The Blues’ season by the numbers; gold, follow the bouncing Joshua | St. Louis Blues

The most relevant number of the Blues’ season, when you get down to it, is four. That’s the number of losses they had in their second-round playoff series with Colorado. Everything else pales in comparison. Hold that number to three and the Blues might well still be playing. Once it hit four, that was that.

For all the numbers available in hockey (and there have never been more) — counting stats, regular stats, fancy stats — few tell the story as succinctly and definitively. Other numbers aren’t so determinant, so black and white. There’s wiggle room in everything else.

The Blues gave up 43 shots on goal in two games that they won this season. They gave up only 20 shots on goal to the Islanders on March 5 and lost. Defenseman Calle Rosen had two goals against Nashville on April 17 and was a healthy scratch the next game.

So here’s a look at some of those other numbers, some that shed light on the situation, others that don’t. Some are celebrations of small sample sizes. Logan Brown had a 100% success rate in penalty shootouts, one of only 14 players who could say that, making his only try. Vladimir Tarasenko had a 0% success rate, missing all four of his tries. In the regular season and playoffs combined, Tarasenko had 40 goals; Brown had four.

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They’re all part of a complex season that looks only better and better each time Colorado wins.

9: Blues’ players to score 20 or more goals, second only to the 1980-81 team that had 10.

4: Number of those 20-goal scorers to establish career highs for goals: Robert Thomas, Pavel Buchnevich, Jordan Kyrou and Ivan Barbashev. (Six other non-rookies also had career highs, headed by Nathan Walker with eight goals.)

57: Points by David Perron. Also his uniform number.

4: Blues who averaged more than a point per game played: Tarasenko, Thomas, Buchnevich and Kyrou.

5:Craig Berube’s rank among NHL coaches in length of service with his current team.

3½: Number of years Berube has been coach of the Blues, starting on Nov. 19, 2018.

29:09: Ice time for Colton Parayko on Nov. 9, at Winnipeg, the most ice time for a Blue in the regular season.

18: Spots you have to go down before you find someone other than Parayko and Justin Faulk on the list of single-game highs in ice time. (Marco Scandella played 26:12 against Colorado on Oct. 16.)

2: Games in which defenseman Jake Walman played forward.

9: Number of times Dakota Joshua was assigned to Springfield.

23: Healthy scratches for Niko Mikkola, the team high.

21: Number of Blues who missed games because of entering COVID protocol.

1/14/22: Date Buchnevich went into COVID protocol, the last Blue to do so before the NHL changed its policies.

3: Penalty shots for the Blues, matching the number they had in the previous seven seasons combined.

11%: Amount of Russian players in the NHL who played for the Blues, the largest of any team in the league.

3: Fights for Brayden Schenn, the most on the Blues.

7-0-2: Blues’ record when they scored a shorthanded goal.

1.585: Ryan O’Reilly’s faceoffs taken this season, fourth-most in the league.

900 – O’Reilly’s faceoffs won (he lost 685), behind only Patrice Bergeron of Boston with 991.

3: Number of Blues who won more than half of their faceoffs: Kyle Clifford (1-0), O’Reilly and Joshua (40-35).

169: Blocked shots by Parayko, tying him for fifth in the league.

7: Number of times Buchnevich scored the first goal of the game for the Blues.

4: Empty-net goals by Barbashev.

6: Empty-net assists by Thomas, tied for third most in the NHL.

8: Shots by Tarasenko that hit the frame.

55: Team-high penalty minutes by Mikkola, the fewest to lead the team in an 82-game season.

611: Penalty minutes for the Blues, third least in the league and the fewest for the team in an 82-game season.

11: Major penalties for the Blues, the fourth fewest in the NHL.

1: Successful penalty shots in the NHL by a defenseman, done by Parayko.

63.8: Team-high Corsi percentage, by Clifford, who played in two games

51.7: Team-high Corsi percentage, by Buchnevich, of any Blue who played in more than 40 games.

4: Number of Blues players to make their NHL debuts: Joel Hofer, Jake Neighbors, Alexei Toropchenko and Scott Perunovich. A fifth, emergency goalie Kyle Konin, suited up for the Blues in Tampa Bay but did not get in the game.

81.7: Percentage of offensive-zone starts for Perunovich, highest percentage in the NHL of anyone who played more than one game.

23.: Shooting percentage for Barbashev, ranking third in the league.

6: Goals tipped in by Barbashev, tied for the seventh most.

12: Seconds of shorthanded time played by Perron.

60.4: The expected goals percentage for the line of Walker, Brown and Toropchenko, the highest number for a line that played more than 50 minutes together, per

32.3: The expected goals percentage for the line of Brandon Saad, Oskar Sundqvist and Barbashev, the lowest for a line that played more than 50 minutes together, per

64: The expected goals percentage for the defensive pairing of Rosen and Faulk, the best of any Blues pairing that played more than 50 minutes together, per

39.9: The expected goals percentage for the defensive pairing of Scandella and Robert Bortuzzo, the worst of any pairing that played more than 50 minutes together, per

1.1: Goals saved above expected goals per 60 minutes by Charlie Lindgren, the best of any of the five goalies that played for the Blues this season, per

5: Goals allowed by Lindgren with the Blues; also, the number of games Lindgren appeared in with the Blues.

47.1: Blues’ Corsi percentage as a team, 24th overall in the NHL and second lowest of any team to make the playoffs. (The Rangers were at 47 percent.)

5.98: Blues’ shooting percentage, the highest in the league.

Sports columnist Jeff Gordon grades every Blues player, plus the coaches and general manager, in his year-end report cards.


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