1st Round Recap & Team Stat Leaders

Well, the 1st Round went mostly according to expectations, but there was certainly an upset that was a bit shocking. The surprising upset in the 1st Round was the four game sweep of the ’08-’09 Washington Capitals by the ’78-’79 Atlanta Flames. Capitals teams of the Alex Ovechkin era do have a reputation for choking, but this is a little insane. The ’78-’79 Flames team, however, did have some good players. Guy Chouinard scored 50 goals that year and totaled 100 points, and Bob MacMillan reached 100 points as well. That team also had eight total players to score more than 20 goals. The ’78-’79 team was the best Atlanta Flames team during their existence.

Another kind of surprising result was the seven game upset of the ’85-’86 Hartford Whalers by the ’12-’13 Columbus Blue Jackets. I was expecting the Whalers to move on and according to the stats, they should have. The only advantage the Blue Jackets had in the series was in special teams. The Blue Jackets had the better power play at 27.78% and the better penalty kill at 90.00%. Three of Columbus’ wins in the series were one-goal games, including Game 7 which was a four-overtime thriller where Marian Gaborik got the game-winner.

Here are the team stat leaders through the 1st Round:Team Stats:

Goals per game:

  1. ’88-’89 Calgary Flames – 9.00
  2. ’79-’80 Minnesota North Stars – 5.83
  3. ’83-’84 Quebec Nordiques – 5.75
  4. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 5.50
  5. ’78-’89 Atlanta Flames/’99-’00 St. Louis Blues – 5.25

Goals allowed per game:

  1. ’10-’11 Vancouver Canucks – 1.00
  2. ’02-’03 Dallas Stars – 1.20
  3. ’99-’00 St. Louis Blues – 1.25
  4. ’06-’07 Anaheim Ducks – 1.25
  5. ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators – 1.25

Shots per game:

  1. ’99-’00 St. Louis Blues – 60.3
  2. ’88-’89 Calgary Flames – 60.3
  3. ’98-’99 Carolina Hurricanes – 59.2
  4. ’02-’03 Dallas Stars – 59.0
  5. ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators = 55.5

Shots allowed per game:

  1. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 18.8
  2. ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators – 22.8
  3. ’08-’09 Florida Panthers – 24.0
  4. ’88-’89 Calgary Flames – 25.3
  5. ’06-’07 Anaheim Ducks – 26.8

Powerplay Efficiency:

  1. ’10-’11 Vancouver Canucks – 66.67% (2-for-3)
  2. ’88-’89 Calgary Flames – 50.00% (4-for-8)
  3. ’79-’80 Minnesota North Stars – 50.00% (3-for-6)
  4. ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets – 44.44% (4-for-9)
  5. ’02-’03 Dallas Stars/’37-’38 New York Americans – 40.00% (4-for-10/2-for-5)

Penalty Kill Efficiency:

  1. ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets – 100.00% (12-for-12)
  2. ’02-’03 Dallas Stars – 100.00% (9-for-9)
  3. ’99-’00 St. Louis Blues – 100.00% (6-for-6)
  4. ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators – 100.00% (5-for-5)
  5. ’06-’07 Anaheim Ducks – 100.00% (4-for-4)

There you have it as far as the stat leaders among overall teams. I’m now gonna work on a post for skater and goalie stat leaders and have that posted shortly.

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