In 2010-11, the Boston Bruins led the NHL in 5-on-5 scoring, with a ratio of 1.4. Which meant for every 1.4 goals they scored, they only allowed one against. The Bruins would go on to win their first Stanley Cup since 1972, despite a power play that struggled all season and throughout the playoffs. Boston’s 5-on-5 scoring ratio in the playoffs that year was a whopping 1.82.
As such, B’s fans will no doubt be happy to hear that their team is once again leading the league in 5-on-5 scoring ratio, with a mark of 1.59.
Here’s how all 30 teams in the league rank:
1. BOSTON 1.59
2. ANAHEIM 1.42
3. CHICAGO 1.39
4. ST LOUIS 1.38
5. LOS ANGELES 1.25
6. SAN JOSE 1.21
7. TAMPA BAY 1.18
8. MINNESOTA 1.11
9. COLORADO 1.10
10. PITTSBURGH 1.07
11. COLUMBUS 1.06
12. PHOENIX 1.03
13. NY RANGERS 1.02
14. DETROIT 1.00
15. PHILADELPHIA 0.98
16. DALLAS 0.97
17. TORONTO 0.94
18. VANCOUVER 0.94
19. WINNIPEG 0.94
20. OTTAWA 0.94
21. MONTREAL 0.90
22. WASHINGTON 0.88
23. FLORIDA 0.88
24. CAROLINA 0.88
25. NEW JERSEY 0.88
26. NY ISLANDERS 0.83
27. CALGARY 0.79
28. NASHVILLE 0.78
29. EDMONTON 0.72
30. BUFFALO 0.61
For the most part, this list comes fairly close to mirroring the Corsi* 5-on-5 list, with a few exceptions. For example, Colorado, which ranks a respectable ninth in the scoring list above but only 26th in Corsi. The difference? The Avs score on a higher percentage of their shots than most teams, and they’ve gotten great goaltending. Conversely, there’s a team like New Jersey, which ranks 25th above, but third in Corsi. The difference? You guessed it — the Devils’ low shooting and save percentages when 5-on-5.
*Corsi definition, via Extra Skater: Corsi is the number of shot attempts by a team or player. It’s used as a proxy for puck possession.
Could Raphael Diaz be on his way back to Switzerland?
We’ll know in a month.
Diaz, who lost out on the Rangers’ final blueline spot in training camp, has reported to the club’s AHL affiliate in Hartford but doesn’t seem pleased with his current situation, per the Post:
The 29-year-old Diaz, who cleared waivers last Saturday after the Blueshirts opted to keep rookie Dylan McIlrath as the club’s seventh on the blue line, is interested in the European option if he is not in the NHL.
The Blueshirts have told Diaz they will revisit the situation at the end of October, but have not promised to release him or assign him to a European team at that point.
If Diaz, a Swiss native who represented Switzerland in the 2014 Olympics, does play in Europe during the season, he would have to go through waivers in order to return to the NHL.
Diaz’s agent, Ritch Winter, told the Post that Diaz signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Rangers “to play with the Rangers.”
And it’s understandable if Diaz — a journeyman offensive defenseman — isn’t happy with this situation.
While some believe McIlrath earned his roster spot on merit, some think it’s because of his contract status. McIlrath, who’s only 23 and a former first-round pick, would’ve needed to clear waivers to go back to Hartford, and it’s believed he would’ve been claimed by another club.
Bit of uncertainty out of Vancouver regarding the health of backup goalie Jacob Markstrom.
Markstrom, a late drop from the Canucks’ 5-1 opening-night win over Calgary, has suffered a hamstring injury that will keep him sidelined for another week, the club announced on Thursday.
With Markstrom out, backup duties will stay with AHL call-up Richard Bachman, who served as Ryan Miller‘s No. 2 on Wednesday.
Now, the focus turns to how long Bachman keeps those duties.
Per a Sportsnet report, Markstrom could miss up to three weeks of action with his injury. If that’s the case, Bachman will almost certainly be called into action; the Canucks will play eight games in 17 nights starting with Saturday’s home-opener against the Flames, which includes back-to-backs in Los Angeles and Anaheim on Oct. 12 and 13.
It would be asking a lot of the No. 1, 35-year-old Ryan Miller, to shoulder that entire load.
Bachman does have some NHL experience, with nearly 50 games to his credit. That includes a 3-2-0 record with the Oilers last year, in which he posted a 2.84 GAA and .911 save percentage.