I'm pleased to introduce a new game day feature here at Mile High Hockey. Okay, pleased is kind of a strong word. Mildly delighted? Yes, I am mildly delighted to introduce a new game day feature. For each game (that I don't slack off for) I'll be posting the splits for the Avs' players against the evening's opponent - in this case, the Edmonton Oilers. All of these stats are courtesy of hockey-reference.com, Excel's VLOOKUP tool and the number 42.
As you can see, Matt Duchene loves to play against the Oilers. His 1.13 point per game pace against Edmonton is well above his career average of .69 (.44 above, to be exact). The 17 points he's scored against the Oilers is 5 more than he's scored against any other team. "Any other team" being Detroit). In a smaller sampling, Mark Olver has had good success against Edmonton. Meanwhile, Jamie McGinn hasn't fared very well against Edmonton (perhaps there aren't any great restaurants there). Steve Downie has yet to score against the Oilers, a trend that will continue tonight (too soon?).
|Duchene||15||5||12||17||1.13||+ 0.44||+ 4||6||2||0||18:02|
|Stastny||35||6||24||30||0.86||- 0.01||+ 6||10||2||1||19:34|
|Hejduk||74||28||33||61||0.82||+ 0.02||+ 12||14||9||2||18:50|
|Olver||4||1||2||3||0.75||+ 0.38||+ 3||2||0||1||15:47|
|Parenteau||3||1||1||2||0.67||- 0.02||- 1||0||1||0||16:36|
|OReilly||18||4||6||10||0.56||+ 0.10||- 1||2||1||0||18:13|
|Jones||21||4||7||11||0.52||+ 0.04||- 7||4||2||1||15:17|
|Landeskog||6||2||1||3||0.50||- 0.12||+ 5||2||1||0||18:57|
|Kobasew||31||4||7||11||0.35||- 0.02||+ 3||20||0||2||11:29|
|McLeod||26||3||4||7||0.27||+ 0.08||- 3||58||0||0||10:47|
|Mitchell||4||0||1||1||0.25||- 0.07||- 2||0||0||0||14:25|
|McGinn||12||1||2||3||0.25||- 0.03||- 2||6||0||0||12:32|
|Downie||3||0||0||0||0.00||- 0.50||- 2||11||0||0||13:15|
On the blueline, Erik Johnson and Greg Zanon have traditionally had strong games against the Oilers while Shane O'Brien (-5) and Matt Hunwick (0 points, -4) haven't been so hot.
|Johnson||17||2||9||11||0.65||+ 0.22||+ 6||16||1||0||20:59|
|Zanon||25||0||8||8||0.32||+ 0.19||+ 14||20||0||0||20:35|
|Wilson||17||1||4||5||0.29||- 0.02||+ 4||20||0||0||17:30|
|Hejda||20||3||0||3||0.15||- 0.08||- 2||14||0||0||20:05|
|OByrne||14||0||1||1||0.07||- 0.05||- 1||8||0||0||18:20|
|OBrien||26||1||0||1||0.04||- 0.15||- 5||54||1||0||16:30|
|Hunwick||6||0||0||0||0.00||- 0.24||- 4||0||0||0||19:38|
J.S. Giguere has very poor career numbers against Edmonton, but he did beat them the last time he played them back in December of 2010. He was a member of the Maple Leafs back then; as an added wrinkle, John Mitchell was his teammate.
Interesting stat to close things out with. In 6 of the last 7 seasons going back to '05-'06, the teams have had the same number of head-to-head wins in the season series. The only exception is the 2007-08 season, when the Avs won 6 of the 8 games. The teams play each other 5 times this year, so that trend won't continue (thanks, Gary).