Some numbers from nhl.com for stats geeks to pore over while aiting for the puck to drop tonight:
Pertinent numbers from Detroit’s 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final Saturday night.
0 – Points by Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin
in the first four games of the series. Overall, he’s had just two
points in his last eight games after getting 17 in his first 10. His
team-high five shots in Game 4 were one more than he managed in the
first three games combined.
1 – Games lost by Pittsburgh
in the playoffs when scoring first. The Penguins had been 11-0 when
scoring the first goal during the postseason.
Amount of time on Pittsburgh’s two-man advantage in the third period.
It was the first 5-on-3 power play in the series. The Penguins couldn’t
3 – Penalties drawn by Pittsburgh’s Adam Hall, who generated half of the Penguins’ six power plays despite getting only 10:28 of ice time.
– One-goal victories for Detroit in the playoffs. The Wings are 5-3 in
one-goal games; Pittsburgh lost for the first time in four games that
were decided by a single goal.
6 – Goals scored in the
third period by the Red Wings in the first four games of the Stanley
Cup Final, compared to just one for the Penguins. Pittsburgh had
outscored its opponents 20-7 in the first three rounds of the playoffs.
7 – Hits credited to Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart, the most by any player on either side and 20 percent of the Wings’ team total of 35, two more than Pittsburgh.
RED WINGS lead series 3-1
8 - Consecutive Game 4s lost
at home by the Penguins. Pittsburgh's last Game 4 win at Mellon Arena
came when the Penguins beat Philadelphia in 1997 to stave off
elimination in a first-round series.
10 - Goals by Pittsburgh's Marian Hossa, who took the team lead when he scored a power-play goal in the first period.
11 - Power-play goals allowed by the Red Wings in this year's playoffs, including one each in Games 3 and 4 of the Final.
- Number of Pittsburgh players who blocked at least one shot. In all,
the Penguins blocked 21 shot attempts by the Red Wings, with Ryan Whitney, Brooks Orpik and Sergei Gonchar blocking three apiece.
15 - Faceoffs won by Sidney Crosby,
in 24 tries. His performance in the faceoff circle was a big reason the
Penguins won 32 faceoffs to just 22 for the Red Wings, the first time
they've topped 50 percent in this series.
Pittsburgh's winning streak at Mellon Arena before Saturday's loss to
the Red Wings. The Penguins hadn't lost at home since Feb. 24, when San
Jose won 2-1 in a shootout. They hadn't lost in regulation since
Boston's 2-1 win on Feb. 13.
18 - Times in 20 playoff
games that the Red Wings have out-shot their opponents, including all
four games of the Stanley Cup Final. They are 14-4 in those games.
19 - Marc-Andre Fleury's
winning streak at home, which ended with Saturday night's 2-1 loss to
Detroit. He hadn't lost since Nov. 21, when New Jersey won 2-1.
24 - Points in the playoffs by Crosby, the most of any player in this year's playoffs, after his assist on Marian Hossa's first-period goal. His 18 assists are also tops among all players.
28:23 - Ice time for Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, the most of any player on either team and well above his playoff-leading average of 25:50. Sergei Gonchar led the Penguins for the fourth consecutive game with 26:16.
- Shots on goal by the Red Wings, the fewest they've had in this
series. They reached the 30-shot mark for the 17th time in 20 playoff
games this year.
46.2 - Faceoff winning percentage of Detroit's Kris Draper, who was 6-for-13. He came into the game leading all players in the playoffs with a 64.3 percentage on draws.
- Shots at goal by the Red Wings, who had 30 on goal, 21 blocked and 14
that missed the net. Pittsburgh had 23 shots on goal, but only 42 at Chris Osgood - 10 were blocked and nine missed the target.