This is a feature that will run about every two weeks with improbable stats and situations in the National Hockey League.

If I told you in September that:

  • … more than halfway through December the New Jersey Devils would not only be out of the playoff picture, but separated from the Atlantic Division lead by more than twice their own points total…
  • … that Alex Ovechkin would lose his cool, lose his mits, and lose his first NHL fight to Brandon Dubinksky who he’s currently losing the scoring race to…

  • …on December 16th, there would be more points between 8th  and  9th in the Eastern Conference than there would be between 1st and 6th in the Western Conference…
  • …Mike Green, and Marc Staal would be tied for points on this date, and neither would be within sight of the points lead for defensemen…
  • …the leagues second oldest play Nicklas Lidstrom who entered his 19th season without ever recording a hat trick, would beat Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Jeff Skinner, and Magnus Paajarvi to the punch…
  • …Andrew Raycroft would have more than twice as many wins and less than half as many wins as Tuukka Rask with a third of the season gone…
  • …both Carey Price and Tim Thomas would probably deserve and earn not just Vezina attention buy Hart Trophy consideration as well…
  • … Nittymaki, Smith, and Budaj would have better stats at anything than Halak, Thomas, and Bryzgalov. Even if it isn’t real hockey.
  • …the Chicago Blackhawks who kept their key defensive pieces would have allowed  the third most goals in the NHL.
  • …the same Chicago Blackhawks would be as close to the Edmonton Oilers in points as they are to the Detroit Red Wings…
  • …the Penguins would have allowed less goals than the Flyers, Devils, Sabres, or Red Wings…

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PuckSage.com is a hockey site focusing on the NHL, the playing style of teams and players with analysis and the occasional predictions. If it doesn't involve what happens on ice, I won't be writing about it. About Me: Writer! Here. write hockey. I can be found on Twitter @PuckSage on Google+ and my Facebook Page is handily listed on the main page here. Radio Personality: Guest Hockey expert on WATD 95.9FM Hockey lover, cognac drinker, lover of good steak, good music, and things that make me laugh. I hate cats, cat people, sloppy hockey and vegans.

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