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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Bill Guerin scored the only goal in the Blues' 1-0 win over the Predators on Friday, just as he did in the Blues' 1-0 wins over the Sharks on Jan. 20 and the Red Wings on Feb. 8. Guerin is only the third player in NHL history to score the goal in a 1-0 game three times in one season (no one has done it more than three times). The others: Charley McVeigh for the 1928-29 New York Americans and King Clancy for the original Ottawa Senators in 1925-26.
• Rob Scuderi broke his 110-game goal drought Friday against the Devils. Scuderi's streak, which was the seventh-longest current drought in the NHL entering Friday's games, dates to when he scored his first career goal, on March 7, 2004. Three other active players went that many games between their first and second NHL goals: Cory Sarich (150 games), Bret Hedican (132) and Reed Low (111).
• The Sharks have been shut out in each of their past two games, on Friday by the Blue Jackets and on Wednesday by the Predators. It's the third time in team history that the Sharks have failed to score in back to back games; they also did it in November 1997 and January 1999.
• Patrick Lalime has allowed only one goal over his first two games with the Blackhawks. It's the second time in his career that Lalime has allowed only one goal over his first two games with a team -- he also did it in his first two games with the Senators in October 1999.
• At the All-Star break, the five best records in the NBA belong to teams from the Western Conference: Dallas, 44-9 (.830); Phoenix, 39-13 (.750); Utah, 35-17 (.673); San Antonio, 35-18 (.660); and Houston, 33-19 (.635). It's the first time that the top five records at the All-Star break belong to teams from the same conference.
In fact, there had never been a season in which one conference had the teams with the league's four best records at the break. The most recent seasons with three: 2001-02 (Sacramento, Lakers, Dallas), 1996-97 (Chicago, Miami, Detroit) and 1980-81 (Philadelphia, Boston, Milwaukee).
• The Nuggets have the toughest remaining schedule based on and weighted by the current records of their upcoming opponents. Denver's opponents for the rest of the season currently have a combined winning percentage of .552. The next-toughest schedule for any team is for the Clippers, whose remaining opponents currently have a .530 winning percentage.
The Nuggets have 25 games remaining against conference foes, tying them with the Lakers for the most intra-conference games after the break.
• Carmelo Anthony is leading the NBA in scoring average at 30.7. It's the third time since the Nuggets joined the NBA that they've had a player leading the NBA in scoring average at the break; Alex English led in 1982-83 (29.0) and 1985-86 (29.3).
Gilbert Arenas is leading the NBA in points scored with 1,442. It's the second time in Wizards/Bullets franchise history that they've had a player leading the NBA in points at the break; Bernard King led the Association with 1,436 at the break in 1990-91.
• There are 12 NBA players averaging at least 25 points per game at the break, the most in one season in NBA history. The previous most was in the 1990-91 season, when 11 players were averaging at least 25 points per game at the break.
• Scottie Pippen said Friday he would like to play again in the NBA. Pippen last appeared in an NBA game on Feb. 2, 2004. Many individuals have returned to the league after an absence of at least three years, but Pippen's 18,940 career points would be the second-highest total for any player at the time of such a comeback.
Three men returned to play following three (or more) years off, having already scored at least 15,000 points in the NBA: Michael Jordan, 29,277 (returned in 2001); Magic Johnson, 17,239 (1996) and Bob Cousy, 16,954 (as a player-coach in 1969).
• After two rounds of play at the Nissan Open at Riviera, Pat Perez has found the green in regulation 80.6 percent of the time while finding the fairway in regulation only 42.9 percent of the time. Over the past 25 years, only one other player through 36 holes at the Nissan has found the green in regulation at least 80 percent of the time while finding the fairway in regulation less than 45 percent of the time. In 1992, Jim Hallet had the same marks as Perez does this year.