NHL: A Comparison of the Stats So Far

The 2017-18 NHL season started less than a week ago, and the buzz has already begun. While it is too early to predict who will reign supreme in the 101st season of the operation, we are comparing some key stats to provide a projection.

Pittsburgh Penguins

We do not think it is beyond the realms of possibility that the Pittsburgh Penguins will lift the Cup once again, which will be the third time in a row. This victory is only exceeded by the New York Islanders four wins in a row between 1980 and 1983.

Of course, it isn’t difficult to see why the Pittsburgh Penguins might once again take home the Cup, as they have Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby on the roster. No-one can deny that Crosby led the NHL league in the 2017-18 season, and he also managed to finish second for points scored at 89. It was his talent on the ice that allowed the Pittsburgh Penguins to outscore the opposition 62 to 45 at even strength.

Yet, a lot of thanks also needs to be given to the coach, as they managed to maintain the Stanley Cup after saying goodbye to three scoring forwards and three defensemen. That’s no easy feat. You can guarantee fans will be heading to ice hockey betting sites like Betway Sports to check the odds for the Pittsburgh Penguins this year.

Anaheim Ducks

John Gibson is easily the Anaheim Ducks biggest defense right now, as it was the team’s goaltending that led to them winning the Pacific Division in the 2017-18 season. That’s because he allowed the third-fewest goals with a .924 save percentage. Only those capable of high-danger shots were able to get pucks past the goaltender, but he still managed to rack up a .797 high-danger save percentage, which is a big achievement in comparison to the rest of the NHL league’s .789.

Edmonton Oilers

One NHL player you should certainly keep your eye on this season is Connor McDavid. Not only was he named the most valuable player in the 2016-17 season, and he became the youngest player to be awarded the Hart Trophy since his idol Sidney Crosby back in 2007.

How does McDavid compare to Crosby? Well, Crosby managed to score more primary points per 60 minutes at even strength in comparison to McDavid. Yet, he is one to watch, as he will be hot on Crosby’s heels in the stats this season, which could give the Edmonton Oilers a little edge in the league.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Let’s face it, Steven Stamkos is easily one of the best scorers in the NHL when he is not injured. Unfortunately, the fact that he an Ryan Callahan only played 17 to 18 games last season might have robbed Tampa Bay Lightning of the playoffs, as they finished the season only one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the wild-card spot.

If Stamkos enjoys a healthy season, which it looks like now that he is fully recovered, you could potentially expect great things from Tampa Bay Lightning, as he could help them back into the playoffs. After all, he has a 60-goal campaign to back him up, and it was his talent that allowed Tampa Bay to outscore their opponents 117 to 96 at even strength.

Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals is a totally different team this season to the one we knew in the 2016-17 season. That’s because Marcus Johansson has been traded to the New Jersey Devils, while Justin Williams has signed to the Carolina Hurricanes. This means the team is now without two major players who managed to enjoy a combined total of 48 goals last season. With their help, they helped Alex Ovechkin to enjoy his best season yet.

Yet, you should not rule the Washington Capitals out because Williams and Johansson have left the team. The top five forwards need to add 123 goals to Ovechkin’s 2017-18 total, and they are: T.J Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetov, and Andre Burakovsky. They will need to equal the highest scoring output for the past five seasons, and they will also need another player to achieve a 30-goal campaign.

While it might seem like no easy feat, let’s not forget that they still have a hockey star in the form of Braden Holtby, who enjoyed a .925 save percentage in the 2016-17 season, leading the league with nine shutouts. Holtby could, therefore, minimize the burden placed on the Washington Capitals’ offense.

The sporting world of hockey is fast-passed; therefore, keep yourself knowledgeable and up-to-date with the latest signings and what’s happening within your team.

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