Here is a little feature that I would like to do on game days. It's not a pregame or anything like that, just a chunk of stats courtesy of the hard working guys that spend needless hours researching for each and every NHL game, and maybe some quotes from around the blog world that I find interesting.
More after the jump.
Lets start with a comment I saw yesterday over at Abel to Yzerman that came from WIIM's JJ from Kansas and gave me a little bit more hope.
"Last year at that marker the Sharks had 20 games played and 24 points. The Wings will play their 20th the day before then.
They are 5 points shy of the 24 points that last year’s Sharks had earned with three games to earn them… The Sharks team that earned it’s way back to a 2nd seed in the league’s toughest division. The Sharks team that eked out a victory in the closest seven-game series the NHL has ever seen. The Sharks team whose core forwards are just as old as ours.
If we get there and we’re behind that Sharks team of last season, then I’m pushing buttons."
This makes me much more optimistic about this team than I was 24 hours ago. As you remember that same sharks team finished ahead of us in the standings and was our eventual end.
On with the stats!
P. Datsyuk is 1 GWG behind A. Zhamnov for 10th place all-time in NHL history amongst Russian-born players (34)
P. Datsyuk is 1 PPG behind A. Zhamnov for 12th place all-time in NHL history amongst Russian-born players (64)
J. Franzen has tallied 4G-4A-8P, +5 rating in 6 Saturday games this season
J. Franzen has recorded 5G-4A-9P in his last 6 games played
J. Franzen is currently on pace to register 43G-33A-76P this season
N. Lidstrom's next SHG will tie him with N. Libbett for 9th place in DET team history (11)
N. Lidstrom's next point will give him sole possession of for 53rd place all-time in NHL history (currently tied w/D. Sittler)
N. Lidstrom has tallied 3G-3A-6P, +6 rating in his last 6 games played
N. Lidstrom has recorded 2G-3A-5P, +4 rating in 6 Saturday games this season
N. Lidstrom is 3 assists behind D. Savard for 22nd place all-time in NHL history (865)
T. Holmstrom's next assist will tie him with S. Abel for 15th place all-time in DET team history (279)
T. Holmstrom is 2 PPG behind B. Shanahan for 5th place all-time in DET team history (115)
D. Cleary's next assist will tie him with M. Prystai for 56th place all-time in DET team history (123)
J. Hudler's next goal will tie him with B. Lochead for 76th place in DET team history (65)
V. Filppula has registered 0G-5A-5P, +6 rating in 6 Saturday games this season
V. Filppula has recorded 1G-6A-7P, +5 rating in his last 6 games played
H. Zetterberg's next assist will tie him with R. Sutter for 354th place all-time in NHL history (330)
J. Howard is 3-1-0 (1.24 GAA, .940 SV%) in 4 Saturday starts this season
J. Howard made a career high 51 saves on 1/7/10 at LAK
T. Conklin's next win will tie him with R. Tabaracci for 165th place in NHL history (93)
California road trips the last two seasons.
Nov 30, 2010: DET 5 @ SJS 3
Dec 3, 2010: DET 4 @ ANA 0
Dec 4, 2010: DET 2 @ LAK 3 (OT)
Feb 28, 2011: DET 7 @ LAK 4
March 2, 2011: DET 1 @ ANA 2 (OT)
March 3, 2011: DET 1 @ SJS 3
Key Player Stats
H. Zetterberg: 6GP-2G-5A-7P
P. Datsyuk: 6GP-3G-3A-6P
D. Cleary: 6GP-3G-1A-4P
V. Filppula: 6GP-1G-2A-3P
J. Franzen: 5GP-1G-2A-3P
N. Lidstrom: 6GP-1G-2A-3P
J. Howard: 3-0-1 (2.23 GAA, .934 SV%)
Jan 5, 2010: DET 1 @ ANA 4
Jan 7, 2010: DET 2 @ LAK 1
Jan 9, 2010: DET 4 @ SJS 1
Feb 2, 2010: DET 4 @ SJS 2
Feb 3, 2010: DET 1 @ ANA 3
Feb 6, 2010: DET 3 @ LAK 4
Key Player Stats
V. Filppula: 6GP-2G-4A-6P
P. Datsyuk: 6GP-2G-3A-5P
D. Cleary: 5GP-3G-1A-4P
H. Zetterberg: 5GP-3G-0A-3P
N. Lidstrom: 6GP-0G-2A-2P
J. Franzen: 0GP-0G-0A-0P
J. Howard: 3-3-0, (2.69 GAA, .933 SV%)
It's time for a bloodbath! Figuratively.