Inside the Numbers, 2017-18 Mid-Season
While players have gone back to their respective families, we take this opportunity to look into some of the mid-season results. This year, you’ll see that there is a lot of parity in the league as we have to back 10 years in the archives to find a season in which teams were so tight in the general standings at this point.
MOST IMPROVED TEAMS
- Rimouski and Halifax – When comparing the point totals in the same amount of games from last year, both the Océanic and Mooseheads are the teams who have had the biggest increase in points.
|Rimouski, Océanic||34||48||34||+ 14|
|Halifax, Mooseheads||35||47||33||+ 14|
|Gatineau, Olympiques||34||44||31||+ 13|
|Drummondville, Voltigeurs||35||46||35||+ 11|
|Acadie-Bathurst, Titan||35||45||37||+ 8|
VERY TIGHT STANDINGS
- Blainville-Boisbriand – Even though the Armada has only played in 32 games this season, it still occupies the top spot in the league standings, tied with Rimouski, albeit having two games in hand.
- 6-point difference – That is the slim margin that separates the 1st place team from the 9th place one.
- 2007-08 – When comparing the mid-season standings (after 34 games) dating back to when the QMJHL began having 18 franchises (2005-06 season), you notice that the 2007-08 season resembles the current season the most. Ten years ago, a nine-point gap was between the top team and the 9th, while only a single point separated the 1st and 4th place squads!
|2017-18 | S. rég. / Reg. Season|
|13||Cape Breton, Screaming Eagles||34||15||16||2||1||33|
|17||Saint John, Sea Dogs||34||9||19||4||2||24|
NOTE: For historical comparisons, we only accounted for each team’s first 34 games to complete the above standings. Here are the current official QMJHL standings.
|2007-08 | S. rég. / Reg. Season|
|2||Saint John, Sea Dogs||34||22||9||1||2||47|
|5||Cape Breton, Screaming Eagles||34||20||10||2||2||44|
|14||St. John’s, Fog Devils||34||14||16||1||3||32|
- Blainville-Boisbriand – The Armada is the only team to have maintained a goal per game average superior to 4, more specifically with a 4.09 average.
- On the power play – It’s once again the Armada squad that finds itself in the top spot with an outstanding 30% efficiency percentage. Cape-Breton is the runner-up, with a 25,5% percentage.
- Charlottetown – With a .938 point ratio and 14 wins in 16 games, the Charlottetown Islanders are nearly unbeatable when they score the game’s first goal. However, it is the Rimouski Océanic who has won the most games after scoring first, with 18 wins in 22 games where it happened.
- Rimouski – The Océanic allows the least goals against in the league with a 2.32 per game average.
- On the penalty kill – The Océanic also tops this category, having shut down opposing power plays on 88.4% of its chances. Ironically, Rimouski is also the most penalized team in the Q with an average of 16 penalty minutes per game. The Mooseheads and their penalty kill are at a distant second with their 83.7% success rate while shorthanded.
TO WATCH, AFTER THE BREAK
- Val-d’Or – Mario Durocher is only a single victory away from earning his 500th career win in the QMJHL. Only Richard Martel, Guy Chouinard and Réal Paiement have reached that milestone ahead of him. When he will reach this landmark, Durocher will also become the first Foreurs head coach to earn a 200th win behind the franchise’s bench.
- Chicoutimi – Yanick Jean is also approaching an important milestone as he is now only two wins shy of earning his 400th victory in the QMJHL!
- Alex-Barré-Boulet (Armada | Blainville-Boisbriand) – He will be looking for a 25th consecutive game with at least one point. During this sequence, he has amassed 55 points, giving him an impressive 2.3 point per game average. The current record for most consecutive games with a point belongs to Mario Lemieux (61 games). Considering there are only 36 games left on the season’s calendar, Barré-Boulet could stretch his current streak to a maximum of… 60 games!
- Gatineau – The Olympiques have picked up a point in their last 12 games (10-0-1-1). At 13 games, that would place them as 2nd all-time in the history of the Hull/Gatineau franchise. Éric Landry’s squad is currently at the half-way point of the 24 consecutive games with a point record established by the 1995-96 team!