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Red Wings, Sens lead NHL in games lost to injury

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (C) is helped off the ice by teammates Chris Phillips (L) and Marc Methot after getting injured during the third period of their NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in Ottawa February 21, 2013

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While the NHL doesn't release these numbers publicly, most of the 30 NHL teams track their man-games lost to injury during the season and provide them to local media.

Here are the team totals, sorted by man-games lost per game, as of their most recent game.

The only team that's not providing man-games lost information right now is the Sharks. If those figures become available, they'll be added to this list.

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Teams

GP

MGL

MGL/G

1

Detroit

33

186

5.64

2

Florida

34

163

4.79

3

Ottawa

33

158

4.79

4

Philadelphia

32

133

4.16

5

Washington

33

107

3.24

6

Winnipeg

34

109

3.21

7

Carolina

31

92

2.97

8

Columbus

33

92

2.79

9

Colorado

31

81

2.61

10

Phoenix

32

83

2.59

11

Buffalo

33

85

2.58

12

Calgary

31

78

2.52

13

Vancouver

33

83

2.52

14

Edmonton

32

80

2.50

15

NY Rangers

32

80

2.50

16

Montreal

32

77

2.41

17

Chicago

32

66

2.06

18

Toronto

34

70

2.06

19

Dallas

32

64

2.00

20

Tampa Bay

33

62

1.88

21

St. Louis

32

58

1.81

22

NY Islanders

33

56

1.70

23

New Jersey

33

53

1.61

24

Nashville

33

51

1.55

25

Minnesota

31

45

1.45

26

Anaheim

32

37

1.16

27

Los Angeles

32

37

1.16

28

Pittsburgh

34

29

0.85

29

Boston

31

19

0.61

30

San Jose

31

N/A

N/A

 

Average

32.4

80.5

2.47

In a typical 82-game season, teams generally average roughly around three man-games lost per team, a figure that teams would likely reach due to season-ending injuries if there were more games played.

What we haven't seen, however, is an epidemic of injuries due to the condensed schedule, as these numbers don't appear that far off the norm.

You'll note that most of the teams on the low end here are playoff teams, and that's not a coincidence. There's a correlation between man-games lost and points percentage every year that's pretty significant.

And that makes what Detroit and Ottawa are doing all the more impressive.

The effect of man-games lost to injury

Generally speaking, NHL teams with fewer man-games lost to injury (left hand side of the chart) have better records (higher on chart). Teams need roughly 0.55 points per game to make the postseason.

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