NHL Public Relations Releases Numbers At The Quarter Pole


The NHL Public Relations Department released their regular quarterly numbers Tuesday morning as we round the quarter pole and reflect on the first 25% of the 2019-2020 season.

NOTABLE NUMBERS

  • 1,956 – Goals scored, the second-most in the last 23 years (2005-06: 2,007). The 6.2 goals-per-game rate also is the second-highest in that span (2005-06: 6.3).
  • 1,462 – Goals scored at even strength in regulation/overtime, the most at this stage of a season in 27 years (1992-93: 1,529 EVG).
  • 87 – Overtime games, the most ever at this stage of a season.
  • 20 – Games needed for Washington’s John Carlson (8-26—34 in 23 GP) to hit the 30-point mark, one of five defensemen in League history ever to do so.
  • 15 – Goals by eight-time goal-scoring leader Alex Ovechkin, third-most in the NHL behind David Pastrnak (17) and Leon Draisaitl (16).
  • 2 – Age, in years, of Washington’s John Carlson the last time a defenseman recorded 100 points in a season (Brian Leetch in 1991-92) – he is on pace for 121 points in 2019-20.

Below is the complete release from the PR folks at the league office:



FROM NHL PR MEDIA RELEASE

By the Numbers: The first quarter of the 2019-20 NHL regular season, with comparitive stats through 317 games.

1,956 – Goals scored, the second-most in the last 23 years (2005-06: 2,007). The 6.2 goals-per-game rate also is the second-highest in that span (2005-06: 6.3).

1,462 – Goals scored at even strength in regulation/overtime, the most at this stage of a season in 27 years (1992-93: 1,529 EVG).

529 – Different skaters have scored at least one goal, amounting to 72.0% of all skaters (735) – the highest such percentage since 1993-94 (71.6%; 475 of 663 skaters).

160 – Point total that Leon Draisaitl (16-27—43 in 22 GP) is on pace to reach, a mark hit by only Wayne Gretzky (9x) and Mario Lemieux (4x).

148 – Average length of a regulation game, in minutes – the lowest since 2012-13.

140 – Comeback wins of any kind, amounting to nearly half of all games (44%).

87 – Overtime games, the most ever at this stage of a season.

83 – Combined points by Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (43) and Connor McDavid (40), the highest scoring teammates this season.

76 – NHL record for points in a season by a rookie defenseman (Larry Murphy in 1980-81) – Colorado’s Cale Makar (5-17—22 in 20 GP) is on pace for 90 points in 2019-20.

70 – Percentage of games decided by one goal or multiple goals with at least one ENG (222 GP), the second-highest such percentage in League history (72% in 2015-16 and 2018-19).

66 – Third-period comeback wins, the most ever at this stage of a season.

45 – Multi-goal comeback wins, second-most in NHL history behind last season (48 of 317 GP).

43 – Points by Leon Draisaitl, the most by the League’s leading scorer at this stage since Mario Lemieux in 1995-96 (22-31—53 in 19 GP).

40 – Challenges this season, 32% fewer than in 2018-19 (59; with nearly double the success rate: 58% in 2019-20 vs. 32% in 2018-19).

30 – Consecutive days with at least one comeback win from Oct. 12 to Nov. 10. Overall, 44 of 48 days this season have had at least one such victory (92%).

25 – Percentage of games that saw a team erase a multi-goal deficit (regardless of result), amounting to 79 games (the most in 26 years).

21 – Multi-goal, third-period comeback wins, the most ever at this stage of a season.

20 – Games needed for Washington’s John Carlson (8-26—34 in 23 GP) to hit the 30-point mark, one of five defensemen in League history ever to do so.

19 – Different players with a hat trick this season, for a total of 20 three-goal outings; Connor McDavid (2) is the only player with multiple.

18 – Age of Jack HughesKaapo Kakko and Kirby Dach, the top three picks from the 2019 NHL Draft, who each have at least four goals in 2019-20.

16 – Number of players among the top 20 in NHL scoring who have yet to turn 30.

15 – Goals by eight-time goal-scoring leader Alex Ovechkin, third-most in the NHL behind David Pastrnak (17) and Leon Draisaitl (16).

14 – Longest point streak by a team this season, an active run by the Islanders (13-0-1) who also own the longest win streak by a team in 2019-20 (Oct. 12–Nov. 5: 10-0-0).

13 – Longest point streak by a player this season, achieved by David PastrnakBrad Marchand and Nathan MacKinnonLeon Draisaitl takes a 12-game run into Tuesday’s action.

11 – Players scoring at a 100-point pace in 2019-20; the last season with that many 100-point players was 1995-96 (12).

7 – Countries represented among the NHL’s top 15 scorers (4 – United States & Canada; 2 – Sweden & Russia; 1 – Czech Republic; 1 – Germany; and 1 – Finland).

6 – Teams in a playoff position who missed the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including each of the top three teams in the Pacific Division (EDM, ARI, VAN; also: MTL, FLA, PHI).

6 – Most points by a player in a game, achieved Nov. 14 by Connor McDavid (3-3—6).

4 – Largest deficit overcome to win a game this season (achieved by WPG, WSH & FLA). Only four seasons in NHL history have had four or more games in which the winning team trailed by 4+ goals (5 each in 1983-84 and 1985-86; 4 in 1984-85 and 1986-87).

4 – Most goals by a player in a game, achieved four times (Anthony ManthaJames NealDavid Pastrnak & Jack Eichel) – equaling the total from the entire 2018-19 season.

3 – Consecutive years with a goals-per-game rate of 6.1 or higher – a first in 25 years.

2 – Age, in years, of Washington’s John Carlson the last time a defenseman recorded 100 points in a season (Brian Leetch in 1991-92) – he is on pace for 121 points in 2019-20.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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