The NHL’s Public Relations Department released their numbers for the 2019 Calendar Year. The numbers reinforced several of the latest trends in the league (goals continue to increase) and shed light on a few new trends in the league.
7,757 – Goals scored in 2019 for an average of 6.04 per game (1,285 GP). The 7,757 goals in 2019 were the most-ever scored in one calendar year in NHL history, nine more than the previous mark of 7,748 set in 2018 (1,282 GP).
5,925 – Even-strength goals in regulation and overtime, the most in a calendar year – besting the previous high of 5,873 set in 2018.
882 – Unique players with at least one regular-season point (847 skaters, 35 goaltenders), including 758 skaters who had at least one goal.
538 – Comeback wins in the regular season, representing almost half of all games (41.9%). That total includes 208 third-period comeback wins, 135 multi-goal comeback wins, 21 three-goal comeback wins and five four-goal comeback wins.
283 – Regular-season games that required overtime, equating to nearly one in every four contests (22.0%).
141 – Points recorded in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs by Bruins forward Brad Marchand (53-88—141 in 106 GP), the highest combined total in the NHL. His 141 total points were the most by a player in a calendar year since Sidney Crosby had 145 in 2010 (66-79—145 in 93 GP).
122 – Regular-season points by Oilers captain Connor McDavid (42-80—122 in 82 GP), the second straight calendar year in which he led the NHL in points. McDavid is the first player to lead the NHL in scoring in consecutive calendar years since Jaromir Jagr in 1998 and 1999.
59 – Total wins by St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington (43 in regular season, 16 in playoffs), tied for the second-most in a calendar year in League history. Bernie Parent also had 59 in 1974 with Philadelphia, while Marc-Andre Fleury had 62 in 2009 with Pittsburgh.
56 – Regular-season wins by the Blues (56-19-11, 123 points), two more than the Hurricanes (54-26-4, 112 points) for the League lead.
52 – Regular-season goals by Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (85 GP), the most in the NHL.
43 – Regular-season wins by Jordan Binnington (59 GP), tops among all goaltenders. He established a franchise record for most in a calendar year by a Blues goaltender, eclipsing the previous high of 40 set by Mike Liut in 1980 (70 GP).
28 – Regular-season goals scored by Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton (84 GP), six more than Nashville’s Roman Josi (22 G in 80 GP) for the most among all blueliners. Only one other defenseman in the last quarter-century (since 1994) has had as many in a calendar year: Mike Green in 2009 with Washington (32 G in 82 GP).
7 – Players with at least 100 regular-season points (Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Brad Marchand, Patrick Kane, Nikita Kucherov, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau), matching the total from the previous year. Prior to 2018, the last calendar year to feature as many players each with 100 or more regular-season points was 1996.
3 – Consecutive calendar years in which a player born outside North America has led the League in regular-season goals (Leon Draisaitl in 2019, Alex Ovechkin in 2018 and Nikita Kucherov in 2017). That’s the second-longest such run in NHL history behind a stretch of 11 straight years from 1993 to 2003 (outright or tied).
2 – Consecutive calendar years in which Connor McDavid has led the League in regular-season points. Only one other player in NHL history has led all skaters in regular-season scoring during multiple calendar years before age 23 (outright or tied): Wayne Gretzky in 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983.