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Numbers At The Quarter Point Of The NHL Regular Season

via the NHL PR department,

By the Numbers: The first quarter of the 2021-22 NHL regular season, with comparative stats through 328 games. The 2021-22 regular season reached the quarter mark Sunday, Nov. 28.

2,018 – Points by players age 25 or younger (39.2% of 5,155 overall), marking the seventh straight season to feature at least 2,000 at this stage. The Red Wings lead the NHL with 110 (38-72—110 in 22 GP), including 35 by Lucas Raymond (9-12—21 in 22 GP) and Moritz Seider (2-12—14 in 22 GP) who pace rookie forwards and defensemen, respectively, in scoring this season.

164 – Points that Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (20-20—40 in 20 GP) is on pace for, a single-season total achieved by only two different players in NHL historyWayne Gretzky (8x; last: 54-114—168 in 1988-89) and Mario Lemieux (2x; last: 85-114—199 in 1988-89).

147 – Points that Oilers captain Connor McDavid (14-22—36 in 20 GP) is on pace for, which would shatter his current single-season career high (41-75—116 in 2018-19) and mark his fifth NHL campaign with a triple-digit total.

82 – Goals that Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (20-20—40 in 20 GP) is on pace for, a single-season total reached by only Wayne Gretzky (2x; last: 87 G in 1983-84), Brett Hull (86 G in 1990-91) and Mario Lemieux (85 G in 1988-89). Draisaitl is the first NHLer with 20 goals through 20 games played in a season since Philadelphia’s Simon Gagne in 2005-06 (20-11—31).

78 – Percentage of goals scored at even strength (1,488 of 1,910 goals scored in regulation/OT), the highest such percentage at this stage of a season in nearly 50 years (79% in 1972-73: 1,682 of 2,129 goals).

72 – Percentage of games that have been decided by a one-goal margin or multiple goals with an empty-net tally (237 of 328 GP), tied for the highest percentage in League history at this stage of a season (with 2020-21 & 2015-16).

45 – Hits per game (rounded up from 44.7), the highest rate at this stage since 2015-16 (47.2).

43 – Players averaging at least one point per game this season (min. 5 GP).

20 – Years since the Oilers and Flames last occupied the top two spots in their division at this stage. Calgary (13-3-6, 32 points) and Edmonton (14-6-4, 32 points) ranked first and second place, respectively, in the Northwest Division through games played Nov. 23, 2001.

14 – League-leading road goals total by Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane (14-0—14 in 13 GP), which is nearly halfway to the franchise record for most in a season achieved by Jarome Iginla in 2007-08 (29-25—54 in 41 GP). Mangiapane (15-2—17 in 21 GP), who needs just three tallies to match his single-season career high (18 G in 2020-21), is on pace to become the ninth different Flames player with a 50-goal campaign.

12 – League-leading win total since Nov. 1 by the Maple Leafs, who concluded the month with a 12-2-0 (24 points) record. Their 12 wins were the most in any calendar month in franchise history.

11 – Consecutive wins by the Panthers at FLA Live Arena from the start of the season until Nov. 27, when they fell to the Kraken. Florida matched the NHL record for longest season-opening home winning streak, a mark set by Chicago in 1963-64.

11 – Go-ahead goals scored during the final two minutes of regulation, including four in the last 30 seconds by Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren (59:59 on Nov. 21), Wild forward Marcus Foligno (59:52 on Oct. 15), Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly (59:48 on Nov. 13) and Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto (59:32 on Nov. 14).

10 – Game-tying goals scored during the final minute of regulation, including three in the last 10 seconds by Wild forward Ryan Hartman (59:57 on Nov. 6), Blues defenseman Torey Krug (59:51 on Nov. 3) and Flyers captain Claude Giroux (59:51 on Nov. 18). Krug’s marker was a shorthanded goal.

9 – Power-play goals by Rangers forward Chris Kreider, which rank second in the NHL behind Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (10 PPG) – the highest single-season total by a New York player is 24, achieved by Jaromir Jagr in 2005-06 (since 1933-34 when goals by type were officially tracked). Overall, Kreider (15-3—18 in 20 GP) is on pace to score 61 goals this season, which would establish a new franchise record.

8 – Length of the season-opening winning streak by new Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen. He became the third netminder in NHL history with wins in each of his first eight appearances from the start of his tenure with a franchise, joining Bob Froese with Philadelphia (8-0-0 from Jan. 8-27, 1983) and Martin Jones with Los Angeles (8-0-0 from Dec. 3-21, 2013).

7 – Wins by the Kraken, including victories against the Capitals, Hurricanes and Panthers since Nov. 21. Washington, Carolina and Florida currently occupy three of the top four spots in the NHL standings.

7 – Shutout wins by the Flames, who became the first team with as many prior to their 20th game in a season since 1929-30 (when forward passing was permitted inside all three zones). Jacob Markstrom has earned five shutouts, which lead the NHL.

6 – Teams that did not qualify for the First Round in each of the last two or more postseasons which either occupy a playoff spot or are within two points of one: NY Rangers (13-4-3, 29 points; 3rd in Metropolitan), Anaheim (11-8-3, 25 points; 3rd in Pacific), San Jose (11-9-1, 23 points; 5th in Pacific), Detroit (10-9-3, 23 points; 4th in Atlantic), New Jersey (9-6-4, 22 points; 6th in Metropolitan) and Los Angeles (9-8-3, 21 points; 6th in Pacific).

4 – Teams occupying a postseason spot who did not qualify for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs (NY Rangers, Calgary, Anaheim & Columbus). The Ducks concluded the 2020-21 NHL season occupying 30th place in the League standings (17-30-9, 43 points).

4 – Birth countries represented among the five highest-scoring rookies this season (Lucas Raymond: Sweden; Michael Bunting: Canada; Trevor Zegras: United States; Moritz Seider: Germany; Dawson Mercer: Canada).

4 – Points separating 2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic opponents Minnesota (14-6-1, 29 points) and St. Louis (11-7-3, 25 points), which rank first and second place, respectively, in the Central Division standings.

3 – Instances of a player recording a double-digit point streak, achieved by Oilers captain Connor McDavid (12-20—32 in 17 GP), Ducks forward Troy Terry (12-10—22 in 16 GP) and Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri (6-15—21 in 10 GP). Penguins forward Jake Guentzel (5-5—10 in 9 GP) owns an active nine-game run through Nov. 28.

3 – Wins required by Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (497) to become the third netminder in NHL history to reach 500. He would join Martin Brodeur (691) and Patrick Roy (551).

2 – Power-play goals required by Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (273 PPG) to pass Dave Andreychuk (274 PPG) for sole possession of the most in NHL history. Andreychuk has been the League’s outright leader since 2002-03, when he leapfrogged Phil Esposito.

1 – Goals required by Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (19-18—37 in 22 GP) to reach 20 for the 17th time in as many seasons.

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jhpcarrier97's avatar

Hey Hockey fans, I have been racking up the highlights each night @11 pm on YOU TUBE, a great way to get free extra action on the NHL.  I’m quite impressed with the league so far this year, the Wings can be exciting but there is so much more watching the highlights.  They even show the good fights which is a treat and in short supply nowadays.
Scout the next Wing opponent….looks like the Kraken should be easy pickings if the Wings play their game and not play down to them!

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 11/29/21 at 02:25 PM ET

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