Numbered Days: October 26th

Numbered Days is a weekly feature looking back at the statistical week that was in the NHL. Raw data was extracted from War On Ice, Natural Stat Trick and Hockey Reference.

Sunday, October 19: The LA Kings post a sub-40% 5v5 Corsi for the 2nd straight game. This is the first time since their 2012 playoff series versus Vancouver that the Kings have been held below the 40% Corsi mark at event strength in consecutive games.

Monday, October 20: The Oilers use only 4 different players in the faceoff circle against the Lightning on route to a 3-2 win. Each of those centres finished below 50% on the night, marking only the 31st time since 2007-2008 that a team has used only 4 centres none of whom finished with a winning record on the dot (yes, this was a tough night to find something interesting to report on).

Tuesday, October 21: The Phoenix, err, Arizona Coyotes record 24 of their 59 shot attempts over two spells of just about 3 minutes each (from 16:34 to 18:59 of the 2nd and 4:40-7:42 of the 3rd). That’s just 40% of their shot attempts coming in only 8% of the game. Amazingly, Arizona manages to finish at exactly 50% in all-strengths Corsi despite recording only 35 shot attempts over 59:33 seconds of play.

Wednesday, October 22: Claude Giroux leads the Flyers in total time-on-ice as the Flyers defeat their in-state rival Penguins. Since 2007-2008, Giroux has been the most played skater on the Flyers 43 times. Only 3 forwards have been the most-used skater more often over that time period, with Ilya Kovalchuk accomplishing it an amazing 139(!!!) times in 505 games.

Thursday, October 23: Darcy Kuemper records his 3rd shutout of the season in the Wild’s 2-0 win over the Coyotes. Over the past 2 seasons Kuemper has recorded 5 shutouts in 30 games played, no goalie has recorded a better shutout/GP rate over that period.

Friday, October 24: Ondrej Pavelec is pulled after allowing 4 goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 40 minutes. Since 2009-2010, only 1 goalie has more games with between 20 and 50 minutes played (i.e. he got pulled). That goalie: Steve Mason of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Saturday, October 25: Jason Zucker scores on both of his shots on goal while playing only 10 minutes in Minnesota’s 7-2 thumping of the Lightning. In the Behind The Net era, only 17 players have scored at least 2 goals and posted a 100% shooting percentage while playing 10 minutes or less. His Wild teammate Zach Parise is the only player to score a hat-trick on only 3 shots in that time span, needing only 9:36 to put 3 goals past Michael Neuvirth in March of 2012.
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