NHL Quarter Mark Analysis for 2020-21 Season

February 16, 2021

Divisional Trends

* The Scotia North Division is averaging 6.4 goals-per-game, with players age 23 or younger accounting for nearly a quarter of those goals (22.4%, 81 of 362) โ€“ both figures are tops in the NHL this season. Seven of the Leagueโ€™s top eight point-producers reside in the all-Canadian division, with each of them age 27 or younger.

* Competitive balance has been on full display in the MassMutual East Division. Games there have been tied or within one goal for 80.1% of playing time, leading to more than one-third of contests requiring overtime (36.0%, 18 of 50 GP) โ€“ both tops in the NHL this season.

* The Discover Central Division boasts three of the NHLโ€™s top six teams by points percentage โ€“ Carolina (t-3rd, .769), Florida (t-3rd, .769) and Tampa Bay (t-5th, .750) โ€“ and is the only group with three teams above .700.

* The Honda West Division, which features the Leagueโ€™s top team by points percentage (Vegas, .808 P%), has had 30 games decided by a one-goal margin (of 55 GP), tied for the most in the NHL (Central: 30). Only one of eight West teams has lost more than three consecutive games โ€“ the only division that can make that claim.

By the Numbers

72.4 โ€“ Percentage of games decided by one goal or two with an ENG (160 of 221 GP), including more than three-quarters of games in the Honda West (76.4%), Discover Central (76.3%) and MassMutual East Division (76.0%).

32 โ€“ Age of Chicagoโ€™s Patrick Kane (Discover Central Division), the only player among the top eight in NHL scoring who is over the age of 27 He also is the only player on a U.S.-based team among the top eight in points.

28 โ€“ Number of comeback-wins in the Discover Central Division (47.5 % of 59 GP), the most in the NHL. Only the MassMutual East Division (48.0%, 24 of 50 GP) has a higher percentage of games won by teams that trailed.

15 โ€“ Numbers of matchups that have yet to take place in 2020-21, with the Coyotes (vs. COL, LAK, MIN) and Wild (vs. ARI, STL, VGK) awaiting their first games against three different opponents.

11 โ€“ Points by Montrealโ€™s Tyler Toffoli against Vancouver (8-3โ€”11 in 5 GP), the most points by one player against a single opponent so far this season (ahead of Mark Scheifele: 3-7โ€”10 in 5 GP w/ WPG vs. OTT).

10 โ€“ Points by Chicago forward Pius Suter, who leads all rookies in both points and goals (6).

9.3 โ€“ Goals-per-game in Oilers-Jets contests, one of six matchups with a G/GP of 8.0 or higher through at least three games (also MTL vs. VAN: 8.8; CAR vs. CBJ: 8.7; PIT vs. WSH: 8.3; FLA vs. TBL: 8.0; OTT vs. TOR: 8.0).

โ€“ Wins by Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Lightning and Frederik Andersen of the Maple Leafs โ€“ division rivals for four consecutive campaigns before this season โ€“ who share the League lead in that category thus far.

Viewership up in U.S. and Canada

* NHL fans are tuning into games in record numbers. In the U.S., NBC is averaging 1.322 million viewers per game, an increase of 13% year-over-year (YOY). North of the 49th parallel, 17 million Canadians have watched NHL on Sportsnet across Sportsnet, CBC, Citytv, OMNI & TVA Sports one month into the season.

* In the U.S., the Opening Night tripleheader was NBCSNโ€™s most-watched multi-game Opening Night on record, and featured NBCSNโ€™s most-watched regular season on record (Penguins-Flyers). Season-to-date, viewership is up 8% across NBC and NBCSN. NBC is up 13% YOY (1.322 million average audience), NBCSN is up 6% YOY (352,000 average audience) and Wednesday Night Hockey is up 26% YOY. Twenty of the 24 U.S. clubs RSNs are up YOY, with all 20 teams up at least 16%.

* In Canada, Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey is up 47% YOY, attracting an average audience of 1.1 million viewers. Hockey Night in Canadaโ€™s early games (7 p.m. ET) are delivering an average audience of 2 million viewers, an increase of 4% YOY, while late games (10 p.m. ET) are attracting an average audience of 1 million, up 19% YOY. Saturday night games with Montreal on TVA Sports are averaging 780,000 viewers up 15% YOY.

28% of Canadians โ€“ more than 1 in 4 Canadians โ€“ watched Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada across Sportsnet, CBC, Citytv, OMNI and TVA Sports.

(courtesy NHL PR)

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