Classic Stats: April 24, 2010

Your collection of stats and trivia on the morning of game six between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators:

  • Pascal Leclaire's 56-save performance broke his career-high of 48 saves set back in 2006. His previous best this season was 33 saves on January 7, 2010 in a 5-2 loss to Washington.
  • Leclaire's playoff save percentage is .927, a significant improvement over his regular season total of .887. The last time his save percentage was above .900? November 21, 2009.
  • Brian Elliott has the lowest save percentage of any goalie who has started a game at .853.
  • Anton Volchenkov leads the NHL with 26 blocked shots, six more than anyone else. He blocks a shot approximately every sixth shift, an average of once every 4:26 of ice time. Matt Carkner is second on the Senators, blocking a shot every 8:08 on the ice.
  • Pittsburgh's Jay McKee averages a blocked shot every 5:56, but has only played three games. Kris Letang, who leads the Penguins with 13 blocked shots (half as many as Volchenkov), averages one every 9:42.
  • Mike Rupp leads both teams with a hit every 2:01 on the ice. Zack Smith averages one every 2:49.
  • Only four players have zero shots on goal: Jonathan Cheechoo and Shean Donovan for Ottawa, Jordan Leopold and Mike Rupp for Pittsburgh.
  • Jason Spezza's 8 giveaways are the most in the series. Alex Goligoski is second with 5.
  • Sidney Crosby leads both teams with 8 takeaways. Alexei Ponikarovsky and Mike Fisher are tied for second with 5 apiece.
  • Sidney Crosby has won 68 faceoffs, 22 more than anyone else. He also has 14 points for an average of 2.8 per game. Jason Spezza and Evgeni Malkin are second with 7 points each.
  • Erik Karlsson and Sergei Gonchar both have 6 points, tying them with Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson of Los Angeles for the lead in scoring amongst defencemen. Karlsson also leads the NHL in rookie scoring. Peter Regin is tied with John Carlson (Washington) and Tyler Ennis (Buffalo) for second with 4 points.
  • Matt Carkner’s last goal was Novermber 19, 2009 against Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury has now allowed 67% of Carkner’s NHL goals.
  • Finally, Carkner's goal was only his second playoff goal at any level since he was 17. He never scored a playoff goal in his four seasons in the OHL, and only had one in his eight seasons in the AHL.

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