Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Bruins Report by the Numbers

After 24 games here are some cold numbers to judge the Bruins by:

6th -- the Bruin's power ranking based on statistics by TSN. Yes--you read that right. The Bruins are ranked as the number 6 team in the NHL.

4th -- the Bruins ranking in points in the Eastern conference once the points are adjusted for games in hand. They are basically tied for 4th place with Carolina, New Jersey, and Montreal. They are 1 point behind Philly, 2 points behind the Rangers, and 5 points behind Ottawa.

95 -- the Bruins projected number of points at the end of the season based on performance to date. This would have been good enough for 6th place in the conference and a playoff berth last year.

8th - the Bruins ranking in winning percentage.

3rd - the Bruins ranking in winning percentage when being outshot (thanks to Timmy).

7-2-1 -- the Bruins home record this season.

25 -- the number of assists Marc Savard has, which leads the league.

0.936 -- Tim Thomas' save percentage, which leads the league. That comes to allowing 10 goals out of every 156 shots, or 1 goal out of every 16. Timmy is currently ranked 4th in goaltenders by TSN and is the 10th ranked player overall.

6th -- the TSN ranking of Chara among NHL defensemen. He is ranked behind Pronger, but ahead of Phaneuf. Chara is 9th in the league in penalty minutes with 56. He has 18 minor penalties, 2 fighting majors, and 1 10-minute misconduct.

3-- the number of game winning goals by Glen Metropilit and Chuck Kobasew. There are 6 players with 4, Brad Boyes among them, and Jeremy Roenick leads the league with 5.

8th -- Kobasew's rank in shot percentage, hitting the back of the net 22.7% of the time. He is ranked 14th in the league in goals. Sturm is ranked 16th.

10 -- the plus/minus rating of Kobasew and Sturm. There are 9 players with better ratings in the NHL.

11th -- the Bruins power play ranking.

Ok, they can't all be good. Here are some of the low numbers:

25th-- the Bruins ranking in faceoff win percentage.

28th -- the Bruins ranking in penalty kill percentage.

4th -- the Bruins ranking in short handed goals against.

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