Some Stats is a weekly feature that will run every Thursday on PHT. In Some Stats, we look at some stats.
0 – Goals for Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky in his first seven games. Probably not the start he was looking for after signing a four-year, $16.8-million contract. Not that any of his mates are lighting it up either, but let’s do some baseless speculating, just for fun — with the Rangers in need of help on the back end, would Glen Sather consider trading Dubinsky? Slats would probably see if he could interest anyone in a Wojtek Wolski first, but I bet he wouldn’t hang up on any offers for No. 17. Dubinsky and management haven’t exactly had the most cordial relationship in the past.
25:32 – Average ice-time for Anaheim’s Cam Fowler, the most of any Duck. Say, do you think Sather regrets passing on smooth-skating Fowler in the 2010 draft to pick big-and-tough (and slow) defenseman Dylan McIlrath? That decision raised a lot of eyebrows at the time. And while McIlrath (currently with Moose Jaw of the WHL) could still prove his detractors wrong, Fowler’s already showing he can log big minutes in the NHL.
9 – Number of teams with fewer points than games played. And they are…Columbus, Winnipeg, Montreal, Boston, NY Islanders, Calgary, Nashville, Ottawa and Vancouver. So among the early-season strugglers you’ve got the two Stanley Cup finalists and five out of seven Canadian teams (everyone except the Leafs and Oilers…which is kind of insane.) Presumably a few of those teams will crawl out of the holes they’ve dug for themselves. But it’s worth noting the Chicago Blackhawks started slow last year as defending champs and barely made it back to the playoffs. You also have to wonder if this is finally the year the Preds will actually perform the way they look on paper. Expect the Ryan Suter trade speculation to heat up if Nashville doesn’t turn it around in the next couple of months.
5 – Goals for Colorado’s David Jones. The 27-year-old had a breakout 2010-11 season with the Avs, matching his current age in goals. Jones signed a one-year, $2.5-million contract over the summer and is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Vancouver native was drafted in the ninth round, 288th overall, by Colorado in the 2003 draft. Pretty impressive, considering they don’t even have a ninth round anymore.
97.1% – Pittsburgh’s penalty-killing percentage. The Pens have gone shorthanded 35 times and surrendered just one power-play goal against. Oh, and they have three shorthanded goals, so they’re actually plus-2 on the PK.