Tuesday, February 19, 2013

NLL Goal Differential in Season

I used to like to look at this statistic, because the Buffalo Sabres in 1987-88 had a winning record even though they gave up 22 more goals than they scored during the course of the season. That's tough to do.

Has a team in the National Lacrosse League ever had a winning record while being outscored? Indeed it has, in going back over statistics from 1992 to 2018:

Team and Year (Record) - GF - GA - Diff.
Edmonton 2010 (10-6) - 186 - 201 - -15
Colorado 2003 (9-7) - 221 - 230 - -9
Minnesota 2007 (9-7) - 200 - 207 - -7
Detroit 1994 (5-3) - 94 - 95 - -1
New York 1993 (5-3) - 88 - 89 - -1

How about the reverse? Eight teams have had losing records in spite of outscoring their opponents during the season. Two of them came this past season, and one broke the record:

Team and Year (Record) - GF - GA - Diff.
Toronto 2017-18  (8-10) - 237 - 216 - +21
Minnesota 2013 (7-9) - 219 - 202 - +17
Calgary 2017-18 (8-10) - 227 - 211 - +16
San Jose 2009 (7-9) - 200 - 185 - +15
Calgary 2008 (7-9) - 183 - 178 - +5
Toronto 2007 (6-10) - 187 - 183 - +4
New York 1998 (5-7) - 167 - 165 - +2
Buffalo 1995 (3-5) - 109 - 108 - +1

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