Every now and then we like to take a break from all the words and just post some numbers. And some words describing the numbers, as otherwise it would just be a whole bunch of numbers with no context, which would be really weird. Big Numbers is a weekly feature on Pass it to Bulis in which we identify the numbers and statistics that really matter or, frequently, the ones that don’t matter at all but are still pretty interesting.
26,190 | The amount of dollars per point the Canucks are paying Mike Santorelli. After his 3-point game on Sunday, the versatile forwards is on pace for 21 goals and 54 points on a league minimum $550,000 salary, making him easily the biggest bargain in the NHL. The next best is Nick Bonino, who is costing the Anaheim Ducks $31,818 per point so far this season, over $5,000 more than Santorelli.
20 | Points by Mike Santorelli at even-strength, to lead the Canucks. Henrik is next best at 18 points. On the flip-side, Santorelli does not have a single point on the power play this season, despite averaging 1:29 per game on the man advantage. To be fair, nobody on the second unit power play has scored with the man advantage this season, so it’s not all on Santorelli.
10 | Points by Jason Garrison in his last 8 games, more than doubling his point total on the season. His 19 points tie him with Ryan McDonagh, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Keith Yandle, Andrei Markov, and Brent Seabrook for 8th among NHL defencemen.
12 | The number of Garrison’s 15 assists that are primary assists, the assist that leads directly to a goal. This is third on the team behind the Sedins’ 13 apiece, but first in the NHL among defencemen, ahead of Erik Karlsson’s 11 primary assists. This doesn’t mean that Garrison is all about the delicious dish, of course, as the bulk of those primary assists would be off rebounds from his artillery cannon of a slap shot.
5 | Goals by Ryan Kesler in his last 4 games. Also, the maximum distance in feet from which those 5 goals were scored. He goes to more dirty areas than Pig-Pen, which, ironically, is the cleanest joke that could possibly be made from that setup.
4 | Number of games in a row in which the Canucks have scored the first goal. In what I’m sure is a massive coincidence, it’s also the number of games the Canucks have won in a row.
76 | The number of times Chris Tanev has been hit this season, leading all Canucks. This isn’t too surprising, as Tanev seems to get crushed along the end boards regularly while making outlet passes, only to pop right back up to his skates. While he doesn’t seem particularly adept at eluding hits, he certainly knows how to take one.
7 | Points in 7 games in the AHL for Yannick Weber prior to the Canucks recalling that he exists and recalling him to the NHL. Weber played big minutes for the Utica Comets and helped them triple their win total on the season with a 4-3 record while he was on the farm, including two big wins over the first place Abbotsford Heat.
7 | Also, the number of games in a row with a power play goal for the Canucks, broken by an 0-for-3 night with the man advantage against the Phoenix Coyotes. The last time the Canucks scored a power play goal in 7 straight games was in 2005-06, with players like Markus Naslund, Ed Jovanovski, and Todd Bertuzzi scoring the goals.
6 | Canucks prospect Cole Cassels’ points in his last two games after a 4-game slump. The Canucks’ 2013 3rd round pick now has 34 points in 26 games, easily justifying his selection in the draft and helping him earn his first NHL contract.
42 | The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. Also, the number of points Bo Horvat has scored in 27 games for the London Knights this season. There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.