Only eight percent of the time over the past nine seasons have teams with a negative goal differential made the post season. That means only 12 of 144 playoff spots were occupied by teams with negative goal differentials since the 2004-05 NHL Lockout.
With the pending departure of the Ottawa Senators first line centre Jason Spezza, the 21-year-old Mika Zibanejad is poised to inherit a bigger role. After being drafted sixth overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, Mika Zibanejad has been on track to fulfil his potential of becoming a top six NHL forward.
The James Norris Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. Based on the numbers Erik Karlsson was a better all-round defenseman this past season and more valuable to his team.