27:00 — The average ice time for Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang. No NHL defenseman has averaged more. Not Ryan Suter. Not Drew Doughty. Second among Penguins blue-liners is Letang’s partner, Ian Cole, at 21:32. Then there’s another big drop-off to Ben Lovejoy at 17:55, while Olli Maatta is averaging just 16:39.
21:25 — Sidney Crosby‘s average ice time. No NHL forward has averaged more. So the Penguins have the defenseman who’s playing the most and the forward who’s playing the most. Crosby and Letang are, of course, very good players; they should play a lot. But there’s a reason people wonder about the Penguins’ depth. Or, if not that, they wonder if coach Mike Johnston is deploying his players properly.
549 — Ryan Miller‘s minutes played. No goalie has played more. Ben Bishop is second at 541. The common denominator there? Injured backups. Jacob Markstrom is hurt for the Canucks; Andrei Vasilevskiy for the Lightning. Miller (.930 SV%) has been excellent so far, but Richard Bachman could see his first action Thursday or Friday when the Canucks play back-to-back in Dallas and Arizona, respectively. Kristers Gudlevskis was outstanding the other night in Chicago while giving Bishop a rest, but the Lightning lost 1-0 in overtime.
36 — Shots for Kings winger Dustin Brown. That’s the most of any player who’s yet to score. Jakub Voracek is next at 34, followed by three players — Tyler Johnson, Jason Pominville, and Torey Krug — who have 24.
10 — Assists for underrated Arizona center Martin Hanzal. That’s the most in the NHL. Hanzal missed last night’s 6-0 loss in Boston with a lower-body injury. Before that, he’d skated mostly with youngsters Anthony Duclair and Tobias Rieder. “To have a guy like Marty on your team makes a huge difference,” captain Shane Doan told ESPN. “We lost him last year, and that was probably the beginning of the end for us. He’s probably out most important forward.”