It's celebration week for Number Crunching as we, along with the rest of Canucks Nation, congratulate Henrik Sedin for becoming the first ever Vancouver Canuck to capture the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading point scorer. In honour of Henrik's achievement, we crunch the numbers on some Art Ross history and make a case for why Hank is better than Sid and Ovie. And as a wrap-up to the regular season, we present the Number Crunching Super Stats Pack.
TODAY THE ART ROSS, TOMORROW THE WORLD?
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2010/04/apr1010_twins_t.jpg class="imageFloatLeftFramed">Henrik Sedin became the first Canucks player to capture an Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer with his 112-point season (29-83-112) but his greatest challenge is yet to come as he looks to be just the 11th Art Ross Trophy winner in the last 39 NHL seasons to lead his team to a Stanley Cup victory.
Since the Canucks' inaugural season in 1970.71, the Art Ross Trophy winner has advanced to 12 different Stanley Cup Finals while winning it 10 times. Working against Henrik, as far as history goes, will be the fact that an Art Ross Trophy winner has not won back-to-back Stanley Cups since 1984 and 1985 when Wayne Gretzky captured the award in both seasons while also winning the Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers both years. Last season, Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin captured the Art Ross Trophy and went on to win the Stanley Cup with the Penguins.
Below is a complete list of Art Ross Trophy winners that have gone on to win the Stanley Cup since the 1970.71 season:
1972 - Phil Esposito - Boston Bruins
1976 - Guy Lafleur - Montreal Canadiens
1977 - Guy Lafleur - Montreal Canadiens
1978 - Guy Lafleur - Montreal Canadiens
1984 - Wayne Gretzky - Edmonton Oilers
1985 - Wayne Gretzky - Edmonton Oilers
1987 - Wayne Gretzky - Edmonton Oilers
1992 - Mario Lemieux - Pittsburgh Penguins
2004 - Martin St. Louis - Tampa Bay Lightning
2009 - Evgeni Malkin - Pittsburgh Penguins
The other two Art Ross Trophy winners that appeared in the Stanley Cup Final the same season but did not win the ultimate prize were:
1974 - Phil Esposito - Boston Bruins (lost to Philadelphia Flyers)
1983 - Wayne Gretzky - Edmonton Oilers (lost to New York Islanders)
NO TIME TO SPARE
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2010/04/apr1010_ehrhoff_t.jpg class="imageFloatRightFramed">While some critics during the race for the Art Ross Trophy have pointed out that both Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin played fewer games than Henrik Sedin, one thing that no one can dispute is that Henrik has gotten more accomplished while getting much less average ice-time per game.
Henrik finished the season averaging 19:41 of ice-time - over two full minutes fewer on average per game compared to Sidney Crosby (21:57) and Alex Ovechkin (21:47). In fact, out of the top-10 leading scorers in the NHL, only Chicago's Patrick Kane had a less ice-time on average (Kane finished the season with 88 points in 82 games).
Henrik is the first player since Peter Forsberg in 2002.03 to capture the Art Ross Trophy despite having fewer than 20-minutes of average ice-time per game. That season, Forsberg finished with an average per-game ice-time of 19:19 - the lowest average ice-time out of the top-13 scorers that season. On an interesting side note, former Canucks' captain Markus Naslund - who finished second to Forsberg in that year's race for the Art Ross Trophy - had an average ice-time of 19:54.
As far as how Henrik measures up in points versus total ice-time over the season compared to Sid and Ovie, Henrik finished the season averaging one point for every 14.414 minutes of ice-time. He finished well-ahead of Crosby in that category (one point for every 16.315 minutes) and was only slightly edged out by Ovechkin (one point for every 14.398 minutes of ice-time)
ON A HIGH NOTE
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2010/04/apr1010_puckup_t.jpg class="imageFloatLeftFramed">For just the third time in team history, the Canucks ended their regular season tallying seven-plus goals in their final contest.
Vancouver's 7-3 win over the Flames on Saturday night was the most goals they have scored in a regular season finale since they lit up the Los Angeles Kings for eight goals back on April 15, 1993 - an 8-6 win at The Forum. That season, the Canucks finished in first place in the Smythe Division and knocked off the Winnipeg Jets (4-2) in their first round playoff series before falling in their second round series to those same Kings (2-4).
The first and only other time the Canucks tallied seven-or-more goals in their regular finale was back on April 4, 1982 which also came against the Kings - a 7-4 at the Pacific Coliseum.
That 1982 Canucks team, which finished second place in the Smythe Division, went on to become the first Canucks team to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals knocking off the Flames (3-0), Kings (4-1) and Blackhawks (4-1) before eventually falling to the New York Islanders (0-4).
NUMBER CRUNCHING SUPER STATS PACK
Number Crunching took the liberty of compiling some interesting statistics throughout the 2009.10 season. Here's a look at some of the best numbers from the regular season:
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2010/04/apr0810_sharks04_t.jpg class="imageFloatLeftFramed">The Canucks' record when...
A defenceman scores: 24-5-2
Daniel Sedin scores: 17-3-3
Henrik Sedin scores: 19-4-1
Mikael Samuelsson scores: 18-5-3
Alex Burrows scores: 22-7-0
Ryan Kesler scores: 18-6-0
Mason Raymond scores: 14-5-1
Jannik Hansen scores: 7-2-0
Kyle Wellwood scores: 7-4-2
Sami Salo scores: 9-0-0
Alex Edler scores: 5-0-0
Sami Salo is not in the lineup: 9-4-1
Kevin Bieksa is not in the lineup: 18-7-2
Willie Mitchell is not in the lineup: 21-9-2
Mikael Samuelsson is not in the lineup: 4-3-1
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2010/04/apr0610_grabs_t.jpg class="imageFloatRightFramed">They score two-or-more power play goals: 13-4-0
They surrender two-or-more power play goals: 4-9-0
They don't allow a 1st period goal: 22-4-2
They don't allow a 3rd period goal: 32-5-4
Score a short-handed goal: 9-0-0
Surrender a short-handed goal: 1-4-1
Don't allow a power play goal: 30-5-4
When getting more power play chances than opponent: 27-12-1
When getting fewer power play chances than opponent: 19-13-1
When getting equal power play chances as opponent: 3-3-3
They play on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada: 11-2-2
They play on Rogers Sportsnet: 22-21-1
They play on TSN: 8-1-1
They play on Canucks TV Pay-Per-View: 8-3-1
Highs and Lows...
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2010/04/apr0410_happy_t.jpg class="imageFloatLeftFramed">Canucks Most - One Period
Goals: 5 (NOV.28.09 vs Edmonton, first period)
Goals Allowed: 5 (MAR.05.10 at Chicago, first period)
Shots: 22 (OCT.30.09 at Anaheim, third period)
Shots allowed: 22 (NOV.06.09 at Dallas, first period)
Canucks Fewest - One Period
Shots: 0 (MAR.14.10 vs Calgary, third period)
Shots Allowed: 2 (MAR.13.10 vs Ottawa, first period)
Canucks Most - One Game
Goals: 8 (NOV.14.09 at Colorado)
Goals Allowed: 8 (APR.01.10 at Los Angeles)
Shots: 47 (FEB.02.10 at Montreal)
Shots Allowed: 54 (MAR.20.10 vs Detroit)
Penalty Minutes: 68 (NOV.10.09 at St. Louis)
Penalty Minutes Opposition: 58 (APR.08.10 at San Jose)
Canucks Fewest - One Game
Goals: 0 (twice - most recent NOV.22.09 vs Chicago)
Goals Allowed: 0 (five times - most recent FEB.11.10 at Florida)
Shots: 15 (OCT.29.09 at Los Angeles)
Shots Allowed: 14 (MAR.13.10 vs Ottawa)
Penalty Minutes: 2 (JAN.25.10 vs Buffalo)
Penalty Minutes Opposition: 4 (three times - most recent MAR.20.10 vs Detroit)
Canucks Largest - One Game
Margin of victory: 6 (twice - most recent NOV.14.09 at Colorado, 8-2)
Margin of defeat: 5 (three times - most recent APR.01.10 at Los Angeles, 3-8)
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2010/04/apr0410_spray_t.jpg class="imageFloatRightFramed">Individual Most - One Game
Goals: 3 (eight times - Daniel Sedin x2, Alex Burrows x2, Henrik Sedin, Mason Raymond, Mikael Samuelsson, Michael Grabner)
Goals Allowed: 3 (four times - David Perron, Erik Cole, Martin Erat, Dustin Brown)
Assists: 4 (Henrik Sedin - APR.10.10 vs Calgary)
Assists Allowed: 3 (six times - Rick Nash, James Wisniewski, Brad Boyes, Daniel Alfredsson, John Tavares, Patrick Marleau)
Points: 4 (five times - Henrik Sedin x2, Alex Burrows, Mikael Samuelsson, Daniel Sedin)
Points Allowed: 5 (John Tavares - MAR.16.10 vs New York Islanders)
Saves: 50 (Roberto Luongo - MAR.20.10 vs Detroit)
Saves, Opponent: 45 (Jaroslav Halak - FEB.02.10 at Montreal)