Thrashers vs. Jets by the Numbers

WINNIPEG, CANADA - OCTOBER 9: Winnipeg Jets fans celebrate as they are the first to go through the doors into the MTS Centre before the Winnipeg Jets game against the Montreal Canadiens before NHL action at the MTS Centre on October 9, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The game is Winnipeg's first NHL regular season game in 15 years. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Here's a side by side comparison of the Jets and last year's Thrashers team for pretty much any stat you can think of.

Thrashers Jets
Overall
Points 80(25) 84(22)
Wins 34(25) 37(22)
GF 223(20) 225(12)
GA 269 (29) 246 (26)
diff -46(27) -21(16)
Fenwick tied 49.1(21) 51.1(11)
Even Strength
SF/60 30.4(11) 30.1 (11)
GF/60 2.2(24) 2.4 (14)
Sh% 926(26) 919 (20)
SA/60 31.4(24) 29.1(11)
GA/60 2.8(26) 2.6(26)
SV% 911(22) 912(24)
PowerPlay
SF/60 49.4(15) 48.5(21)
GF/60 6.1(11) 6.2(10)
Sh% 876(11) 864(5)
PenaltyKill
SF/60 52.5(21) 51.4(20)
GF/60 7.9(27) 6.9(24)
Sh% 849(27) 865(22)
Penalties
PP time 459(18) 414(25)
PK time 436(5) 468(20)
Misc
hits 785(26) 928(11)
Blocked shots 674(3) 632(8)
Missed shots 513(4) 512(4)
giveaways 285(10) 212(30)
takeaways 225(28) 255(8)
FO% 48.7%(23) 49.0%(21)
Fights 33(19) 35(17)

The number in bracket indicates league rank. For most of the misc stats I've only included the road numbers because of concern for scorers bias.

Some of my observations:

  • Although we were only 4 points better than last year there's a few underlying numbers that suggest the team improved a lot more. There is a big improvement in goal differential and Fenwick tied.
  • Not a whole lot of change in goaltending performance which was below average for both teams.
  • Special team results were also pretty similar. This years team got was not able to generate as many shots on the powerplay although they had a much higher shooting % which kept the overall results similar.
  • One area for concern are the penalties taken and drawn. Both show noticeable dropoffs.
  • A lot more hits from the Jets
  • Missed shots were high for both teams.
  • The takeaway and giveaway numbers have both improved
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