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March 2, 2001

March 2, 2001

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HOCKEY’S BEST STATS

NHL GOA LT ENDING STATISTICS

KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS Statistics provided by National Hockey League: Players are listed by uniform number, name, games played (GP). minutes played (Min), goals-against average (GAA). wins (W), losses (L). ties (T). empty-net goals (EN). shutouts (SO), goals against (GA), shots against (SA), save percentage (SP). For goalies’ individual rankings see page 32…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Richter rebounds with solid outings

It took Mike Richter a full calendar year to be back to normal. The New York Rangers’ goalie, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at the 2000 skills competition and had major reconstructive surgery in April, appeared to be back at the top of his game this February Richter not only had two solid outings, he did it on consecutive days, talking coach Ron Low into starting him in back-to-back games Feb. 11-12. Richter tied the New Jersey Devils 1-1 and then faced 40 shots the next night in Columbus, a 4-3 victory. Richter said the most important thing was the fact his knee was responding well enough for him to regularly practise and also the normal post-game, post-practice swelling was being controlled. ANALYSIS It may have been mere…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Niedermayer bounces back quickly from operation to fix damaged knee

Less than one week after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, New Jersey Devils’ defenseman Scott Niedermayer was back on skates contemplating his return. Niedermayer, who underwent the surgery Feb. 9 in which five percent of the cartilage in his knee was removed, thought he might be able to beat the original timetable of 10 days to two weeks. “There is an adjustment,” Niedermayer said. “It’s sore and you favor it a bit, but the knee itself is fine. The cartilage is now clean.” GM Lou Lamoriello said the team would not rush the defenseman back, even though the Devils clearly missed Niedermayer and Brian Rafalski (shoulder injury) while they were sidelined. “It’s amazing. He could have been skating the next day if he felt like it,” Lamoriello said.…

HOCKEY’S BEST STATS

2000-01 NHL STATISTICS

2000-01 STANDINGS NHL Standings through games of Feb. 15 (82-game regular season). GP-games played; W-wins; L-losses; T-ties; OIL-overtime losses; GF-goals for; GA-goals against; Diff-difference between goals for and against; P-points; Pct-percentage of actual points versus possible points. Below is a comparison between games played through Feb. 17/00 versus games played through Feb. 15/01. The top eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs. Division leaders are seeded No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3. Otherwise, seeding is determined by: 1.point total; 2. wins; 3. points obtained in games against tied teams; 4. goal differential. The regular season ends April 8. DIVISIONAL STANDINGS OVERALL RESULTS GOALS-AGAINST AVE. GP-games played; Min.-total minutes; GA-goals against; SO-shutouts; GAA-goals-against average, League average is average GAA of all goalies who have played a minimum of 900 minutes. SAVE PERCENTAGE GP-games played; Min.-total minutes; SA-shots…