Yes, it’s mid-November and the Ontario Reign have played 12 games, or 18% of their games. We’ll choose to go with early season until they’ve played around 25%.

However, 12 games is still enough to compare them with the rest of the division & the league.

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The Reign are currently boasting a winning percentage of 0.750 and are in a three way tie for fourth in the league with San Antonio Rampage & the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Above them in the rankings are the Toronto Marlies (0.767), Chicago Wolves (0.818) and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (0.917).

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Goal Differential:

To keep things even, we’ll only look at other teams who have played 11-12 games. The Penguins are sporting a +29 goal differential (49 for, 20 against) in 12 games. The Reign have a +14 (33 goals for, 19 against). The Chicago Wolves are next at +13 (43 for, 30 against) followed by San Antonio with a +6 (41 for, 35 against). Here the balance tips over with Bakersfield at -4 (34 for, 38 against) and San Jose at -7 (29 for, 36 against). Lastly in this group we have the Grand Rapid Griffins at -19 (19 for, 38 against), but they are not last in the league. That dubious honor is held by the Iowa Wild at a -27 (ouch).

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Per Game:

Total goals for & against looses its value when you realize that some teams have played 17 games and other have played 10. So let’s look at goals against per game and goals for per game.

Eastern Conference –

Team
Goal For/Game
Goals Against/Game
Atlantic
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
4.08
1.67
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
3.375
2.375
Springfield Falcons
3.25
3.08
Hershey Bears
2.500
3.21
Portland Pirates
3.36
3.55
Hartford Wolf Pack
2.067
2.867
Lehigh Valley Phantoms
3.200
2.93
Providence Bruins
2.846
3.769
North
Toronto Marlies
4.200
2.667
Albany Devils
3.000
2.154
Syracuse Crunch
2.667
2.667
St. John’s Ice Caps
3.312
3.687
Utica Comets
2.692
2.923
Rochester Americans
2.538
4.000
Binghampton Senators
2.928
3.571
Western Conference –
Central
Chicago Wolves
3.909
2.727
Rockford Ice Hogs
2.929
2.786
Lake Erie Monsters
2.923
2.538
Milwaukee Admirals
2.923
2.846
Charlotte Checkers
3.143
3.214
Manitoba Moose
1.692
2.692
Iowa Wild
1.706
3.294
Grand Rapid Griffins
1.727
3.454
Pacific
Ontario Reign
2.75
1.583
San Antonio Rampage
3.417
2.917
San Diego Gulls
3.154
2.538
Texas Stars
4.154
2.923
Bakersfield Condors
2.833
3.167
San Jose Barracuda
2.417
3.000
Stockton Heat
2.400
2.900
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The Reign hold the defensive lead with 1.583 goals against per game over the Penguins who have a 1.67 GA/G. The next closest team are the Tigers at 2.375. The Rochester Americans are in the worst shape at 4.00 GA/G. This is reinforced with the goalie rankings. Peter Budaj leads the league with a 0.947 save percentage. The Penguins’ Matt Murray is next with a 0.942 SV%. Both netminders have 8 wins and 1 regulation loss (Budaj has 1 overtime loss as well).
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Offensively, the Reign are at the lower end of the spectrum with the Marlies leading at 4.2 GF/G. The Texas Stars are next with 4.154 GF/G followed closely by the Penguins at 4.08 GF/G.
Yup
Sustainability –
It’s the new buzz word. It is being used to describe everything from construction to profit margins to winning streaks. In hockey, the new stat is PDO. It’s easy to calculate and has a pretty good record of showing which teams have a hard regression coming.
For this, we have a table: AHL Stats
If you don’t feel like mucking through the numbers, we’ll sum it up. The Condors have a high PDO of 1.321, and will look to be loosing a few more games. The Griffins occupy the other end of the spectrum at 0.953 and will be looking to see their fortunes turn around. The Reign are about where they should be at 1.028.
Had enough numbers for now? We’ll revisit these near mid-season.

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