By the Numbers: The first quarter of the 2022-23 regular season, with comparative stats through 317 games. The 2022-23 regular season will reach the quarter mark with the 11th of 14 games scheduled for Friday, Nov. 25 (328 of 1,312 games).
Offense, Competitiveness and Back-and-Forth Action Defines First Quarter
6.3 – Goals-per-game rate in 2022-23, the highest rate at this stage of a season (317 GP) in the past 28 campaigns (tied w/ 2005-06 and 1995-96).
22 – Number of third-period, multi-goal comeback wins this season, the most ever at this stage of a campaign.
32 – Number of teams with at least one comeback win this season, with 25 of those clubs also staging at least one multi-goal comeback victory.
42 – Number of multi-goal comeback wins so far in 2022-23 (13% of games), the third time in five seasons – and fourth time in NHL history – we’ve had as many at this stage of a campaign (also 48 in 2018-19, 45 in 2019-20 and 43 in 1986-87).
46 – Percentage of games that have been comeback wins (146 of 317 GP), the highest at this stage of a season in NHL history (tied w/ 2012-13).The highest end of season total is 44%, seen in 2005-06 (537 of 1,230 GP).
47.6 – Hits per game in 2022-23, the third-highest rate on record at this stage of a season behind 1999-00 (50.3) and 2000-01 (47.7).
73 – Percentage of games decided by a one-goal margin or 2+ goals following an empty-net tally (231 of 317 GP), the highest rate at this stage of a season in NHL history.
31 – Number of players with a double-digit goal count so far, including Alex Ovechkin (10 G in 21 GP) who now sits 10 goals away from 800 in his career and from his 18th consecutive 20-goal season.
54 – Number of players averaging at least 1.00 points-per-game in 2022-23 (min. 10 GP), the most at this stage of a season since 1993-94 when there were 58 skaters with at least a point-per-game through 317 contests.
Notable Streaks from the First Quarter
6 – Length of the longest winning streak by a goaltender so far this season, with Jordan Binnington, Linus Ullmark, Logan Thompson and Vitek Vanecek all achieving the feat. Binnington’s victories helped St. Louis become the first team in NHL history to post a winning streak of 7+ games immediately on the heels of a winless streak of 8+ games.
8 – Length of New Jersey’s active road winning streak, the longest in the NHL this season. Their 13-game overall winning streak, which ended Nov. 23, tied a franchise record and was the second longest in NHL history by a team that missed the playoffs the prior season (behind a 16-0-0 run by Columbus in 2016-17).
11 – Length of Boston’s active home winning streak, tied for the longest home winning streak from the start of a season in NHL history. They can set a new record Friday when the Hurricanes travel to TD Garden.
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