to do is capitalize on their power-play chances. They are just three-for-44 with the man advantage. Montreal, Los Angeles, and Vancouver all have as many shorthanded goals as the Ducks do power-play markers.
  • The Flyers still haven’t scored more than two goals in a game — and they aren’t even last in the league in terms of goals/game. That would be the Sabres at 1.42 to Philadelphia’s 1.44.
  • The Calgary Flames can’t seem to hold their own in the faceoff circle. They have just a 42.9 percentage on the draw so far this season. The worst team of the salary cap era has been the 2010-11 Edmonton Oilers with a 44.2% success rate.
  • Goalie nods: Prized Jets prospect Hellebuyck makes NHL debut

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    The future of Winnipeg’s goaltending will be on display tonight in Minnesota.

    Connor Hellebuyck, the highly-touted prospect that starred for Team USA at the 2015 World Hockey Championships, will make his NHL debut today when the Jets take on the Wild at Xcel.

    Hellebuyck is up with the Jets following an injury to No. 1 (or, “No. 1”) netminder Ondrej Pavelec, who’s out until January with a lower-body injury. An AHL All-Star a year ago, Hellebuyck arrived in Winnipeg with great fanfare and it’ll be interesting to see how he responds to the hype and pressure that come along with his first-ever big league start.

    For the Wild, Devan Dubnyk‘s in goal.


    Corey Crawford goes for Chicago in Anaheim. No word yet on who the Ducks will have in goal.

    Braden Holtby starts again for Washington, as the Caps host the Bolts. Tampa Bay has yet to name a starter, much like the Ducks.

    Marc-Andre Fleury takes on Sergei Bobrovsky in Columbus tonight, as the Blue Jackets host the Penguins.

    Mike Condon is back in the starter’s role for Montreal with Carey Price sidelined, and his first order of business is a road date against Cory Schneider and the Devils in New Jersey.

    Cam Ward faces Chad Johnson as Buffalo welcomes the ‘Canes.

    — The Isles will start Jaroslav Halak in Florida. The Panthers will counter with Roberto Luongo.

    Cam Talbot finally gets back into the starter’s role tonight in Detroit. Jimmy Howard will go for the Wings.

    — It’s Ryan Miller versus Antti Niemi as the Canucks take on the Stars in Dallas.

    — Even though Jonas Hiller is healthy and Joni Ortio‘s in the minors, Calgary will stick with Karri Ramo in Arizona. The Coyotes are going with their No. 1, Mike Smith.

    ‘We’re still right in the hunt for everything’ — Parise will play tonight versus Jets

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    For the first time since Nov. 5, Zach Parise will suit up for the Minnesota Wild.

    The team confirmed today that Parise will be in the lineup tonight at home versus Winnipeg. The 31-year-old forward has missed the last eight contests with a sprained MCL.

    The Wild were 7-2-2 before Parise got hurt. They lost the game against Nashville in which he suffered the injury, then went 4-3-1 without him.

    “I’m just hoping to get back to form as quick as possible and go from there,” Parise told the Star Tribune. “I’m not thinking I need to score right out of the gate, I just want to play. … We’re still right in the hunt for everything. We’ll be fine.”

    After ’embarrassing’ loss to Sens, Stars motivated for Canucks

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    The Vancouver Canucks will face a pretty motivated Dallas Stars team tonight at American Airlines Center.

    Blame the Ottawa Senators. They were the ones who smoked the Stars, 7-4, on Tuesday.

    “It brings you back down to earth,” captain Jamie Benn told the Stars’ website. “You learn that any team can come in here and whip your butt. It was embarrassing for us, especially in our home rink and in front of our home fans. We don’t want that to happen again.”

    The Stars have had their way with the Canucks in recent years. The last time Vancouver won in Dallas was Feb. 21, 2013. Since then, victories have included scorelines like 5-1, 4-1, 6-1, and 6-3.

    The Stars have already hosted the Canucks once in Dallas this season. On Oct. 29, they fought back from a 3-1 third-period deficit to win, 4-3, in overtime.

    Dallas (17-5-0) has yet to lose consecutive games this season.

    Video: Beleskey rocks Stepan, fights McIlrath (Update: Stepan won’t return)


    Well, Matt Beleskey sure made his presence felt in the Thanksgiving Showdown.

    With the Rangers leading the Bruins 2-1 midway through the second period, Beleskey delivered a huge hit on Rangers forward Derek Stepan, then had to answer the bell as he was immediately confronted by towering Blueshirts d-man Dylan McIlrath.

    Needless to say, it had a pretty profound effect on the game.

    McIlrath got the instigator penalty for the fight, which sent the B’s to the power play. Not long after, Brett Connolly scored his fifth of the year to even the score at 2-2.

    Then, later in the period, Stepan was spotted going down the Rangers’ tunnel.

    We’ll keep tabs on Stepan’s condition moving forward, and if the comes out for the third period.

    There’s a pretty good chance New York bench boss Alain Vigneault will be asked for his thoughts on the hit, too, so stay tuned.

    Update: The Rangers have ruled out Stepan for the remainder of the contest.