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Offensive numbers - 06-14-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

It's been five years since the NHL hit the big reset button the Playstation of life and staged a lockout which wiped out the 2004-05 season. That's five seasons of the "New" NHL with new rules which were supposed to promote offense.

How well has this experiment worked? The 2010 postseason saw an average of 6.46 goals per game. That was nearly a whole goal more than the 2009 average of 5.48. And the last time the NHL saw an average over 6.00 was the 1995 postseason - the unofficial beginning of the "dead puck" era when the trapping Devils won their first Stanley Cup title - when the average was 6.36.

Take a look at the numbers of the last five postseasons and compares them to the previous five seasons prior to the lockout:

Post-Lockout
Postseason
Year
Games
Played
Total
Goals
Average Goals
Per Game
2010 89 575 6.46
2009 87 477 5.48
2008 85 456 5.36
2007 81 469 4.95
2006 83 469 5.65
Pre-Lockout
Postseason
Year
Games
Played
Total
Goals
Average
Goals Per Game
2004 89 392 4.40
2003 89 419 4.71
2002 90 429 4.77
2001 86 413 4.80
2000 83 388 4.67

And for the sake of comparison, here are the 10 leading scorers from the five postseasons after and before the lockout:

Post-Lockout:
Player,
Teams
Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
Points
Per Game
1. Henrik Zetterberg,
Red Wings
81 43-43-86 1.06
2. Daniel Briere,
Sabres/Flyers
80 33-51-84 1.05
3. Sidney Crosby,
Penguins
62 30-52-82 1.32
4. Evgeni Malkin,
Penguins
62 29-44-73 1.18
5. Johan Franzen,
Red Wings
75 35-34-69 0.92
6. Chris Pronger,
Oilers/Ducks/Flyers
85 16-53-69 0.81
7. Pavel Datsyuk,
Red Wings
73 25-39-64 0.88
8. Nicklas Lidstrom,
Red Wings
79 16-43-59 0.75
9. Marian Hossa,
Thrashers/Penguins/Red Wings/Blackhawks
69 21-36-57 0.83
10.Brian Rafalski,
Devils/Red Wings
72 13-41-54 0.75
Pre-Lockout:
Player,
Teams
Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
Points
Per Game
1. Joe Sakic,
Avalanche
77 37-38-75 0.97
2. Peter Forsberg,
Avalanche
65 26-49-75 1.15
3. Patrik Elias
Devils
83 26-41-67 0.81
4. Brett Hull,
Stars/Red Wings
72 26-29-55 0.76
5. Petr Sykora,
Devils/Mighty Ducks
73 23-30-53 0.73
6. Milan Hejduk,
Avalanche
74 22-27-49 0.66
7. Mike Modano,
Stars
49 19-29-48 0.98
8. Alexander Mogilny,
Devils/Maple Leafs
87 24-23-47 0.54
9. Alex Tanguay,
Avalanche
74 16-28-44 0.59
10. Brian Rafalski,
Devils
82 14-29-43 0.52

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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