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Monday, October 20, 2014

Stats N' At Through 4 Games by @PandaPSU

It may not be a large snapshot of the season, but it is always fun to look at stats. I put together some interesting stats and a few charts from the first four games this season.

The above chart shows a list of all the players who have been on the ice for a goal for or goal against. The right most column shows a simple ratio of the goals for/goals against. A few takeaways from the above data:

-It is very impressive that Zach Sill has a perfect ratio...but all kidding aside, Geno's Goals For to   Goals Against is outstanding. This is heavily due to the power play, but it is also indicative of how much he has focused on the defensive end so far this season.

-I mentioned the power play, but it is no coincidence that 5 of the top 7 player ratios are members of the first line power play unit.

-Conversely, some of the members in red spend a lot of time on the PK. For example, the Martin and Scuderi pairing has been torched so far this season for PK goals.

Digging deeper: Marc-Andre Fleury ranks a fairly dismal 25th in the league with a .915 save percentage thus far. Look a bit further and you can see that Fleury's save percentage at even strength is .950, but his stats get heavily skewed, however, when you factor in the .750 save percentage on the penalty kill

Penalty killers getting killed: The Penguins are tied for the second most Power Play goals given up in the league so far (6). Only the Islanders and the Flames have given up more so far (7). They are also tied with Arizona for giving up the most power plays goals at home (4). The Penguins are also averaging the second most penalty minutes per game at 16.8. Only Winnipeg has more at 19.0/gm.

Shooting Gallery: Patric Hornqvist is tied with Steven Stamkos for the league lead in shots with 28. This includes posting games with 9 and 12 shots so far this season.

Off to a hot start: Sidney Crosby has scored a point in every game to start this season (9 points). He has only done that twice prior in his career. His rookie season (6 points), and last season (5 points). He also scored in the first three games to start the season for the first time in his career.

I hope you enjoyed this quick recap with some fun stats so far. More to come throughout the season!

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