Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Scoring up...but not as much as you might think
There have been some wild periods and games so far, which might lead you to conclude that scoring is up.
And it is ... but only by about 3.4%.
First 35 games this year: 191 goals (excluding shootouts) 5.46 goals per game
First 36 games last year: 190 goals (excluding shootouts) 5.28 goals per game
It took 7 calendar days to play the 36 games last year; only four days to play the 35 games so far this season.
For their part, the Islanders have scored/allowed 10 goals in their two games this year (5 for, 5 against) after having only 5 goals scored (2 for, 3 against) in their first two games last season.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick