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The NHL Has Reached The Quarter Mark

11/24/2022 at 12:03pm EST

via the NHL PR department,

By the Numbers: The first quarter of the 2022-23 regular season, with comparative stats through 317 games. The 2022-23 regular season will reach the quarter mark with the 11th of 14 games scheduled for Friday, Nov. 25 (328 of 1,312 games).

Offense, Competitiveness and Back-and-Forth Action Defines First Quarter
6.3 – Goals-per-game rate in 2022-23, the highest rate at this stage of a season (317 GP) in the past 28 campaigns (tied w/ 2005-06 and 1995-96).

22 – Number of third-period, multi-goal comeback wins this season, the most ever at this stage of a campaign.

32 – Number of teams with at least one comeback win this season, with 25 of those clubs also staging at least one multi-goal comeback victory.

42 – Number of multi-goal comeback wins so far in 2022-23 (13% of games), the third time in five seasons – and fourth time in NHL history – we’ve had as many at this stage of a campaign (also 48 in 2018-19, 45 in 2019-20 and 43 in 1986-87).

46 – Percentage of games that have been comeback wins (146 of 317 GP), the highest at this stage of a season in NHL history (tied w/ 2012-13). The highest end of season total is 44%, seen in 2005-06 (537 of 1,230 GP).

47.6 – Hits per game in 2022-23, the third-highest rate on record at this stage of a season behind 1999-00 (50.3) and 2000-01 (47.7).

73 – Percentage of games decided by a one-goal margin or 2+ goals following an empty-net tally (231 of 317 GP), the highest rate at this stage of a season in NHL history.

74 – Number of go-ahead goals in the final five minutes of regulation, the second most ever at this stage of a season, behind 2018-19 (75 in 317 GP).

227 – Games with at least one tying goal, tied with 2005-06 for the most at this stage of a season in the past 35 years (since 1987-88). The number of game-tying goals stands at 377 so far in 2022-23, second most at this stage over the past 28 seasons (behind only 2005-06: 381).


Teams Making Push for Playoff Turnover
6 – Number of non-playoff teams from 2022 that currently hold a playoff spot: New Jersey (No. 1 in Metropolitan), NY Islanders (No. 2 in Metropolitan), Detroit (No. 3 in Atlantic), Vegas (No. 1 in Pacific), Seattle (No. 2 in Pacific) and Winnipeg (No. 3 in Central). There has been a playoff turnover of at least five teams in every season under the Wild Card format.

13 – Number of teams in NHL history that have produced a year-over-year improvement of 35+ standings points (min. 80 GP in first season) – the Devils (+68 points), Kraken (+48 points) and Golden Knights (+35 points) all are on pace to do so in 2022-23. The largest YOY improvement under those terms is +58, achieved by the Sharks from 1992-93 (24 points in 84 GP) to 1993-94 (82 points in 84 GP). New Jersey (63 points) and Seattle (60 points) each finished the 2021-22 campaign with fewer than 70 points, while Vegas had 94 points last season.

22 – Number of teams currently with a point percentage of .500 or higher, including seven that were outside the playoff picture last season (New Jersey, Vegas, Seattle, Winnipeg, Detroit, NY Islanders and Montreal).


Top Scorers So Far
3 – Number of players tied for the League lead in goals, with Jason Robertson and Bo Horvat pulling into a tie with Connor McDavid on Nov. 23 (after he held the outright lead for 27 days). This is the first time in 19 relevant seasons since 2000-01 that three players have been tied for the most goals at U.S. Thanksgiving.

4 – Number of players among the top seven goal scorers so far in 2022-23 who have never finished a season among the top 10 in that category: Bo Horvat (t-1st; 16), Jason Robertson (t-1st; 16), Andrei Svechnikov (t-4th; 13) and Tage Thompson (t-4th; 13).

6 – Number of times since 2000-01 that the points leader at U.S. Thanksgiving has gone on to win the Art Ross Trophy (in 19 relevant seasons over that span). Connor McDavid, the current points leader with 16-19—35 (20 GP), did so in 2016-17, while Leon Draisaitl (2019-20), Patrick Kane (2015-16), Sidney Crosby (2013-14), Evgeni Malkin (2008-09) and Jarome Iginla (2001-02) are the others to do so in that span. Four players are currently within five points of McDavid for the League lead.

21 – Number of points by JasonRobertsonin November (12-9—21 in 11 GP), the most among all players. His active 13-game point streak is tied for the longest by a Dallas player (since 1993-94). Robertson had a six-game goal streak earlier this season, also tied for the longest by a Dallas player since relocation and equal to the lengthiest in the NHL in 2022-23.

30 – Points by Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson (11-19—30 in 22 GP), tops among defensemen. He became the 10th different defenseman in NHL history to collect 30 points within his first 22 games of a season, following John Carlson (2019-20), Bryan McCabe (2005-06), Al MacInnis (1990-91), Ray Bourque (1989-90), Paul Coffey (4x; last: 1988-89), Doug Wilson (2x; last: 1987-88), Randy Carlyle (1981-82), Denis Potvin (3x; last: 1979-80) and Bobby Orr (6x; last: 1974-75).

31 – Number of players with a double-digit goal count so far, including Alex Ovechkin (10 G in 21 GP) who now sits 10 goals away from 800 in his career and from his 18th consecutive 20-goal season.


Notable Streaks from the First Quarter
6 – Length of the longest winning streak by a goaltender so far this season, with Jordan Binnington, Linus Ullmark, Logan Thompson and Vitek Vanecek all achieving the feat. Binnington’s victories helped St. Louis become the first team in NHL history to post a winning streak of 7+ games immediately on the heels of a winless streak of 8+ games.

8 – Length of New Jersey’s active road winning streak, the longest in the NHL this season. Their 13-game overall winning streak, which ended Nov. 23, tied a franchise record and was the second longest in NHL history by a team that missed the playoffs the prior season (behind a 16-0-0 run by Columbus in 2016-17).

11 – Length of Boston’s active home winning streak, tied for the longest home winning streak from the start of a season in NHL history. They can set a new record Friday when the Hurricanes travel to TD Garden.

14 – Length of Mitchell Marner’s active point streak, the longest in the NHL this season and the lengthiest by a Maple Leafs player in the past 28 years.

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