There are over a dozen ways in which an NHL team can be successful. Some ways are obvious: scoring a lot, not getting scored on and dominating on special teams.
Other methods are less obvious, but can be just as effective: blocking shots, staying out of the box or even dominating shootouts.
For any given team, a certain statistical category can be their backbone or their Achilles heel. A stat can also, depending not only on the importance of the stat but also the team's style of play—be relatively irrelevant.
While San Jose would do well to block shots, get takeaways and dominate four-on-four overtime, here is a look at six statistical categories that San Jose can ill-afford to falter in, with predictions of how well they'll perform during the coming season.