(Without having looked at any of the scores from tonight, although they announced the Vancouver score on the flight: VAN, DET, PIT, BOS; I was taking VAN anyway.)
124 NHL forwards meet the following criteria:
- At least 50 ES shots in 2007-08
- At least 50 ES shots in 2008-09
- A shooting percentage better than 9.3%, the average for forwards in 2007-08
In 2007-08, they collectively shot 12.2% on 1988/16333 shooting. This year they took a collective 15826 shots. What was their shooting percentage?
Bonus question: The top 25 by this criteria scored 466 ES goals on 2784 ES shots in 2007-08. What was their shooting percentage this year?
Bonus fact: The Avs had Marek Svatos and Paul Stastny go 43/220 last year at ES. They followed that up with a 12/186 campaign. Add that to to the goaltending and it’s fairly easy to see why things went so wrong.
Even more random fact: Mats Sundin was a huge disappointment for the Canucks at ES, scoring a pedestrian 0.45/1.01/1.46 at ES. He was the same Mats on the PP though – 2.21/3.97/6.18. I wonder if conditioning was his biggest issue – it should be less of a factor on the PP.