Tag: NHL statistics

John Tortorella

John Tortorella doesn’t care much for stat keepers


Even after seeing his team shutout the rival Islanders, Rangers coach John Tortorella can take exception with something.

This time around, Tortorella had choice words for the folks keeping stats during last night’s game. Rangers forward Brian Boyle was credited with just one blocked shot in the game after absorbing more rubber than Henrik Lundqvist did in pitching a shutout.

After the game, Tortorella sounded off to Katie Strang of ESPN New York about the lack of credit his guys got on the stat sheet.

“The league stats are ridiculous. Brian Boyle probably blocked four or five shots, he’s down for one. They shouldn’t even give us those sheets,” Tortorella said.

Both Boyle and Anton Stralman shined during a second period flurry that saw the Islanders threaten to score but come up empty thanks to their efforts. Even worse still, you can’t even blame the lack of stats on it being a homer scorekeeper as the game was at Madison Square Garden.

If you’re carrying a pen and a clipboard around John Tortorella these days, we’d suggest treading very lightly until this passes.

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

Some Stats: Brandon Dubinsky is rich and goalless

Brandon Dubinsky

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.

Some Stats: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins might be doing faceoffs wrong

ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24:  First overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers poses for a portrait during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Some Stats is a weekly feature that will run every Thursday on PHT. In Some Stats, we look at some stats.

23.6% – Ryan Nugent-Hopkin’s faceoff percentage. The first overall pick has won 13 draws while losing 42. Of course, this is typical for young players. Particularly young players that weigh like 140 pounds. Fortunately for the Oilers, Shawn Horcoff (60.4%) and newcomer Eric Belanger (57.7%) have been doing just fine in the circle.

29:21 – Average ice time for Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi. Which is what happens when Marc Staal is hurt. Girardi played 28:53 Tuesday night in Vancouver, a ridiculous 7:46 of it shorthanded. A lack of experience (read: players John Tortorella trusts) on the back end is arguably the Rangers’ biggest weakness. Even if Staal comes back and stays healthy, Glen Sather would probably like to bring in a veteran blue-liner for the playoffs. The question is, will the salary cap allow it?

.935 – Tomas Vokoun’s save percentage. Apparently starting the season on the bench didn’t send Washington’s goalie into a shame spiral. Vokoun had a rough first outing, surrendering five goals to the Lightning, but he’s been practically unbeatable since.

1 – Points for Jarome Iginla. Calgary’s captain scored a goal in the Flames’ second game of the season, a 5-2 loss to the Blues. But that’s been it so far. Not a great start for a player that finished sixth in the league last season with 86 points. To be fair, Iginla was forced to skip the entire preseason with a bad back, but he still needs to get it going with the Flames (2-3-0) struggling to put the puck in the net.

52:05 – Time Tampa Bay has spent killing penalties in its first six games. Based on what happened against the Panthers the other night, it appears the Lightning’s plan to cut down on time shorthanded is to let the other team score on the power play.