Friday, April 20, 2012

Sittin' at the end of the bar...

It’s a little known fact…

-- Only Phoenix’ Mike Smith has faced more rubber through four playoff games (164 shots) than Braden Holtby (148). On the other side, Tim Thomas has faced only 109 shots.

-- Odd fact… Speaking of 109 shots, three goalies have faced 109 shots. There is Tim Thomas, who has allowed seven goals in that total. The others are Marc-Andre Fleury (20 goals allowed) and Ilya Bryzgalov (17 goals allowed).

-- Among goalies having appeared in all four of their respective teams’ playoff games, Holtby has the best save percentage (.953, one point better than Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick), and he is tied for having the best goals-against average (1.60, with Tim Thomas).

-- Alex Ovechkin is third in hits (21); he is 22nd in shots (14). The Caps might want to see those totals reversed.

-- Karl Alzner and Roman Hamrlik are tied for fifth in blocked shots (12).

-- Hamrlik also happens to be tied for fifth in giveaways… with Mike Green.

-- You would expect guys like Manny Malhotra or Zenon Konopka or Boyd Gordon to be at the top of the faceoff rankings, and they are. But lookie there… Jay Beagle is fifth (62.5 percent).

-- From the Department of Duh… 13 of the top 18 point-getters in the playoffs so far are in the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh series. Brooks Laich is the top point-getter for the Caps (1-3-4); he is tied for 16th.

-- Only one player in the Capitals-Bruins series is among the top 40 in penalty minutes. Evil-Lars, himself…Nicklas Backstrom.

-- Alexander Semin is tied for the league playoff lead in power play goals (two); he has the only two in the Capitals-Bruins series. By the by…get you wouldn’t have guessed St. Louis’ Andy McDonald is the leading power-play point scorer (2-4-6).

-- The Caps are the only team in the playoffs with a 100.0 percent penalty kill (12-for-12).

-- Boston is second among the 16 playoff teams with 37.0 shots per game; the Caps are 14th (27.2).

-- Southeast Silliness... The Caps and Florida are tied for worst in third-period scoring (one goal apiece).

-- Only Chicago has taken fewer penalties so far (15) than the Caps or Bruins (16 apiece). If you were to take away Nicklas Backstrom's match penalty, the Bruins and Caps would each have 32 minutes in penalties, lowest in the league. As it is, the Caps have the third fewest (42) with Florida in second (38).

-- The Caps-Bruins series is the hittingest of the eight. The Bruins and Caps are second and fifth, respectively, in total hits.

-- Only the Rangers (51) have more blocked shots than the Caps (49), and Boston is fifth (37).

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