"goals against average according to nhl.com: League Average: 2.96 sv% according to nhl.com: League Average: .911 what? how? Shots against average according to hockey reference: 33.4, highest in nhl history by 2 shots" -Blue Bull, 2017 3.15. that's how many goals that have been scored on average by one team per game according hockey-reference.com in the 2017-18 season so far. That would be the highest scoring in the nhl since the new jersey devils revolutionized defensive tactics in the 1995 lockout shortened season. It would easily be higher than anything we have seen since the 2004-05 lockout (with the exclusion of the 2006 season, 3.08). the scoring isn't going away yet either. Last night, New Jersey beat Toronto 6-3 (9 Goals) and Colorado beat Boston via the same score. Anaheim beat New York (the islanders) 3-2 last night and the same goes for Pittsburgh beating Washington, and finally, Calgary beat Los Angeles 4-3 in Overtime. 33 goals in 5 games, or about 6.60 goals by two teams per game (3.3 by one). If youre wondering why it's like this, well the shots against are on nhl record pace this year. 33.4, 2.4 ahead of 1985-86 with 31.0.