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 2017:

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? Six teams have had losing records in spite of outscoring their opponents during the season:

Team and Year (Record) - GF - GA - Diff.
Minnesota 2013 (7-9) - 219 - 202 - +17
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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