Crosby scoring despite the percentages; Giordano, Keller and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.
Sidney Crosby – The Penguins superstar assisted on three goals in a 5-2 win at Pittsburgh, and has 37 points (8 G, 29 A) in the past 26 games.
No. 87 has 73 points in 68 games, his 1.07 points per game is just above his career low (1.06) from a few years ago and, even though he’s getting his most ice time (20:46 per game) since 2013-14, Crosby has generated a career-low 2.90 shots on goal per game.
As usual, though, the puck is moving the right way (55.2 CF%, +5.2 CFRel%) with Crosby on the ice, so the real issue for Crosby’s production is tied to his on-ice shooting percentage, which is a shockingly low 5.9%.
While his percentages have dipped in recent seasons, Crosby has never had an on-ice shooting percentage below 8.0%, so the fact that he is still piling up those points despite a terrible on-ice shooting percentage, the answer goes to Pittsburgh’s league-best power play (8.87 GF/60 at 5-on-4), where Crosby has produced 33 of his 73 points.
Mark Giordano - Calgary’s captain produced a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win at Calgary, giving him 10 points (3 G, 7 A) in the past 12 games. While Giordano is averaging 0.51 points per game this season, the same as his career average, he’s generating 2.69 shots on goal per game, the second-best per-game rate of his career.
Clayton Keller – Arizona’s rookie winger counted a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win at Vancouver, and has 12 points (4 G, 8 A) in the past 13 games. He sits fourth among rookies with 48 points in 66 games.
Daniel Sedin – The veteran Canucks winger, who has been on a good run lately, had a brutal night (4 for, 17 against, 19.1 CF%, 3-10 scoring chances) and failed to register a shot attempt in a 2-1 loss to Arizona.
Valtteri Filppula – The Flyers centre was pounded (4 for, 23 against, 14.8 CF%, 1-13 scoring chances) and on the ice for three goals against in a 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh.
Nick Baptiste and Benoit Pouliot – The Sabres wingers were on the wrong side of the puck (2 for, 11 against, 51.4 CF%, 1-6 scoring chances) in a 5-1 loss to Calgary.
Chad Johnson – Buffalo’s netminder gave up four goals on 22 shots and was pulled from a 5-1 loss to Calgary after 26 minutes.
Bryan Rust – The Penguins winger left the win over the Flyers with a suspected concussion after taking a hit from Philadelphia defenceman Robert Hagg.
Wayne Simmonds – Philadelpia’s winger returned to the lineup after missing two-and-a-half weeks with an upper-body injury, and he struggled alongside Filppula, on the ice for four even-strength goals against in the 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh.
Flames LW Sam Bennett and C Mark Jankowski both had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win at Buffalo. Bennett had two points 1 G, 1 A) in his previous nine games while Jankowski had one goal in his previous nine games…Flames LW Johnny Gaudreau and D T.J. Brodie both contributed a couple of assists against the Sabres. Gaudreau had one assist in his previous five games, and Brodie had one assist in the previous four…Penguins LW Conor Sheary scored two goals in a 5-2 win at Philadelphia; he had zero points in his previous eight games…Penguins C Evgeni Malkin and D Jamie Oleksiak both had a goal and an assist against the Flyers. Malkin has 35 points (17 G, 18 A) in the past 18 games and Oleksiak has five points (1 G, 4 A) in the past eight games…Penguins LW Jake Guentzel added a couple of helpers, giving him 10 points (2 G, 8 A) in the past eight games…Coyotes C Derek Stepan posted a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win at Vancouver and has 13 points (3 G, 10 A) in the past 14 games…Coyotes LW Brendan Perlini chipped in a pair of assists; he had one assist in his previous seven games…Flames C Sean Monahan scored a goal, and had ridiculous possession stats (17 for, 2 against, 89.5 CF%, 9-1 scoring chances) in 5-1 win at Buffalo…Flames G David Rittich turned away 25 of 26 shots in a 5-1 win at Buffalo. He had a .864 save percentage in his previous six games.
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