Five absurd, unsustainable stats from NHL's opening month – Sportsnet.ca

With the opening month of the 2018-19 campaign in the books, we’ve finally moved past the period of early-season silliness, of all those absurd numbers we just knew would level out eventually.

Or not, apparently.

As the calendar stretches into November, a fair few amount of clubs are still engaging in some statistical tomfoolery. That being the case, let’s take a look at the most wild, unsustainable stats around the league at the moment:

1. Arizona has no time for your defensive-minded penalty kill

The Arizona Coyotes just don’t understand how killing penalties works, I guess. Or, at the very least, they simply don’t appear to be down with the method everyone else is working with.

Forty-five times this season, the Coyotes have found themselves shorthanded. In that span, they’ve managed to become the most stingy penalty-kill club in the league, allowing only four power-play goals-against. They’ve also, somehow, scored double that amount in those situations themselves, putting up eight short-handed goals against the four power-play tallies they’ve allowed.

Michael Grabner and Brad Richardson lead this oddly prolific pack with three shorties each, while Derek Stepan (two) and Lawson Crouse (one) round out the league-leading group.

You have to assume this one normalizes soon (there have been a few gimmes, after all), but either way, the numbers are likely ending up somewhere pretty odd. The Devils led the league last year with 11 shorthanded goals in total (10 at 4-on-5, one at 3-on-5). It’s near impossible to imagine Arizona not making up that three-goal gap over their next 68 tilts — they potted two more last night, alone.

And, because this is just how the Coyotes PK does business, they also limited the opposing Flyers power-play units to a goose egg on four man-advantage chances. Because why not.

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