In an effort to make my game charts a little more accessible, I’m experimenting with a blog as a storage space. My plan is to publish each day’s game charts as a daily post. It might make sense to avoid the urge to comment on each game in the long run but I doubt I’ll be able to resist.
A couple of notes on reading the charts:
- the Corsi differential is based on 5v5 play and is score-adjusted, as per war-on-ice.
- players at the top (with bars extending to the right) posted positive differentials
- players at the bottom (and to the left) posted negative differentials
- the colour of each bar represents the player’s time on ice (see legend at the bottom)
- each players individual Corsi For attempts are included in parentheses
- a player with a strong C +/- but a (0) for iCF didn’t directly contribute to his strong showing.
- a player with a weak C +/- but a strong iCF score (i.e. greater than 5) may have deserved a better fate.
- like any reasonable person, I don’t believe that Corsi is everything. But it’s an important part of the everything.
Here goes nothing.
Kunitz, Crosby, and Hornqvist continued to roll, posting the strongest positive Corsi differentials for the game. Crosby led all skaters with 7 individual Corsi For (iCF indicated in brackets after each player’s name).
The butt of all hockey jokes, Daniel Girardi continues to be pummeled. He routinely posts the worst Corsi differential in each game he plays. This happens regardless of opponent, which is interesting, sad, and Twitter-rage worthy for Rangers fans.
Tyler Johnson has appeared near the top of the game charts of late, which is a good sign for the Lightning. Saad, Wennberg, Jenner, and Foligno managed positive C +/-, which is impressive given the flow of this game.
Bourque, Boll, and Campbell were the game’s worst and that comes as little surprise.
The Leafs gutted out an ugly win for their coach as Babcock faced off against his former team. Tatar led the way for both side and Datsyuk managed a strong 8 iCF. Jake Gardiner, a polarizing figure for Leafs fans, continues to amass positive Corsi differentials. He’ll almost certainly remain a fixture of the eye test vs analytics debate. Around here, Gardiner’s good as gold.
On the other end, Morgan Rielly took a beating. Since breaking free from Hunwick, Rielly’s C +/- has been extremely up-and-down. This Corsi roller coaster has its highs and lows, which is probably much better than the stream of only lows while Rielly-Hunwick was a thing.
As always, these charts and the billion other graphs I’ve made can be found here.
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