Inside the Numbers ahead of weekend #9
This week, we look at how both players and teams are performing at home and on the road. Among the 14 teams having amassed a record of at least .500 at home this season, the Moncton Wildcats are leading the pack after the first two months. You will also be seeing the names of Batherson, Fortier, Dobson and Welsh across our leaderboards.
TEAMS IMPRESSING AT HOME
- Moncton – The Wildcats have only lost once in front of their home fans in 2017– They have 10 wins in 11 games at home, largely thanks to a 4.2 goals scored per game average under the same circumstances. Their team record of 31 wins on home ice in 2003-04 is still well within reach.
- A single regulation loss – Three other QMJHL squads have suffered only a single regulation loss at home: Acadie-Bathurst (8-1-2-1), Halifax (6-1-2-0) and Rouyn-Noranda (7-1-1-2).
- Quebec – With a point percentage of .792 when at the Vidéotron Centre, combined with a .600 point percentage on the road, its the Quebec Remparts who own the top spot of the general standings with 31 points (.705) with a third of the season’s games played.
- Maritimes – If you were to combine the team records of the six teams in this division, you would get the league’s best one with a combined home winning percentage of .578 and an impressive point percentage of .664.
TEAMS AT EASE ON THE ROAD
- Blainville-Boisbriand – When playing away from home, the Armada team has scored 14 more goals than its opponents (43 against 29), giving it a near-perfect record of 8 wins in 9 road games. Only one other franchise has scored more goals than it has allowed on the road in 2017-18; the Halifax Mooseheads have scored 36 goals, but have only had 33 against.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS (AT HOME / ON THE ROAD)
- Drake Batherson (Screaming Eagles | Cape Breton) – The QMJHL’s top scorer really excels when playing at home, where he has picked up 21 of his 34 points – good for 62% of his offensive production.
- On the road – With 17 points apiece, Halifax forwards Filip Zadina and Maxime Fortier are more productive on the road than they are at home. They share the top rank in that category with Baie-Comeau’s Jordan Martel. In Fortier’s case, he has already scored 10 goals on the road, good for one third of the current record holder’s production, Ladislav Nagy, who scored 30 goals away from home back in 1998-99.
- Assists – The actual leaders in this category are both blueliners. At home, upcoming NHL Draft hopeful Noah Dobson (Titan | Acadie-Bathurst) already has 14 helpers to his name, while on the road, it’s Nicholas Welsh (Wildcats | Moncton) whose been outstanding with 12.