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A Season of Two Extremes

2018-02-10

As the Elite Hockey Experience passes the halfway point of its fourth season, it might be interesting to examine some historical context for how teams are performing in the current campaign. 

Here's a look at a few single-season team records that may be surpassed in 2017-18, for better or worse.

[All projections have been compared against the abbreviated 2014-15 season.]


Most Wins: 57, Boston Bruins (2016-17)

No matter how you slice it, 57 wins is an incredible total. Yet two teams, the Blackhawks and Ducks, have a chance to surpass it this year. 

Thanks in part to their current 8-game winning streak, the 'Hawks are on pace for an amazing 59 wins. But it's the Ducks who would post a truly astronomical total: 64 wins if they maintain their current pace.


Fewest Wins: 29, Arizona Coyotes (2016-17)

At the other end of the spectrum, a more depressing league record looks almost certain to fall, as the Sabres, Blues, and Flames are all on pace to end up well short of 29 wins: Buffalo is projected for 27, St. Louis for 22, and the Flames a mere 20. 


Most Points: 123, Boston Bruins (2016-17)

No surprises here; if the Ducks can keep it up they will post 135 points and annihilate the Bruins' record from last season.

 


Fewest Points: 66, Chicago Blackhawks (2016-17)

The Flames (47 points) and Blues (56 points) again look ready to go down in EHE infamy, with the Sabres (64 points) also technically coming in under the current bar.


Most Goals For: 276, Colorado Avalanche (2016-17)

The hoary old cliche may tell you that defense wins championships, but with a chance at becoming the first teams in league history to surpass 300 goals, the Ducks (312-goal pace) and Blackhawks (305-goal pace) will both be looking to ride a wave of offense straight to the Stanley Cup. 

 

Fewest Goals For: 166, Calgary Flames (2016-17)

The only team threatening the Calgary Flames' record is -- the Calgary Flames, who are on pace for a meagre 150 goals. Potentially adding insult to injury, they would also become the first team in EHE history to average fewer than two goals per game. That bushel of 2017 first-rounders can't arrive in Cowtown soon enough.


Fewest Goals Against: 186, Dallas Stars (2015-16)

As if being an offensive juggernaut wasn't enough, the Ducks are also smothering their opponents to the tune of 2.18 goals against per game, a pace that would put their total at 179. And remember that cliche mentioned earlier? Well the Penguins are one team hoping it still holds true, as they are on pace to limit their total goals against to 182.


Most Goals Against: 269, Detroit Red Wings (2015-16)

Another futility record, another team chasing its own tail; the Red Wings are currently surrendering 3.57 goals against per game, which would put them at a whopping 293 by season's end. Hopefully Brock Boeser is honing his defensive game down in the AHL.


Worst Power Play Percentage: 10.5% Florida Panthers (2014-15)

Let's get a new team on this list, shall we? The Edmonton Oilers are currently ticking along at 8.9% efficiency with the man advantage, which would break the Panthers' record from three years ago. The St. Louis Blues are also in sub-Panther territory, with a 9.2% strike rate.



All in all there are few surprises here, in that good teams produce impressive numbers while bad teams produce the opposite. What is interesting, however, is the extremes that are currently coming out of the 2017-18 EHE season. Are we simultaneously seeing the best AND worst teams in league history? Only the next 40 games will provide an answer, but it will be interesting to watch over the second half.




Kevin Lacy

I really enjoyed this, as well as the headline photo!

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Stephen Gough

Oh the pain, the pain. The burn down was much needed though... Lets just skip to the lottery draft already and bring on Free Agency. LOL, Great article though

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Kyle Phillips haha Yeah, no judgement of your process was intended.
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Martins Auzins

Fun read for sure. Well done.

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Thomas Gidlow

Awesome job sir! Very entertaining read.

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Brandyn Errickson

This was a fun read. Well done.

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Bob McGugan

Interesting subject - well done

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