Joe Whitney by the numbers
Second-year left wing Joe Whitney's recent scoring outburst has him leading the Albany Devils in goals (20) and points (38). His goal total has him tied for 17th in the AHL.
In 46 games, that's good for .83 points per game. That's another stat in which he's leading the team.
His 20 goals is more than any Albany Devil scored last season. He led the team in points last season with 44 (15 goals, 29 assists). That was in 72 games, when he was recording .61 points per game. It's safe to say he's likely to top that points mark this season, too.
Last season, he was minus-8. This season, he's a plus-17, also leading the team.
He's got four goals and four assists on the power play. Three game-winning goals, six first goals (tops on the team) and is shooting with a 13.5 percent rate of success on his 138 shots on goal (also leading the team, in SOG, not percentage).
In shootouts, he is 3-for-8 with one winner.
In a nutshell (and at 5-foot-6, 170, standing among some of the other guys, he almost looks like he'd fit in one), he is ... leading the team. In a big way.
Entering Sunday's game against Adirondack (at 3 p.m.), Whitney is on a three-game goal-scoring streak, in which he has four goals and two assists.
In his last seven games, he has eight goals and three assists, and he's a plus-5 in that time. He has goals in five of those seven games, and he had multiple points in four of them.
SPEAKING OF ADIRONDACK
Whitney, not surprisingly, leads all Albany Devils against the Adirondack Phantoms this season. In eight games against the Phantoms, he has six goals and five assists, and is a plus-7.
Twice in those eight games, he was held without a point. Three times, he has had multiple points.
He has scored those six goals on 24 shots (25 percent, not too shabby).
Last season, in 10 games against Adirondack, he had three goals and two assists and was a plus-1. Adirondack was 7-3-0-0 against Albany last season.
This season, Albany is 7-2-0-1 in the series, 6-1-0-1 when Whitney plays.
It's a simple equation. Just like 1 + 1 = 2, puck + Joe Whitney = goals. Goals + goals = wins. The Devils being one point out of the last playoff spot, they need to keep adding wins in the last 20 games of the season, so expect Whitney to be on the ice quite a bit.