Sports 11 surprising stats from first half of 2017-18 NHL season

02:41  06 january  2018
02:41  06 january  2018 Source:   Sportsnet

2017-18 Season Already a Lost Cause for the Senators

  2017-18 Season Already a Lost Cause for the Senators ***ImagePlaceholder*** https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/kP8qlOgA6lO9fLGvzboYnwu9wog=/0x143:4382x2608/1920x1080/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/58112073/usa_today_10492625.0.jpg Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Despite there being just over three months left in the regular season, the playoffs are essentially out of the question for the Senators The holiday spirit is in the air! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas/holiday break, as it’s always my favourite time of year. However, coming back from the break can be depressing, especially if you have been following the Ottawa Senators this season.

Every hockey campaign packs a few surprises . Here are some of the most unexpected stats from around the NHL so far this season . LFR 11 - Game 42 - Shark Shave. 3 hours ago. Breaking down the five best defence pairs of the NHL ’s first half .

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We're at the halfway point of the season, and everything is exactly the way we expected it would be.

Well, actually...Every hockey campaign packs a few surprises. Here are some of the most unexpected stats from around the NHL so far this season.

• The Edmonton Oilers' 31st-ranked penalty kill (70.5 per cent) is historically bad. Their 70.5 penalty kill percentage is the worst of any NHL team dating back three decades.

• The Buffalo Sabres had the NHL's top power play last season (24.5 per cent), but have fallen all the way to the bottom of the league in that category (12.4 per cent) this year -- above only the Columbus Blue Jackets (11.4).

Jack Eichel's SOS: Even breakout season can't fix broken Sabres

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The 2017 – 18 NHL season is the 101st season of operation (100th season of play) of the National Hockey League . With the addition of a new expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, 31 teams compete in an 82-game regular season .

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• Tampa Bay's rookie defenceman, Mikhail Sergachev, has more goals (8) and points (25) than Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin (5G, 18P) this season. The two were swapped for one another in a trade last June and will be compared their whole careers because of it.

• There's an unfamiliar face at the top of the league's scoring leaders: Josh Bailey. The New York Islanders winger already has 50 points on the season (12G, 38A), which ties him for second in points league-wide (!) and is just six shy of last year's career-high 82-game total.

• We seem to have our Karlssons mixed up: Vegas Golden Knights centreman William Karlsson already has 20 goals through 39 games this season (good for sixth in the category across the league). The better known Erik Karlsson, on the other hand, has just three goals so far and is sitting on a minus-20 rating as the Ottawa Senators' struggles continue.

Ranking the CFL's top 20 free agents

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NHL Statistics - 2017 - 18 . Season Daily Glance - A quick look at standings, yesterday's and today's games, as well as a quick look at league leaders. Relative Power Index - A formula that rates teams based upon their record and their strength of schedule.

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• Speaking of Swedes... while Karlsson (William, that is) is the top Swedish player in goals scored, he doesn't lead his fellow countrymen in overall points. That title belongs to Dallas Stars defenceman John Klingberg, whose 36 points (5G, 31A) have him leading all NHL defencemen. (Another Carlson -- John, this time -- ranks second.)

• Vegas is a playoff team? Yup, Vegas is a playoff team. The brand new franchise has a 27-10-2 record through 39 games, including a league-best 17-2-1 at home, and continues to break expansion-team records. They currently have a three-point cushion atop the Pacific Division and sit second overall in the NHL's standings behind only the Tampa Bay Lightning. They also finished the calendar year on a record-setting win streak.

• The Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks and Oilers are all sitting outside the playoff picture right now.

Report: Pirates trade Cole to Astros

  Report: Pirates trade Cole to Astros The Houston Astros reportedly made a key addition to their starting rotation, acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates, a source told Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The return for the Pirates isn't yet known.The 27-year-old Cole is entering his second year of salary arbitration and is under team control through the 2019 season.Last year, the Astros had the sixth-best starting rotation in all of baseball, according to FanGraphs' WAR. They added Justin Verlander late in the year en route to the club's first World Series title in franchise history.

Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the Bears MVP the first half of the season , the area the Bears most need to improve and which player will be the most pleasant surprise over the final eight games. Posted Dec 18 , 2017 . Which Bears players will make Pro Bowl?

The NHL ’s 2017 - 18 season is 20 percent complete for many of the league ’s teams, which means its high time to start talking about some early surprises and disappointments. Connor McDavid is obviously amazing, with 18 points. Leon Draisaitl (12) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ( 11 ) are also great.

• We've seen some significant (and surprising) droughts through the first three months of the season: Star defenceman Brent Burns went 20 games before finally burying his first of the season, while Nazem Kadri and Max Pacioretty didn't score a single goal all December.

• Vancouver Canucks rookie Brock Boeser is scoring at record pace.

His 21 goals account for 19.8 per cent of the Canucks' goals scored this year, and has him sitting in fifth place league-wide in total goals.

We knew the forward, drafted 23rd overall in 2015, would be good -- especially after his short-but-sweet nine-game debut last season, when he scored four goals -- but the fact that he's this good has been one of the best surprises so far.

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From the Raptors youth movement, to breakout stars and one marquee team blowing it all, here are five of the biggest surprises from the first half of the NBA season.After one of the most shocking, trade-filled off-seasons in NBA history, the league continues to deliver.

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