Third Quarter Comparison

With the 8-2 win over the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night, the Portland Winterhawks have reached the 54 games played mark, hitting the third quarter mark in the season and as they say…they are making the final turn and racing down the homestretch in what should be an interesting race.

The Hawks find themselves still atop the U.S. Division and Western Conference – five points ahead of Spokane (having played two more games) and six points ahead of Tri-City (having played four more games) and winning nine of their last ten games has helped put a little bit more distance between their two closest challengers.

The playoffs are pretty much a given at this point with the Hawks magic number to clinch a playoff spot down to 8 points or 4 regulation games.  This means that any combination of eight points gained by Portland or lost by Seattle will clinch a playoff spot for Portland.  That could happen by the end of this weekend if everything works out right for Portland.

So far, the Hawks have withstood the injury losses of Brett Ponich and Oliver Gabriel with other players stepping up to fill their absences.   That will have to continue for the Hawks to win the Division/Conference and to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Here are the statistical comparisons after 54 games between the 2009-10 and the 2010-11 seasons:

Record:

2009-10 — 33-20-1-1, 68 points

2010-11 — 36-15-0-3, 75 points

Goals For:

2009-10 — 204/3.77 per game

2010-11 — 216/4.00 per game

Goals Against:

2009-10 — 185/3.43 per game

2010-11 — 167/3.09 per game

Shots For:

2009-10 — 1892/35.04 per game

2010-11 — 2017/37.35 per game

Shots Against:

2009-10 — 1827/33.83 per game

2010-11 — 1927/35.69 per game

Shot Percentage:

2009-10 — 204 goals on 1892 shots = 10.78%

2010-11 — 216 goals on 2017 shots = 10.71%

Shot Percentage Against:

2009-10 — 185 goals on 1827 shots = 10.13%

2010-11 — 167 goals on 1927 shots = 8.67%

Power Play:

2009-10 — 49 for 254 – 19.3%

2010-11 — 52 for 248 – 21.0%

Penalty Kill:

2009-10 — 213 of 273 – 78.0%

2010-11 — 257 of 308 – 83.4%

Short Handed Goals:

2009-10 — 8 goals for/5 goals against

2010-11 — 9 goals for/7 goals against

Player Statistics:

2 – Troy Rutkowski

2009-10 — 53 GP, 8-23-31, +9, 62 PIM

2010-11 — 54 GP, 7-25-32, +15, 48 PIM

6 – Brett Ponich

2009-10 — 52 GP, 1-11-12, -2, 71 PIM

2010-11 — 45 GP, 0-12-12, +23, 60 PIM

7 – Joe Morrow

2009-10 — 49 GP, 4-19-23, +15, 35 PIM

2010-11 — 42 GP, 5-26-31, +7, 43 PIM

8 – Ty Rattie

2009-10 — 43 GP, 13-18-31, +10, 16 PIM

2010-11 — 53 GP, 24-43-67, +20, 41 PIM

11 – Oliver Gabriel

2009-10 — 23 GP, 6-8-14, +9, 12 PIM

2010-11 — 41 GP, 11-21-32, +6, 36 PIM

14 – Craig Cunningham

2009-10 — 54 GP, 31-48-79, +6, 40 PIM (w/VAN)

2010-11 — 53 GP, 19-48-67, +10, 44 PIM

17 – Riley Boychuk

2009-10 — 48 GP, 12-12-24, +7, 116 PIM

2010-11 — 48 GP, 13-13-26, +1, 112 PIM

18 – Brad Ross

2009-10 — 53 GP, 23-30-53, +17, 144 PIM

2010-11 — 49 GP, 17-26-43, +14, 124 PIM

19 – Ryan Johansen

2009-10 — 53 GP, 19-35-54, +12, 31 PIM

2010-11 — 45 GP, 26-30-56, +28, 48 PIM

22 – Nino Niederreiter

2009-10 — 47 GP, 27-20-47, +6, 62 PIM

2010-11 — 37 GP, 24-17-41, +15, 51 PIM

23 – Seth Swenson

2009-10 — 31 GP, 1-2-3, -8, 4 PIM

2010-11 — 41 GP, 1-5-6, -1, 32 PIM

25 – Taylor Peters

2009-10 — 15 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 6 PIM

2010-11 — 54 GP, 6-7-13, +9, 47 PIM

26 – Tyler Wotherspoon

2009-10 — 27 GP, 1-1-2, +5, 8 PIM

2010-11 — 46 GP, 2-8-10, -4, 49 PIM

31 – Mac Carruth

2009-10 — 13 GP, 5-7-0-0, 3.83 GAA, .880 save %

2010-11 — 42 GP, 26-12-0-1, 2.97 GAA, .916 save %

37 – Taylor Aronson

2009-10 — 53 GP, 3-18-21, +7, 41 PIM

2010-11 — 53 GP, 4-24-28, +29, 54 PIM

55 – Tayler Jordan

2009-10 — 47 GP, 2-3-5, +1, 125 PIM

2010-11 — 43 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 98 PIM

 

 

 

 

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