Here are a few statistical tidbits provided by Detroit News…
One = Shorthanded goals allowed by the Red Wings. They lead all NHL teams in this department.
Philadelphia is worst in the NHL with 6 SHA. Now, I’m guessing many of you thought that our number would be worse than this at the start of the season with Jason Williams manning the blue line on the second power-play unit. Well even though he’s been injured with a broken leg, the time that J-Willz did spend on the PP was much improved from his first stint. It will be nice to have him and the others back out there as strong second option to the Flying Circus.
25:01= how much the time The Perfect Human spends on the ice (average) each game. King Lidas is eighth in the NHL.
His on-ice numbers were down when the number of healthy core defensemen was up. Now with the loss of Kronwall and Ericsson, it’s no surprise that the aging superstar is seeing an increase in minutes. Hopefully, #55 and #52 will return and let St. Nick get some rest. We don’t want him worn out come play-off time should he choose to participate in Vancouver for Team Sweden.
231 = The number of games won by Detroit with Mike Babcock behind the bench as coach.
This ranks him fifth on Detroit’s all-time list. A few fans were ready to jump down his throat during the start of this regular season when the team struggled. Now, they seem to be backing off, if only because the injuries provide a sufficient excuse for cutting him some slack. He was smart not to spur the horse too hard last season when they hit their slump, can he motivate the team through the hardships and keep Detroit’s play-off appearance streak alive?
33.333% = Percent that Joe Louis Arena makes up of NHL venues without corporate names.
Only the two New York arenas, Madison Square Garden and Nassau Coliseum have remained along with Joe Louis Arena. As discussed several weeks ago, people are open to the idea of a new rink, though it may be at least five years away.