Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Black Aces Factsheet

The Phoenix Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise has never finished first in its division. In 27 seasons, the franchise has finished 2nd only four times.

In his 15 years in the NHL, Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has played less than 80 games only three times, including the lockout shortened season of 94-95.

Eric Lindros played 80 or more games only once in a 14 year career.

If the Los Angeles Kings miss the playoffs this year, it will be the first time the franchise has missed the post-season five consecutive seasons. Twice the Kings missed four seasons in a row (69-70 to 72-73 and 93-94 to96-97) only to qualify the next season.

The San Jose Sharks could have picked Scott Niedermayer 2nd overall at their first draft in 1991. Instead they chose Pat Falloon. New Jersey grabbed Niedermayer with the 3rd pick. In the same draft, the New York Islanders and the Winnipeg Jets passed up Peter Forsberg for Scott Lachance and Aaron Ward respectively.

No one has scored 5 goals in a game since Sergei Fedorov did it for Detroit against Washington back in December 1996. Jim Carey was in nets and won the Vezina trophy for best goalie that same season.

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