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Razor With an Edge: Stat Class

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 8:51 PM / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With an Edge: Stat Class
Razor took a few minutes to nerd it up, so he donned his tweed jacket with elbow patches and chalk on the sleeves, and poured over the numbers.

“Statistics are merely a group of numbers in search of an argument.” “Statistics are like bikinis. They show a lot, but they don’t show everything.”

“Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.”

“99 percent of all statistics only tell 49 percent of the story.”

“Whenever I read statistical reports, I try to imagine my unfortunate contemporary, the Average Person, who, according to these reports, has 0.66 children, 0.032 cars, and 0.046 TVs.”

“They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time it works every time.”

I had a few minutes to nerd it up so I donned my tweed jacket with elbow patches and chalk on the sleeves, and poured over the numbers. Here are some stats pertaining to our Stars – both positive and not so positive - that I parsed from the tsunami of information our sport currently produces:

Treading Water: The Stars are 6-6-1 since the Olympics Break.

Demarcation Line: The Stars have won only three of eight since the Peverley cardiac episode and subsequent postponed game vs the Bluejackets and haven’t scored more than three goals in any of the eight. They were 7-2-1 in the ten games prior.

Arbitrary Special Teams: They are 10-5-1 last 16 games in which they scored a power play goal. 11-5-3 last 19 games that they held opposing PP scoreless.

I Feel the Need, the Need for a Lead: When the Stars have led after one period of play they have gone on to victory 78 percent of the time (11th best). When they trail that percentage drops to 19 percent (23rd best).

Execution: The Stars lead the league in Penalty Shots converted (4), that’s twice as many as any other team. Yet, they own the fourth worst shooting percentage in shootouts. (Doesn’t compute)

• In Overtime/Shootouts the Stars are 1-7 at home, 4-4 on the road.

This Might Help Explain OT Struggles: No team has allowed more 3 vs 4 power play goals (4) than the Dallas Stars. In fact 22 teams have allowed just one or none at all.

This Also Might Help Explain Those OT Struggles: When playing 4 on 4 the Stars have allowed nine goals, one shy of the most allowed by any team this season

Possession Slippage: Stars have been 50 percent or better in faceoffs just five times in the 13 games played since the Olympics Break. Overall they’ve slipped to fifteenth in league faceoff percentage.

This Can Be As Costly as Ex-Wives: Stars rank fifth in most giveaways with 704 (The Blues are kings of puck security with only 311 Giveaways).

Stars – Coyotes Troubling Juxtaposition Section

5 on 5 goals against DAL 20th, PHX 10th

5 on 4 PP goals for DAL 12th (40), PHX 3rd (50)

Most Turnovers DAL 5th, PHX 28th

Strangier Masochistic Coyote Stat: The Yotes have the second worst win percentage in the league when outshooting opponents (29%), second to (gulp) Buffalo, and sixth best when being outshot (63%).

Peter Positive Last Stars Stat: The Dallas Stars are tied for the best win percentage in the history of the NHL in games in which they score more goals than their opponent.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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