There were six games last night with a tilt towards West Coast starting times. Before we dig into how the puck possession played out in each, I’ll repost some brief words on the game charts and how they were, just in case you haven’t seen these before. From yesterday:
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 (good)
- players at the bottom (and to the left) posted negative differentials (bad)
- 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 been hindered by linemates. Maybe.
- like any reasonable person, I don’t believe that Corsi is everything. But it’s an important part of the everything.
Here’s a rundown of how each game played out from a Corsi point of view.
The Isles stormed back in the third to win this one. Clutterbuck scored the winner, which was important for him because he was atrocious throughout the rest of the game. Garik16 put it nicely:
Hilariously, hero cal clutterbuck ended the game a team worst by far -14 in Corsi. Team was +22 without him on ice
— garik16 (@garik16) March 15, 2016
Score-adjusted, Clutterbuck’s performance was even worse than that.
Lee and Campbell were both strong in this one and Barkov led all with an impressive 8 iCF.
If you’re new to the charts, the Kings-Blackhawks game is an interesting one. Muzzin, Lucic, Kopitar, and Shore are always at the top with strong Corsi differentials. Doughty’s usually there too but wasn’t in this one.
His partner in this one was Scuderi.
The other note here is Seabrook’s spot at the bottom of the chart. He posts negative Corsi differentials night-in, night-out. Long-term, his big contract is an albatross.
Jose was strong and that’s fairly typical. Draisaitl was a plus for the Oilers, which has been his spot this season as well.
Nikitin posted a big negative and Clendening landed near the bottom of this chart ending a streak of positive matches. Long-term, Clendening seems to have the potential to be a plus on the Oilers’ blue line.
The Flames are not a strong possession team but that hasn’t stopped Giordano this year. He’s a consistent plus and mustered a strong 4 iCF in this game. Pietrangelo led all but posted only 1 iCF.
Gaudreau was back in the pluses after a string of poor showings. Wideman was a negative (typical) as was Tarasenko (really not typical).
Mathieu Perreault is one of my favourites. His Corsi +/- is always respectable. Since joining the Jets, Dano has been a strong plus possession player as well.
The Canucks were on the wrong side of things all night. Sbisa was a big negative (as usual). Hamhuis was the game’s worst but that’s not his standard.
This was an absolute stinker for the NJ Devils. The Moore-Schlemko pairing was on the ice for 3 goals against at 5v5. Blandisi and Kalinin maintained their streak of negative showings, which is disappointing because Blandisi was on a nice run a couple of weeks ago.
Stoner was the game’s best (weird) and Manson continues to impress on the Ducks’ blue line.
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