This season wasn’t one to remember for the Carolina Hurricanes. They finished 26th in the league with 71 points and missed the playoffs for the sixth straight year. The Hurricanes were 27th in the league in goals for and 20th in goals against. Between injuries and deadline deals, the Hurricanes weren’t able to dress a full NHL lineup for most of the season.
Marty St. Louis just turned 40 last week and has had an impressive career. A handful of his many accomplishments include being a Stanley Cup Champion, an Olympic Gold Medalist, a three-time Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner, a two-time Art Ross Trophy winner (including being the oldest player to lead the league in scoring), a Hart Memorial Trophy winner, playing over 1000 NHL games, and scoring over 1000 career points in the NHL. He has the resume of a Hall of Famer, especially after going undrafted and having to fight for a roster spot early in his career.
But, with rumors that the New York Rangers aren’t going to resign him, what’s next for St. Louis? Though production significantly decreases for forwards in their late 30’s and early 40’s, St. Louis has been known for his work ethic and dedication to staying in great shape. Statistically he had a down year this past season, only scoring 52 points in 74 regular season games, his lowest point total since 2002. The playoffs were one to forget for St. Louis where he registered only seven points in 19 games and was constantly being juggled between the top and third lines. The chances were there for St. Louis but he couldn’t finish. Because of this, he was benched late in the Eastern Conference Finals playing against his former team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
This is the first part of a much larger project that I’m not going to get into discussing yet, but I thought I’d share my data collection of advanced statistics of line combinations during the 2014-2015 NHL season. This is pretty basic but includes useful statistics in a single, sortable database and would save someone numerous hours of SuperWOWY’ing these line combinations themselves.
View/Download 2014-2015 NHL Line Combination Data
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All data from Puckalytics and LeftWingLock.