Five team stats you may find interesting


+28 — The Penguins’ goal differential. By far the best in the NHL, with second-place Tampa Bay at +17. During Pittsburgh’s current seven-game winning streak, the Pens have outscored their opposition a whopping 32-8. The worst goal differential in the NHL belongs to, not coincidentally, Buffalo, at an almost-unfathomable -34. The Sabres have been outscored 11-1 in their two meetings with the Penguins.

1 — Victories for the Dallas Stars when they outshoot their opponents, which they’ve done seven times. The latest loss in that scenario came Saturday when they outshot the Sharks, 40-29, but lost 5-3. Goaltending has been the obvious culprit in Big D, as Kari Lehtonen (4-3-4, .904 SV%) and Anders Lindback (0-3-0, .852) have struggled. Stars GM Jim Nill has even been forced to deny rumors he was interested in signing Martin Brodeur.

5 — Losses for the Avalanche in either overtime or the shootout, tied with Detroit for the most in the NHL. Last season, Colorado finished with a league-high 15 victories in the same category, including 10 wins in overtime.

20 — Third-period goals for the Flames, the most in the league. Calgary scored three times in the final frame during Saturday’s 6-4 win at Florida. As a result of their strong third-period play, the Flames have won three games that they’ve trailed after 40 minutes. Only the Rangers and Habs can say the same thing.

0 — Number of major penalties for the Detroit Red Wings. (At the other end of the spectrum? San Jose, with 12.) According to, the last time a Wings player fought in a regular-season game was Jan. 9, when Dan Cleary dropped the gloves with the Sharks’ Scott Hannan.