Sunday, October 26: The Winnipeg Jets put only 28 of their 82 shot attempts on net as they 2-1 win over the Avs. Since 2007-2008, only 5 teams have had more than 54 of their shot attempts blocked or miss the net.
Monday, October 27: Wild lose 5-4 to the New York Rangers despite leading 3-0 with 17:07 left in the 3rd period. According to rinkstats.com, the Wild’s win probability was up to 98.03% before Kevin Klein scored to spark the Rangers comeback. Somehow, the Wild managed to follow that up the next night with an almost as impressive comeback, rallying from 2 down (and a win probability which had dropped to 7.06%) with 16:40 remaining in the final frame versus the Bruins.
Tuesday, October 28: The Buffalo Sabres, relentless in their pursuit of Connor McDavid, put a measely 10 shots on goal in a shutout loss to the Leafs. Buffalo’s performance marked only the 20th time since 1987 that a team has been held to less than 10 shots, and only the 5th of those games in which the team was shutout.
Wednesday, October 29: Alexander Ovechkin records 13 individual Corsi attempts as the Caps fall to the Red Wings 4-2. This was the 301st time in 523 games since start of 07-08 that he’s posted more than 10 indiividual Corsi attempts. The player with the next most 10+ Corsi attempt games over that time span: Ilya Kovlachuk, who only managed to reach the 10 Corsi mark 80 times.
Thursday, October 30: New Jersey earns a 2-1 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets as Jacob Josefson scores the only goal of the 6 shot skills competition. The win was the Devils first in a shootout since March 10, 2013, a period over which New Jersey lost 17 consecutive shootout games, bringing their total shootout wins since the start of the 2012-2013 season to 3. Oddly enough, the Devils are only tied for last in number of shootout wins over the past 3 years – the Carolina Hurricanes have also posted only 3 wins, although they’ve recorded their 3 victories in 10 tries, or less than half of the Devils 21 shootout games.
Friday, October 31: The Flames outshoot the Predators 27-25 at even-strength as they scored 3 goals in the 3rd period to win 4-3. In spite of winning the shots on goal battle, Calgary was out-Corsid 83-45 during the game, marking only the 2nd time since 2007-2008 that a team has won the shots on goal battle while posting a sub-36% CF%.
Saturday, November 1: Thomas Vanek scores a powerplay goal at 19:03 of the 2nd period to put the Minnesota Wild up 3-1 over the Dallas Stars. Vanek’s goal was the Wild’s first powerplay marker of the year, making them the last team to put one past the opposing goalie on the man advantage. Before this season, the latest a team had scored their first PPG in the BTN era was October 20th, when the 2011-2012 New York Rangers finally scored up a man in a 3-2 OT win over the Calgary Flames.