The Hockey Bible Speaks

Five seasons have already passed since the NHL lockout, and The Hockey News 2010-11 Yearbook noted some interesting statistical trends from the 2005-06 to 2009-10 campaigns:

  • To what should be no one’s surprise, the Red Wings have averaged the most wins per season at 51.4, almost two more than second place San Jose (49.6) and 17 more than 30th place St. Louis (33.8);
  • Former Griffin and current Ottawa Senator Jason Spezza’s 399 points are the 12th-most in the NHL over the last five years. Alex Ovechkin’s 529 points rank first while Pavel Datsyuk’s 438 come in fifth;
  • Fights have increased 55% (.374 per game to .578) but overall penalty minutes have decreased 20% (32.1 per game to 25.6);
  • Scoring has decreased 9% (6.05 goals per game to 5.53), coinciding with a 34% increase in shutouts (116 to 155).

The Red Wings are picked to finish third in the Western Conference, and numerous familiar names are found among the magazine’s list of Detroit’s top 10 prospects:

  • 1. Brendan Smith D
  • 2. Tomas Tatar LW
  • 3. Jakub Kindl D
  • 4. Riley Sheahan C (Notre Dame)
  • 5. Thomas McCollum G
  • 6. Gustav Nyquist RW (Maine)
  • 7. Landon Ferraro C (Red Deer)
  • 8. Jan Mursak LW
  • 9. Cory Emmerton C
  • 10. Calle Jarnkrok C (Brynas-Sweden)

Also in the yearbook, THN’s ranking of the top 50 NHL players includes several with ties to the state of Michigan:

  • 3. Ryan Miller – Buffalo
  • 4. Pavel Datsyuk – Detroit
  • 17. Nicklas Lidstrom – Detroit
  • 22. Henrik Zetterberg – Detroit
  • 27. Marian Hossa – Chicago (assuming one season in Hockeytown counts).
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