With the Thrashers yet again in the middle of several days off before their next game, here is a quick look at some of their stats and numbers so far after eight games played.
Points Percentage: Atlanta 4-3-1 record equates to a points winning percentage of .563 which is 17th in the league, 8th in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the Southeast Division.
A .563 points winning percentage played out over the course of an 82 games season will net you 92 points.
Goals per Game: 3.50…which is tied with San Jose for 5th highest in the NHL. Only Calgary, the Rangers, L.A. and Washington score more per game at this time. That the Thrashers are scoring three and a half goals per game is not surprising to me at all.
Goals Against per Game: 2.88…this is the 13th lowest in the league just higher than the Sharks’ 2.83 and just lower than the Flyers’ 2.89. Seriously, anytime Atlanta’s GA/G average is south of 3.00…it’s indeed newsworthy.
Shots per Game: 25.0…which means that the Thrashers are putting the puck in the net every 7th shot or so. That’s a pretty darn good percentage. Leading the way for the Thrashers…Kovy with 27 SOG, Maxium Afinogenov and Rich Peverley have taken 18 each and Evander Kane is fourth with 16 shots taken.
Shots Against per Game: 32.9…27thin the NHL, very un-good. But, with apologies to Monty Python’s Flying Circus,…it’s getting better! In the last three games that number has been kept to under 30. Saturday versus San Jose, they allowed the Sharks but 24 SOG, a season low for the Thrashers defense. Thursday against Washington it was 28. In Montreal last week the Canadiens only got 28 shots off on Ondrej Pavelec during regulation…7 in overtime, however.
Atlanta’s record in those three games…0-2-1. Go figure.
Power Play: 28.1%…only Calgary’s 32.3%, Toronto’s 29.0% and San Jose’s 28.8% are better. Just a few games ago, this power play unit led the NHL. Rich Peverley leads the way here with 4 goals and assisting on another while on the man-advantage. Rich has also dispensed an assists while the team was shorthanded.
Penalty Kill: 86.1%…behind only Ottawa’s 89.7%, Minnesota’s 88.1% and the Rangers 86.4%. This is another pleasant surprise for Thrashers fans. They’ve employed a much more aggressive style of play while a man down and pursue the puck a lot better than in years past.
Face Offs: 50.0… right in the middle of the pack in 16thplace, which is just where you might expect a 50/50 face off percentage to land. Rich Peverley has won 64.6% of the face offs taken while Marty Reasoner has been successful 54.6% of the time. Chris Thorburn has taken fewer face offs but has won 80% of them.
Goal Leaders: Kaptain Kovalchuk leads the way with nine goals scored so far…a total that will stay put for about a month or so given his foot injury. Rich Peverlyis second right now on the Thrashers with five followed by Kane with 3. Afinogenov, Bogosian and White each have a pair of goals to their credit.
Assist Leaders: Nik Antropov’s 7 assists leads all Atlanta skaters, second is Enstrom with 6. Pavel Kubina, Bryan Little and Rich Peverley have dished out 5 helpers of their own.
Time on Ice Leaders: Toby Enstrom has logged the most average time on ice after eight games played with 22:47. That’s a lot time out there, but it doesn’t come close to league-leader Chris Pronger with 27:55. Pavel Kubina is second on the team with 22:44 ATOI followed by Zach Bogosian’s 21:50, Ron Hainsey’s 20:57 and Kovy’s 20:01.
Most Time In The Sin-Bin: Not surprisingly, Eric Boulton leads the Thrashers in penalty minutes with 22. Slava Kozlov follows with 15, Bogosian has 12. Kane and White both have 10 PIM.
Pluses and Minuses: Kubina’s +3 rating is the highest +/- rating for Atlanta. Kane and Hainsey are both +2. On the other end of that spectrum, Max and Todd White are both -5.
Stats provided are through games played on Monday October 26, 2009.