Five Totally Not Useless Stats You Definitely Need To Know Before Puck Drop

Five Totally Not Useless Stats You Definitely Need To Know Before Puck Drop

With the Stanley Cup Final still a few days away, we decided to have a bit of fun and poll you on Twitter on some pretty trivial statistics. Now, the votes are in. Let’s see how you did!

It was a pretty close race, but the only player able to keep it on the right side of the blue line is actually Danton Heinen. In about 230 minutes of ice time, he’s yet to be caught offside. Ivan Barbashev and Sean Kuraly were both caught twice, while Blais was whistled three times despite playing fewer minutes than the other three options.

And the winner for most offsides goes to…. Brad Marchand! He’s running away with it right now at 11 offsides through the first three rounds. It’s a tight race after him with Pat Maroon (7), Vladimir Tarasenko (6), and David Pastrnak (5) battling it out. Marchand’s 18 points are more than anyone on the Bruins or Blues though so I’m sure they’ll put up with him occasionally killing the play.

The Blues had the 5th most dump-ins out of any team during the regular season so it’s no surprise that one of their guys is on top. David Perron loves himself a good dump in, his 93 are over 20 more than the next guy, Brandon Carlo (70) who’s followed closely by Ryan O’Reilly (66) and David Pastrnak (63).

You voted Jay Bouwmeester as the King of Icing in a landslide, but he’s not the rightful heir to the throne. In fact, he doesn’t even lead his team. That dubious honor goes to his teammate and captain, Alex Pietrangelo, who iced the puck 25 times in 19 games, 6 more than Jay Bouwmeester. Being on the ice late and shooting for empty netters will do that to you. Charlie McAvoy (11) and Brandon Carlo (9) aren’t even close.

The goalie battle could play a huge piece in who wins this series. Tuukka Rask is having an unbelievable run, making some huge saves and putting together some impressive numbers. Turns out though that Jordan Binnington is playing the puck a whole lot more than Rask. He’s averaging 16.8 passes per game, 3 more than Rask. Goalies playing the puck always has its risks but defensemen love it when they have someone back there who can break the puck out for them.



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