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Insider Only By the Numbers: A look at how the Penguins compare statistically to last years team at the 48 game mark

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2013-2014 SEASON at 48 game mark
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (34-12-2, 70 pts), 1ST IN EASTERN CONFERENCE
| 30 ROW | Diff +41 | Home 20-3-0 | Away 14-9-2 | Vs East 24-10-1 | Vs West 10-2-1 |
  • Goals For 156 (G/G 3.17, 4th in NHL)
  • Goals Against 115 (GA/G 2.40, 9th in NHL)
  • 5-on-5 Goals For/Against Ratio 1.12, 9th in NHL
  • Even Strength Goals (5-on-5) 100, 4th in NHL
  • Even Strength Goals Against (5-on-5) 89, 21st in NHL
  • PP% 24.7, tied for 1st in NHL | PK% 87.7, 1st in NHL
  • Shots Per Game 30.6%, 11th in NHL
  • Shots Against Per Game 27.7, 7th (least) in NHL

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2012-2013 SEASON at 48 game mark
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (36-12-0, 72 PTS), 1ST IN EASTERN CONFERENCE
| 33 ROW | Diff +46 | Home 18-6-0 | Away 18-6-0 | Vs East 36-12-0 | Vs West N/A |
  • Goals For 165 (G/G 3.38, 1st in NHL)
  • Goals Against 119 (GA/G 2.48, 12th in NHL)
  • 5-on-5 Goals For/Against Ratio 1.35, 2nd in NHL
  • Even Strength Goals (5-on-5) 107, 3rd in NHL
  • Even Strength Goals Against (5-on-5) 79, 10th in NHL
  • PP% 24.7, 1st in NHL | PK% 79.6%, 25th in NHL
  • Shots Per Game 30.0, 11th in NHL
  • Shots Against Per Game 29.2, 16th (least) in NHL
ANALYSIS: The Penguins last season posted 72 points in the lockout shortened 48 game season and not to go much into memory lane but they went to the playoffs as a heavy favorite to reach the Stanley Cup Finals but would be remembered best as paper champions.
This Penguins team having 70 points at the 48 game mark is a bit more impressive considering the injuries the Penguins have constantly dealt with and considering the Penguins have played 13 games against the stronger Western Conference, going 10-2-1, compared to last season when the Penguins didn’t play the west.
The one stat that stands out for the Penguins is that they were more efficient last season at 5-on-5, which isn’t surprising. Defensively I like this years group better but being 21st in the NHL in giving up 89 even strength goals is something that stands out but it’s a bit difficult to statistically measure with so many key players on the backend missing time this season, including their best shutdown defenseman in Paul Martin.

The Penguins have a combined percentage of 112.4% on special teams, compared to last season (104.3%). The penalty kill, though, was on the upswing going into the playoffs as it took time for a new alignment to work. Last spring, Pittsburgh was 92.3% on the penalty kill in 15 post-season games.
Where last year’s team was stronger was at forward where the Penguins were much deeper and had more stability in goal with Tomas Vokoun as a second option behind Marc Andre Fleury. As good as Fleury’s numbers have been in winning a league high 27 games, there’s not much difference from the Fleury we’re seeing this regular season compared to previous years in the regular season.
Fleury’s save percentage in 39 games is .917. Last season it was .916.

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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