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Pens Recap: 2021-22 Season Stat Results

Reviewing The Final Statistics From The Pens 2021-22 Regular Season

With the Pens' regular season in the past tense, we're taking a look at their statistical achievements for the year to wrap up before the playoffs. Although the Penguins ended on a spotty streak wins and losses wise this season was a banner year in many ways.

Numerous players hit their high water marks and the team overall made some history, primarily focused around the "Big Three" as Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, and Evgeni Malkin played their NHL record-breaking 16th season together. Making them the longest trio of teammates playing together in NHL history.

Career-high seasons were had by one of those key "Big Three" players in Kris Letang, as well as Bryan Rust, Jake Guentzel, Teddy Blueger, Tristan Jarry, and Chad Ruhwedel.

To start this review here are the team stats leaders. The Penguins who lead the final individual statistical categories for 2021-22:

(These leader stats include only current Pens playing at least 40 games. Sorry Zach Aston-Reese, that most hits honor evaporated with the Anaheim sun.)


Key Production Categories-

Goals: Jake Guentzel, 40.

Assists: Kris Letang, 58.

Points: Sidney Crosby & Jake Guentzel, 84.

Shots: Jake Guentzel, 264.

Shooting Percentage: Evgeni Malkin, 15.5%.

Plus/Minus: Brian Dumoulin, +24.

Hits: Kris Letang, 171.

Blocks: Brian Dumoulin, 135.

Takeaways: Kris Letang, 59.

Player Usage-

Time On Ice Total: Kris Letang, 2010:38.

Time On Ice Per Game: Kris Letang, 25:47.

Games Played: Evan Rodrigues, 82.

Faceoff Leaders-

Faceoff Wins: Sidney Crosby, 760.

Faceoff Win Percentage: Jeff Carter, 57%.

Special Teams Scoring-

Powerplay Goals: Evgeni Malkin & Bryan Rust, 9.

Powerplay Points: Sidney Crosby, 30.

Short-Handed Goals: Jeff Carter, Brian Boyle & Teddy Blueger, 1.

Short-Handed Points: Teddy Blueger & John Marino, 2.

Clutch Performers-

Overtime Goals: Kris Letang, 2.

Shootout Goals: Bryan Rust, 3.

Game-Winning Goals: Sidney Crosby, 9.

Next up there's the overall team performance vs. the rest of the NHL. The Penguins were remarkably consistent this year coming in at around the 11th-12th place in several team stat categories.

The one major notable that distinguishes them from the rest of the mid-pack top 1/3 of the league is their ability to hammer the gas. When they turn it on they really turn it on. This is evident by their league-leading 10-game win streak over the entire month of December 2021 and into January 2022.


(League position in parenthesis)

Records & Wins-

Record: 46-25-12 .

Points: 103 (12th).

Wins: 46 (12th).

Regulation Wins: 37 (11th).

Final Standings:

-Metropolitan Division: 3rd.

-Eastern Conference: 7th.

-League: 12th.

Division Record: 14-9-3

Conference Record: 28-16-6

Home Record: 23-13-5

Road Record: 23-12-6

Longest Win Streak: 10 games, December 4, 2021-January 6, 2022.

Multi-Game Win Streaks: 8.

Month With The Best Record: 7-1-0, December 2021.

Month With The Most Wins: 10-3-2, January 2022.

Team Key Production-

Goals For: 269 (11th).

Goals Against: 222 (28th/5th fewest).

Shots: 2,849 (6th).

Shots On Goal/Game: 34.7 (6th).

Shots Against/Game: 31.4 (19th/14th fewest).

Faceoff Wins: 2,362 (11th).

Faceoff Win Percentage: 51.1% (11th).

Hits: 2,010 (10th).

Blocks: 1,094 (16th).

Takeaways: 674 (6th).

Special Teams & Situations Performances-

Powerplay Percentage: 20.2% (19th).

Powerplay Goals: 50 (15th).

Penalty Kill Percentage: 84.4% (3rd).

Short-Handed Goals: 3 (28th).

Empty Net Goals: 22 (1st).

Penalties In Minutes: 566 (31st/2nd fewest).

Penalties Taken: 253 (31st/2nd fewest).

Penalties Drawn: 300 (16th).

Win & Loss Scenarios-

Shootout Wins: 3 (14th).

Overtime Wins: 6 (8th).

Wins When Scoring First: 35 (6th).

Losses When Scoring First: 28 (28th/5th fewest).

Wins When Trailing First: 11 (22nd).

Losses When Trailing First: 20 (18th).

Closing out the review of statistical leaders for the year are individual Pens player performances against the rest of the league, specifically looking at who made the Top 50 skaters in important metrics. The goalies are also compared to the Top 20 netminders in the league. Overall the Penguins still have a decent stock of prime talents. Tristan Jarry has the distinction of being the best-performing Pen vs. the rest of the NHL this season. That's firm confirmation that he's completely moved into #1 goalie talent territory with no questioning needed anymore. The man is a star NHL starting goalie. Period.


(Pens in the Top 50 final league stats)

Top 50 In Skater Stats-


-16th- Jake Guentzel, 40.

-40th- Sidney Crosby, 31.


-16th- Kris Letang, 58.

-28th- Sidney Crosby, 53.


-24th- Sidney Crosby, 84.

-26th- Jake Guentzel, 84.


-46th- Brian Dumoulin, +24.

Points Per Game:

-18th- Sidney Crosby, 1.22.

-29th- Jake Guentzel, 1.11.

-41st- Evgeni Malkin, 1.02.

Total Shots:

-15th- Jake Guentzel, 264.

-29th- Evan Rodrigues, 243.

Faceoff Wins:

-10th- Sidney Crosby, 760.

-26th- Jeff Carter, 648.

Faceoff Win Percentage:

-25th- Jeff Carter, 57%.

Time On Ice Total:

-5th- Kris Letang, 2010:38.


-49th- Kris Letang, 171.


-24th- Brian Dumoulin, 139.

-49th- Kris Letang, 122.


-22nd- Kris Letang, 59.

Scoring By Type-

Even Strength Goals:

-6th- Jake Guentzel, 33.

-36th- Sidney Crosby, 23.

Even Strength Points:

-11th- Jake Guentzel, 62.

-35th- Sidney Crosby, 54.

Powerplay Goals:

-36th- Evgeni Malkin, 9.

-41st- Bryan Rust, 9.

Powerplay Points:

-18th- Sidney Crosby, 30.

Overtime Goals:

-11th- Kris Letang, 2.

-40th- Jeff Carter, 1.

-42nd- Evgeni Malkin, 1.

-43rd- Sidney Crosby, 1.

Game-Winning Goals:

-6th- Sidney Crosby, 9.

-20th- Jake Guentzel, 7.

-50th- Evgeni Malkin, 5.

Empty Net Goals:

-5th- Jake Guentzel, 6.

-10th- Sidney Crosby, 4.

-13th- Bryan Rust, 4.

Top 20 In Goalie Stats-

Goalie Wins: 8th- Tristan Jarry, 34.

Goalie Saves: 11th- Tristan Jarry, 1,573.

Goals Against Average: 6th- Tristan Jarry, 2.42*.

Saves Percentage: 6th- Tristan Jarry, .919%*.


-10th- Tristan Jarry, 4.

-18th- Casey DeSmith, 3.

Games Played: 8th- Tristan Jarry, 58.

(*Only includes goalies with at least 30 games played)

As their performances show the Pens currently have players in "elite" categories who are listed again and again: Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, Tristan Jarry, Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin, and Bryan Rust. The last three of those are unsigned for next season. That's something to keep an eye on over the summer.

For now, this was just a quick breakdown of the final stats for the year immediately post-season to give you a better idea of who's going to lead the charge in the playoffs and how the team might perform.

And hopefully, we won't wrap up that portion of the season until sometime in mid-June in the Finals!

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