Here’s a fun fact. NHL first round winners were 45-54 in shootouts in the regular season. First round losers were 63-43. Here are the match ups (higher regular season point total first, shootout record in parentheses, winner in bold):
- Rangers (4-5) vs. Ottawa (6-4)
- Bruins (9-3) vs. Capitals (4-4)
- Devils (12-4) vs. Panthers (6-11)
- Penguins (9-3) vs. Flyers (4-7)
- Canucks (8-7) vs. Kings (6-9)
- Blues (4-10) vs. Sharks (9-5)
- Blackhawks (7-7) vs. Coyotes (6-10)
- Predators (5-5) vs. Red Wings (9-3)
So, the team with the lower shootout win percentage won seven out of eight series. The team with the higher point total only won four out of eight (Rangers, Blues, and Predators), in part because good shootout records inflated some teams’ point totals. Why do we still have shootouts again?
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The Kings got a little hometown boost from the clock operator last night and scored with (supposedly) 0.4 seconds left to beat the poor Blue Jackets. If you watch the highlight video from the 25 second mark to the 35 second mark, you’ll see that the clock freezes with 1.8 seconds left. The NHL has admitted that more than 0.4 seconds elapsed during the freeze (so the goal probably shouldn’t count), but they aren’t going to change the outcome.
What was the Kings’ defense? From Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi (written to ESPN): Continue reading
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