We’ve updated our analysis of man games lost for the NHL teams for the season to date. The stats below cover up until the end of the games played on Saturday, April 20th. Our analysis is different from the ones directly reported by the teams themselves (also included in the data table below) when they’re reporting on man games lost to injury. In our analysis the numbers aren’t as important as the ranking of the team with relation to the numbers. San Jose is still the only team not reporting and they have a ’0′ in the table for now.
We’re reporting on actual man games lost to anything, including players who are on the roster and are a healthy scratch, injured or ill players, suspended players, through to the backup goalie who sits on the end of the bench. Also including players on injured reserve, if the player is on the roster and doesn’t play in a game, we count that as one man game lost for the team. In the end, all teams sit one backup goalie per game, or have 2-3 healthy scratches when they carry 21 skaters on their roster and can only dress 18 in a game. The impact on including those stats in our calculations is somewhat negligible.
The table below gives a side-by-side view of the differences when comparing MGL stats in this way. Definitions of the table headings and data can be found just below the table.
Team Report MGL
TEAM REPORT MGL = Number of Man Games Lost as reported by the individual teams in their official game day Game Notes to the media on game days.
SKTR MGL = Number of Man Games Lost for all forwards on a team roster, and including injured players (injured reserve or otherwise) and healthy scratches
GOAL MGL = Number of Man Games Lost for all goalies on a team roster, and including injured players (injured reserve or otherwise)
TEAM MGL = Total team Man Games Lost as a sum of skaters and goalies MGL
ROST MGL = Total Man Games Lost for all skaters and goalies who are currently on the team’s active roster.
NON-ROST MGL = Total Man Games Lost for all skaters and goalies who are currently not on the team’s active roster