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Thursday, April 30, 2009

On the plus side

Small statistical note ... This was the 17th consecutive season that the Red Wings have been on the plus side for both even-strength goal differential and special-teams goal differential.

This regular season, the Red Wings were a plus-28 at even strength and a plus-22 on special teams. That was managed despite giving up 2.01 even-strength goals per game - the highest average allowed by the Red Wings since 1993-94.

The 1990-91 season was the last time that the Red Wings were a minus at either even strength or on special teams, finishing minus-5 in the former and minus-20 in the latter.

The current streak began in an odd manner with the Red Wings giving up six more power-play goals than they scored in 1991-92. But add in the team's 18 short-handed goals and the Red Wings were a plus-5 on special teams.

The special teams streak survived a four-season run (2002-03 through 2006-07) during which the Red Wings had fewer power-play opportunities than their opponents. That included a low point in 2002-03 of having 58 fewer power plays. But excelling with both the man-advantage and short-handed that season, the Red Wings still scored 28 more special-teams goals than they allowed (in those 58 fewer opportunities).


Anonymous Ryan said...

Wow, that's an insane streak.

It's interesting when you compare the rosters between the 89-90, 90-91, and 91-92 seasons. Here are the most notable players from each year.

88-89: Yzerman
89-90: Yzerman, Fedorov
90-91: Yzerman, Fedorov, Konstantinov, Lidstrom

It is, in some part, just a coincidence the Wings' streak of dominance exactly coincides with Lidstrom's career as a Red Wing. But then again, even in his first season, a 21 year old Lidstrom had 5 power play goals and was a +36, second among Wing defencemen in both categories (to Chiasson and McCrimmon, resp.). So it obviously isn't totally a coincidence.

April 30, 2009 at 7:51 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

I like the analysis a lot Ryan. Lidstrom is key as is the development of Fedorov and Konstantinov.

April 30, 2009 at 7:57 PM 

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