The math freaks are at it again.
Detroit Red Wings – In a 3-1 win over New Jersey on New Year’s Eve, the Red Wings outshot the Devils 28-13. This was practically a perfect storm for stifling shots, at least in a game not involving the Buffalo Sabres. The Red Wings allow a league-leading 45.30 shot attempts against per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play this season, while the Devils generate a paltry 47.23 shot attempts 60 minutes (only the Sabres, at 39.52 are lower). Detroit’s best shot suppressor is C Riley Sheahan, who starts more than 62% of his shifts in the offensive zone and allows a league-best 37.7 shot attempts per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play.
Among players with at least 400 minutes of 5-on-5 play this season:
SHOT ATTEMPTS AGAINST, PER 60 MINUTES AT 5-ON-5PLAYER TEAM POS. CA/60Riley Sheahan Detroit C 37.7Tomas Tatar Detroit LW 40.3Jaromir Jagr New Jersey RW 42.9Anton Stralman Tampa Bay D 43.6Brendan Smith Detroit D 43.8
Come to think of it Red Wings are fifth in the league in GAA. This with Kindl, Quincey and Ericsson in the top six. I haven't watched many games this season, but I've understood that the team defence has been very good. It's a thing that doesn't draw attention as much as mistakes like bad turnovers do.