Boston Bruins: First Two Weeks By The Numbers
Just in case you forgot: The Bruins are no longer Stanley Cup champions. The Wild have stocked up on talent. Tim Thomas is still hiding in a cave somewhere. The Sedin Sisters are still soft. And Zdeno Chara is still 6-foot-9-inches tall.
Hockey is back and it has brought with it all of its fantastic finishes, furious flurries and of course, its fascinating statistics. Whether it’s how many times Jack Edwards calls it the penalty bench or how many girls Tyler Seguin got on his 21st birthday, there will be stats you don’t notice. And here are some of the most interesting.
0: Somewhat interesting is the fact that the team has not shut out any of its seven opponents or been shut out on the year.
0: The Bruins have no players in the top-40 in the league in points through the first two weeks of the season. David Krejci is 51st with seven points. He is their only player in the top-40 in the assists as well as his five have him on the list at No. 40.
1: Through seven games, Seguin has just one goal and it came in the empty-net variety at the end of the win over the Hurricanes on Jan. 28. He has just four total points so far on the year.
1: Boston ranks first in the Eastern Conference through the first two weeks of the season. They finished second in the East last year.
1: Brad Marchand has the Bruins’ only short-handed goal through seven games.
1: The Bruins already have as many wins against the Rangers (1) as they did all of last season.
1: The number of goals that the third line has combined for thus far. Rich Peverley finally got the trio’s first against Buffalo in the team’s seventh game.
1: The number of hot dogs launched at Seguin as he attempted his shot in the shootout against the Devils this past Tuesday.
1: The number of fighting majors that Patrice Bergeron has in his NHL career. He almost picked up his second on Monday.
2: The number of times he beat Johan Hedberg in said shootout.
2: The Bruins have two players who are perfect this season in shootouts. Seguin is 2-for-2 (3-for-3 really) and Marchand is 1-for-1 after Tuesday’s game-winner against New Jersey, which was also the first attempt for him in his four-year NHL career.
3: Shawn Thornton leads the club with three fighting majors through seven games. Three other Bruins have combined for four additional fights in 2013.
3: After suffering their first regulation loss of the season to Buffalo on Thursday, only three teams in the league have still not lost in the first 60 minutes: the Devils, Blackhawks and Sharks.
4: Boston has a goal differential of plus-4 through seven games (23-19). Only five teams in the league currently have a better goal differential (tied with the Islanders for sixth).
4: The Bruins and the Canucks have played on the same night four times this season. The B’s are 3-1 in such games and Vancouver is 2-2 thus far.
4: Hamilton and Seguin have combined for four more points than Phil Kessel so far in 2013 and one more goal than him.
4: Tuukka Rask’s four wins are tied for third in the league through the first two weeks.
4: Boston gave up four third-period goals to the Sabres on Thursday. Entering the game, they had outscored their opponents 7-0 in the third period this season. They now only lead their opponents 8-4.
4: Buffalo’s losing streak ended at four after they beat Boston 7-4 on Thursday night.
5: Marchand is leading the Bruins with five goals through seven games. He had 28 in 76 games played last season.
5: The number of consecutive shots stopped by Rask in the team’s shootout win over the Devils on Jan. 29.
5: Krejci is in the midst of a five-game point streak as the B’s head to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs Saturday.
5: It was the Bruins’ fifth straight win against the Devils, who they have not lost to since April 10, 2011.
5: Seguin leads the team with a plus-5 rating through seven games and Peverley is last on the team at minus-5. Sami Salo of the Lightning leads all players at plus-10 through the first two weeks. David Jones of Colorado is last in the league at minus-8. Interestingly, Seguin is even on the road in two games played.
6: Six out of the team’s first seven games have yielded them at least one point. The first time they failed to pick one up was their most recent game against Buffalo.
6: After allowing seven goals to the Sabres on Thursday, the Bruins have now allowed six-plus goals to the team from northern New York in six out of the eight seasons since the 2004 lockout.
7: The Bruins let in seven goals to the Sabres on Thursday night. It was the most they had surrendered in a game since the combination of Thomas and Alex Auld combined to allow 10 in an eight-goal loss to the Capitals on March 3, 2008. Coincidentally, Alex Ovechkin of the Caps had three goals and two assists in the game for the same scoring line that Thomas Vanek had in this one. Weird.
7-10: Thornton will be out for 7-10 days after being diagnosed with a concussion following a fight with Sabres’ tree John Scott in Thursday night’s loss.
8: Following the team’s first home loss of the year to the Sabres on Thursday, there are just eight NHL teams yet to lose a regulation game at home this season.
8: The Bruins were on the wrong end of the eighth hat-trick of Vanek’s career.
11: The Bruins are tied with the Senators atop the Northeast Division as each team has 11 points through the first two weeks of the season.
12: Twelve members of the team have at least one goal so far in 2013.
15: Since 1927, 15 franchises have repeated as Stanley Cup champions. With the opportunity to become the 16th out the window, the B’s can win two Cups in three seasons for the third time in their history.
15: Of the 20 position players to dress for the team so far this season, 15 of them have registered at least one point. Only Aaron Johnson, Dennis Seidenberg, Bourque, Adam McQuaid and Lane MacDermid are pointless. Krejci leads the team with seven.
17: Rask’s .909 save percentage is 17th in the league.
18:52: Rookie sensation, Hamilton, is fifth on the team through seven games with an average ice time of 18:52. He is trailing only Chara, Seidenberg, Boychuk and Krejci.
19: And he’s only 19 years old. He won’t be 20 until June 17. Hopefully he has two things to celebrate that day.
22: It had been 22 years since the Bruins earned a point in each of their first five games to open the season before they did it this year.
24: The Bruins’ special teams killed 24 consecutive penalties to begin the season. It was the best for the franchise since the 2002 team killed off 27 straight to open the year. The streak ended on Tuesday when David Clarkson of the Devils scored with the man-advantage in the second period.
24: Bergeron leads all players with 24 shots on goal this season, but has just one goal. Marchand has five goals on 10 shots on net. MacDermid is the only member of the team not to have registered a shot on goal thus far, as he has played in just one game.
25: Thornton is leading the team with 25 penalty minutes, which include three fighting majors and a 10-minute misconduct. All of his penalty minutes have come at home and McQuaid leads the team with nine on the road.
25:52: Chara leads the team with an average of 25:52 of ice time per night. His highest total was 28:16 in the shootout win against the Jets on Jan. 21.
26: The 10.7 percent success rate of Boston’s power-play is tied for 26th in the league (with the Rangers) out of 30 teams. They have scored just three power-play goals in 28 chances through seven games.
34: Marchand is on pace to score 34 goals in the shortened 48-game season. Seguin is on pace to maybe score seven.
40:54: The amount of game time that between goals that Anton Khudobin allowed in the NHL, dating back to last season. He began 2013 with 14:50 of shutout hockey before Jamie McBain of Carolina scored on him on Monday.
41: The number of pounds Scott has on Thornton. He also has six inches on the B’s forward.
42: In the last two seasons, the B’s have been up by two or more goals in a game 42 times. They had been 41-0 before Thursday’s loss to the Sabres.
42: Boston’s 42 shots on goal against Buffalo were their most in a game this season and the most for the team since they fired 48 on Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom on Feb. 19 of last season, also in a loss.
43: The number of seconds that passed from the time Krejci gave the Bruins the 4-3 lead early in the third period of Thursday’s game until Alexander Sulzer tied it back up.
67.2: Peverley actually leads the team in faceoffs won, but something tells me that by the time the season is over, Bergeron will hold that title.
93.5: The B’s have killed off 29 of 31 penalties on the young season and their 93.5 percent success rate is good for third in the league behind only the Islanders and Blackhawks.
100: Marchand now has a success rate of 100 percent in shootouts for his NHL career.
1:33 The Bruins saw their 3-1 lead turn into a tie game in just 1:33 of game time against the Sabres.
205: Chara leads the team with 205 shifts through seven games (29 per game). Boychuk, Bergeron, Andrew Ference and Hamilton round out the top-5 in that category.
233: Claude Julien has won 233 games in his six seasons as the team’s head coach. He trails Art Ross, the franchise’s all-time leader, by 128 victories and Milt Schmidt by 12 for the most in Bruins history.
309:52 The amount of game time (including overtime) that it took Seguin to score his first goal of the 2013 season. He did so with just under eight seconds left in the fifth game of the year against Carolina.
.350: The B’s went 7-13 last season against the Southeast Division, not including the playoffs. That record included a 0-4 mark against the Hurricanes. So far in 2013, Boston is 2-0 against the Southeast, including a win against the Canes.
357: It had been 357 days since Rask allowed six or more goals in a game before his outing on Thursday. Coincidentally, the last time it happened was Feb. 8, 2012 against the same Sabres.
5:42: Boston scored three goals in the second period of Thursday’s loss to the Sabres in a span of 5:42. The first came from Peverley and the next two came from Marchand.
.778: Rask has saved seven of nine shootout bids against him on the young season.
.1000: Khudobin has a win percentage of .1000 in two career NHL starts. He also has a GAA of 2.00 (over two season), which would be 18th in the league out of 60 qualifiers in 2013. Rask’s 2013 GAA is 2.44.
130,000: Over five January home games, the Bruins gave out more than 130,000 free concessions, saving their loyal fans upwards of $700,000.
So much to learn! The Bruins take on the Leafs (4-3-0) at the Air Canada Centre at 7 p.m.
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