The first half of the 2011 Minnesota men’s hockey season has concluded, and the Gophers are on break until December 30th, but does the hockey mind stop churning? Not so fast, my friends. I’ll definitely be busy over these next couple of weeks, and let’s get it started with a “half way home” edition of “Inside the Numbers.” Note that this week’s column will only consist of Minnesota numbers and the regular column will return for the Mariucci Classic.
9: The difference in power play successes between Minnesota and its opponents. Minnesota is 24-96 on advantages while their opponents are 15-92. Minnesota actually finished -4 in this stat last season, surrendering thirty-seven power play goals.
7.7: The output, expressed in percentage of Minnesota’s shorthanded success. The Gophers are 2-26 at this point in the year, needing only two more shorthanded goals to equal last season’s number of four.
227: All of last season, Minnesota drew 227 penalties. They are at 132 as of the holiday break and 124 of those having been minor penalties with four major penalties, one ten-minute misconduct and three game misconducts.
665: The number of face offs that Minnesota has won in only half of the 2011 season. Consider that this is over half of the 1,131 that Minnesota won in all of the 2010-11 season. Just how much over half is it? 58.7%, thanks for asking.
3: Minnesota is outscoring its opponents in all regulation hockey periods this year (tied 1-1 in overtime), with a 26-12 first period, a 22-18 second period, and a 34-10 third period which is no misprint. That means Minnesota is scoring a shade over two goals to their opponents’ one.
-157: Minnesota, as much as I hate to mention this goaltending stat, is actually down in the saves department by one hundred and fifty seven compared to its opponents. Opponents have made 632 saves to Minnesota’s 475. In all of 2010-11, Minnesota was down 1116-1064, or fifty-two total saves.
27: Nick Bjugstad leads the Gophers in points with twenty-seven on sixteen goals and eleven assists (16-11-27) but Erik Haula comes next with twenty-five points on nine goals and sixteen assists (9-16-25). Jacob Cepis won the 2010-11 Gopher scoring title with twenty-nine points on twelve goals and seventeen assists.
9,232: The last stat that I will provide to you today is a rather boisterous number. Why so big, Mr. Discher? I’ll tell you. 9,232 marks the University of Minnesota’s average attendance in eleven home contests.
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Until next time, I’ll see you at the rink!