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Results do vary - 03-26-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

As Ron Cook points out today, the Penguins pretty much stink against the NHL's better teams. And when you break down their results by team, it's pretty evident, they've gotten fat this season on bad competition.

We broke down all 29 other teams in the NHL into three groups (Top 10, middle 10, bottom 10) in terms of points.  All teams are listed with the Penguins' numbers against. And each group is listed with the Penguins' cumulative totals against:

Top 10

Team Record Points
(Percentage)
Goals For
(Average)
Goals Against
(Average)
1. Capitals 0-1-2 2 (.333) 10 (3.33) 15 (5.00)
2. Sharks 0-1-0 0 (.000) 0 (0.00) 5 (5.00)
3. Blackhawks 0-0-1 1 (.500) 1 (1.00) 2 (2.00)
4. Coyotes 0-1-0 0 (.000) 0 (0.00) 3 (3.00)
5. Canucks 0-1-0 0 (.000) 2 (2.00) 6 (6.00)
6. Devils 0-6-0 0 (.000) 5 (0.83) 22 (3.67)
7. Penguins - - - -
8. Predators 0-0-1 1 (.500) 3 (3.00) 4 (4.00)
9. Sabres 3-1-0 6 (.750) 13 (3.25) 11 (2.75)
10. Kings 0-1-0 0 (.000) 2 (2.00) 5 (5.00)
Overall 3-12-4 10 (.263) 36 (1.89) 73 (3.84)

Notes:

If nothing else, this list shows how much better/competitive the Western Conference is than the Eastern.

-It should probably be noted that the Penguins were without some of their most important players in more than a few of these games:

  • The first game which comes to mind is the 6-2 disaster of a loss in Vancouver in which their top two goaltenders - Marc-Andre Fleury and Brent Johnson - were not available and the third goaltender, John Curry, was chased in favor of Alexander Pechurskiy, who played in the game on a one-game tryout contract.
  • The losses in Los Angeles and San Jose as well as Wednesday's game in Washington were played without the services of Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar.
  • The Jan. 21 home loss to the Capitals was played without Marc-Andre Fleury who has nursing a hand injury.
  • The Chicago loss was played without the services of Sidney Crosby.

-That said, championship-caliber teams learn how to deal with injuries/suspensions/etc. The Capitals are 7-2-1 when Alex Ovechkin is out of the lineup.

-Those number against the Devils are sobering when you look at them huh? Not one stinking point.

-It's still stunning that the Penguins still have a chance in claiming the Atlantic Division despite their issues with the Devils.

-How in the world have the Penguins been so good against the Sabres and Vezina/Hart Trophy candidate Ryan Miller?

-The Coyotes, Devils (twice) and the Sharks have recorded shutouts of the Penguins this season.


Middle 10

Team Record Points
(Percentage)
Goals For
(Average)
Goals Against
(Average)
11. Avalanche 1-0-0 2 (1.00) 4 (4.00) 1 (1.00)
12. Red Wings 1-1-0 2 (.500) 3 (1.50) 4 (2.00)
13. Senators 2-2-0 4 (.500) 18 (4.50) 10 (2.50)
14. Flames 1-0-0 2 (1.00) 3 (3.00) 1 (1.00)
15. Canadiens 3-1-0 6 (.750) 15 (3.75) 9 (2.25)
16. Flyers 4-1-0 8 (.800) 20 (4.00) 15 (3.00)
17. Blues 1-0-0 2 (1.00) 5 (5.00) 1 (1.00)
18. Bruins 3-1-0 6 (.750) 11 (2.75) 9 (2.25)
19. Wild 0-2-0 0 (.000) 4 (2.00) 6 (3.00)
20. Stars 1-0-0 2 (1.00) 6 (6.00) 3 (3.00)
Overall 17-8-0 34 (.680) 89 (3.56) 59 (2.36)

Notes:

-Obviously, the Penguins are a lot better when they face the C students of the NHL, but the numbers really do jump in the Penguins' favor don't they?

-Penguins-Senators would be an awfully entertaining first-round series. And it's looking more and more likely these days.

-Most of the Penguins' numbers against the Flyers were attained when Philadelphia was relatively healthy. In other words, they weren't down to their third goalteder and Jeff Carter was still playing. That's not the case these days. The Penguins, or any team for that matter, would be in good shape if they were able to face the Flyers in the first round.

-The Bruins and Penguins have each recorded 3-0 shutouts against one another this season.

-For whatever reason, the Penguins have never done well against the Wild. They have a 2-7-2 record all-time against Minnesota.

-If the playoffs started today:

  • The Avalanche, Red Wings, Senators, Canadiens, Flyers and Bruins would be in the postseason
  • The Flames, Blues, Wild and Stars would not be.

Bottom 10

Team Record Points
(Percentage)
Goals For
(Average)
Goals Against
(Average)
21. Ducks 2-0-0 4 (1.00) 9 (4.50) 5 (2.50)
22. Thrashers 2-0-0 4 (1.00) 8 (4.00) 4 (2.00)
23. Rangers 5-0-1 11 (.917) 27 (4.50) 14 (2.33)
24. Lightning 2-1-0 4 (.667) 7 (2.33) 5 (1.67)
25. Blue Jackets 1-0-0 2 (1.00) 4 (4.00) 3 (3.00)
26. Panthers 3-1-0 6 (.750) 11 (2.75) 12 (3.00)
27. Hurricanes 1-1-2 4 (.500) 10 (2.50) 12 (3.00)
28. Islanders 3-1-0 6 (.750) 15 (3.75) 11 (2.75)
29. Maple Leafs 2-1-0 4 (.667) 12 (4.00) 7 (2.33)
30. Oilers 1-0-0 2 (1.00) 3 (3.00) 2 (2.00)
Overall 22-5-3 47 (.783) 106 (3.53) 75 (2.50)

Notes:

-Remember when Penguins-Rangers was a rivalry?

-The Penguins sure have had a lot of trouble with the Hurricanes this season.

-Isn't it kind of odd how the Penguins have won three of four against the Panthers but have been outscored in that series?

-The Thrashers and Rangers are the only teams in this group with legit hopes to reach the postseason.

-There were no shutouts for or against the Penguins in this group.

(Photo: Nick Wass/Associated Press)

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