BY THE NUMBERS: 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW
A total of 7,307 goals were scored across 1,273 regular-season NHL games during the 2017 calendar year (including 97 shootout-deciding goals). A look at various statistics leaders from the past 12 months:
Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (52-54—106 in 81 GP) led the League in both goals and points in 2017, edging Oilers captain Connor McDavid (30-72—102 in 83 GP) – the only other player to reach the 100-point plateau. McDavid’s 72 assists were the most by any player in the calendar year. Kucherov (1.31) and McDavid (1.23) were among 11 different players who averaged at least one point per game in 2017. Two others collected at least 1.20 P/GP: Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (1.29; 17-32—49 in 38 GP) and Bruins forward Brad Marchand (1.23; 44-42—86 in 70 GP).
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (13-55—68 in 79 GP) was one of four defensemen with at least 60 points in 2017, leading all blueliners in assists and points. San Jose’s Brent Burns (20-46—66 in 81 GP), the reigning Norris Trophy winner, paced all defensemen in goals.
Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (49) led the League in wins, 11 more than the next-closest netminders. Sergei Bobrovsky of the Blue Jackets had an NHL-best eight shutouts, while John Gibson (.930 SV%) of the Ducks and Jonathan Quick (2.26 GAA) of the Kings paced all goaltenders in save percentage and goals-against average, respectively (min. 30 GP).
The 2017 calendar year began with the Blue Jackets in the midst of a win streak that extended to 16 games – one shy of the NHL record – and ended with the expansion Golden Knights extending their win and point streaks to seven and 12 games (11-0-1), respectively – the longest such runs by an NHL team in its inaugural season. The two-time reigning Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals ended the Blue Jackets’ win streak last January and went on to lead the League in wins (58), points (122) and goals for (289) in regular-season games in 2017.
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* Information provided via NHL Press Release