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.
30 | Penalty minutes for both Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who are, as you may be aware, freaky twins. Pretty much everything they do is identical. Henrik’s assist Sunday night broke a dead-heat for the team scoring lead. They came into the game with 33 points apiece. Their average icetime is nigh-identical, with Henrik at 21:26 and Daniel at 21:22. They have 4 powerplay goals apiece. But here’s the funny thing about the penalty minutes: they didn’t come by the identical totals the same way. Henrik has a team-leading 15 minor penalties. Daniel, on the other hand, has 10 minors and a misconduct. Evil twin.
12,148 | Days both Sedins have been alive. Both of them! Eerie!
2.22 | The Canucks’ goals against per game, which is elite. They’re fourth in the NHL and second in the West, behind only the LA Kings, who are so stifling they’ve made Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones look like Jonathan Quick (which certainly makes Quick’s 10-year, $58 million deal seem a bit silly, and we would know about the foolishness of long-term deals). To put into context how good a 2.22 goals against per game is, in 2010-11, the Canucks led the league in the category at 2.20.
11 | Fighting majors for Tom Sestito, who leads the NHL in the category.
12 | Fighting majors for the rest of the Canucks combined. Fighting? Gross. That’s Sestito’s job. The Canucks are actually fifth in the league in majors, but, again, outside of Tom Sestito, they really don’t fight all that often.
-10 |Jason Garrison has drawn one penalty this season. He’s been whistled for 11. That gives him a penalty plus/minus of minus-10, the lowest on the team, and one of the worst in the league. Out of 793 total players, he’s 775th. One way to get more calls? Write your cell number on a public restroom mirror.
52.7% | But lest we be accused of picking on Garrison, this number represents the percentage of his shot attempts that hit the net. It’s the highest among Canucks defencemen. We already knew he had a good shot, but it’s not just that it’s hard. It’s accurate, and he tends to get it through traffic. Those things matter, I’ve been told. (Overall on the Canucks, the most accurate shooter is Dale Weise, followed by Daniel Sedin. Guess which one of these two is likely the beneficiary of a small sample size.)
50.9% | Henrik Sedin’s faceoff winning percentage, the lowest of any Canuck faceoff man. In other words, every Canuck centre is winning more draws than they lose, which is pretty much all you can ask.
1.05 | That’s Zack Kassian’s goals per 60 minutes, making him the most efficient goal-scorer on the team by this metric. Hurry up and develop, dude. We would like to see you playing with the Sedins.
12 | Points separating the Canucks and the Philadelphia Flyers, their opponent Monday night. This is notable because both teams are in a playoff spot, and what’s more, the Flyers aren’t in theirs by virtue of a wild card. They’re holding down third place in the garbage barge that is the Metropolitan Division. How bad is the Metro? The Flyers began the year by winning just once in their first 8 games. They only won 4 times in their first 15. And yet they will end 2013 in a divisional playoff spot.
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