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.
91 | Points for Teemu Selanne in 77 career games against the Vancouver Canucks. That’s the highest points-per-game for Selanne against any Western Conference opponent in his career. He’ll be in town tonight for his final game in Vancouver, unless the Canucks somehow beat the odds and make the playoffs.
0.0315% | The Canucks current chance to make the playoffs according to Sports Club Stats. So, yeah, this is the last chance to see Teemu Selanne in Vancouver.
2.7% | The Canucks current chance to get the first overall pick in the draft lottery. As you can see, it’s far more likely that the Canucks get the first overall pick than they make the playoffs.
78 | Games played for Jason Garrison, leading the Canucks. If he can stay healthy through the Canucks’ remaining 4 games, he’ll be the only player to appear in every game this season.
8 | Points for Zack Kassian in his last 6 games, bringing him up to 27 on the season. That’s more points than Daniel Briere, Dustin Brown, and Teemu Selanne, but still one fewer than Mike Santorelli, who remains 6th on the Canucks in points despite not playing since January 16th.
1.84 | Kassian’s points per 60 minutes, which is second on the Canucks behind Henrik Sedin. You have to wonder if Kassian would have a lot more points this season if he had averaged more than 12:47 per game in ice time.
14 | Kassian’s assists this season. His assist against the Kings on Saturday gave him more assists than goals for the first time this season, which seems insane given how well he passes the puck when he’s on his game.
+11 | Dan Hamhuis’s penalty differential this season leading both the Canucks (tied with Daniel Sedin) and all NHL defencemen. It is incredibly difficult for a defenceman to avoid taking penalties, but Hamhuis has just 12 minor penalties this season while drawing 23. He’s one of just 28 defencemen to have a positive penalty differential while playing at least 40 games.
24:04 | Hamhuis’s team-leading ice time, which makes his penalty differential all the more impressive. He also has positive puck possession while starting more shifts in the defensive zone and facing tougher competition than any other Canucks defenceman.
60 | The number of goals the Canucks have scored with Hamhuis on the ice at 5-on-5, leading all Canucks by 13 goals. That’s also good for 11th in the league among defencemen, making it particularly impressive considering the Canucks overall scoring troubles. His personal offensive numbers may down from the last couple seasons, but Hamhuis is actually having a very solid year.
3.9 | The Canucks’ shooting percentage when Alex Edler is on the ice at 5-on-5, which isn’t just the worst on the Canucks, but is also the worst among all NHL defencemen. If you’re looking for the main reason why Edler is tied for the worst +/- in the league among defencemen, this is it. If his on-ice shooting percentage was closer to the 7.2% from last season or 7.5% from the season before, his +/- would be close to even.
182 | The number of goals the Canucks have scored this season. They have 4 games to score 10 goals; otherwise, the Canucks will set a franchise low for goals scored in a non-lockout year. Their current record low was 192 goals in 1998-99. The Canucks finished last in the Western Conference that season and, after a series of trades, selected Daniel and Henrik Sedin with the second and third overall picks in the following draft.Tags: Big Numbers, Dan Hamhuis, Zack Kassian