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Friday, November 27, 2009

Strange but True

A few quick facts before the Isles face the Pens on Black Friday.

1. Matt Moulson, John Tavares and yes, even Jeff Tambellini have more goals (11 - 9 - 7, respectively) than any Penguin not named Sidney Crosby.  The Kid has 12.  Five Penguins, including Bill Guerin and Evgeny Malkin, have scored six goals.

2.  The Isles are 9-9-7 this season. However, their opponents are 16-5-4 against the Isles -- a record better than any NHL team. (16 wins = 9 Isles losses + 7 loser points, etc.)

3. Roloson and Biron have almost identical stats: Roloson is 2.86 GAA and 91.6 save percentage while Biron is 2.78/91.3%, but Roloson is 7-2-5 while Biron is 2-7-2.

4. The Pens are 17-8-0.  Seven of their eight losses (and six of their wins) have been by three goals or more.  They are 10-1-0 in one-goal games, with a 2-1 Halloween loss to Minnesota being their only defeat by a single goal.  They've gone to extra time six times this season, winning twice in overtime and four times in shootouts.

5.  The Penguins have taken 124 more shots than their opponents while the Isles have taken 100 shots fewer than their opponents.  Goal totals are remarkably similar.  Pens 73, Opps 69.  Isles 67 Opps 72.
 
6.  Pittsburgh is 26-2-2 under Dan Bylsma when they score first.  The Isles are 7-4-3 this season when they score first.

7.  Trent Hunter enters play as one of 4 NHL'ers with 8 game point streaks (Mike Green, Zach Parise and Marian Gaborik are the others).  Corey Perry, who has a point in 16 straight is the only player with a longer current streak.  Hunter's streak is the longest of his career.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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