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This Week In NHL Numbers: Potent Preds, punchless power plays and great goalies

The Preds are scoring, the Sens are not, and the Sabres are suddenly stingy. Here are 10 standout NHL stats that caught our attention this week.

The Nashville Predators are scoring like never before, but the puck's going in at both ends. The Ottawa Senators' power play is definitely not living up to its name. And a Buffalo Sabres goalie just did something that Dominik Hasek never accomplished.

Here are 10 standout NHL stats that caught our attention this week:

Nearly three weeks into the NHL regular season, that’s the number of losses in regulation time for Colorado. At 6-0-1 the Avalanche aren’t quite perfect – they lost 3-2 in overtime to Pittsburgh on Wednesday – but they’re the last remaining team without a 60-minute loss. Honorable mentions for Edmonton (7-1-0) and Buffalo (6-1-1), as the Oilers try to make the playoffs for just the second time in 14 seasons, and the Sabres look to snap an eight-year playoff drought.

Ottawa’s next power-play goal will be its first of the season. The Senators are 0-for-21 on the PP (0.0 percent), including 0-for-14 at home, and they’re the only team in the league without at least one goal on the man advantage. In fact, with one shorthanded goal, the Sens score more often when the other team has a power play.

Speaking of shorthanded goals, Vegas leads the league with three this season, courtesy of Reilly Smith, Tomas Nosek and Brayden McNabb. Even better, the Golden Knights are 29-for-31 on the penalty kill, meaning they’re plus-1 on the season when their opponent has had a man advantage.

Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux is still looking for his first goal of the season, but he’s come pretty close a few times. Nobody has struck iron more than Giroux, who has three goalposts in five games. Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler (three goalposts, three goals), Vegas’ Max Pacioretty (three goalposts, two goals) and Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov (two goalposts and one crossbar, one goal) have also hit iron three times, but at least they’ve also hit the scoresheet once or thrice as well.

Don’t look now, but the ever-so-defensive Nashville Predators are leading the league in offense, averaging 4.29 goals per game. Off-season UFA signee Matt Duchene is pacing the Preds with nine points, while sniper Filip Forsberg ranks among NHL leaders with five goals. Ten Predators players have at least five points through seven games, and 14 players have scored at least once. On the other hand, Nashville is giving up four goals a game, so things are kind of topsy-turvy in Tennessee right now.

There have been three four-goal performances already this season – by Detroit’s Anthony Mantha, Edmonton’s James Neal and Boston’s David Pastrnak – but only one player has posted a five-point game thus far in 2019-20. Who? More like, who else? Oilers captain Connor McDavid had a highlight-reel goal and a career-high four assists in a 6-3 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The number of saves by Sabres goalie Carter Hutton in Buffalo’s 3-0 blanking of Los Angeles on Thursday. It was Hutton’s second shutout in a row -- after blanking Dallas 4-0 on Monday – and the 47 stops in a shutout performance established a franchise record. The 33-year-old netminder failed to post a single shutout in 50 games with the Sabres last season.

The Canucks are off to a solid start (4-2-0) and a key reason is their penalty killing. Vancouver is 19-for-20 on the PK (95.0 percent), with St. Louis (16-for-17, 94.1 percent) the only other team to surrender just one PP goal so far.

The number of NHL games it took Montreal defenseman Victor Mete to score his first big-league goal. It was a long time coming but perhaps worth the wait, as Mete’s goal stood up as the game-winner in the Canadiens’ 4-0 shutout of Minnesota on Thursday. Less than five minutes after Mete scored, Habs rookie Nick Suzuki also notched his first career NHL goal, doing it in 120 fewer games.

That’s the number of shots faced by Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, the most in the league. Heading into Friday night’s action, the only other netminder to face 200-plus shots was Calgary’s David Rittich (221). The reason Fleury is so busy? That’s how the Golden Knights want it. Vegas backup Malcolm Subban has seen a grand total of 20 minutes of action so far, getting yanked after the first period against Arizona on Oct. 10 after giving up two goals on 14 shots. Fleury is fine with the workload so far, sporting a 5-2-0 record and .926 save percentage.

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