There were eight games on the NHL schedule last night, including another last second goal for the Ottawa Senators en route to an overtime win. Before jumping into the game charts, here’s the rundown on how to read them:
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.
And now, on with the game charts from Tuesday night.
Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom led the way in this one and Ovechkin managed a game-high 9 iCF. He’s a force of nature.
The young Carolina Hurricanes’ defensemen did well to keep this game close. Despite this, Hanifin and Pesce did struggle most, finishing at the bottom of the game chart.
Hey there, Beagle.
Crosby was a solid positive in this one and led the game with 7 iCF. From a puck possession standpoint, he remains on top of his game. It’s pleasing that the early-season “he’s lost it” chants have gone away.
In heavy minutes, Hamonic struggled most. Kulemin, De Haan, and Clutterbuck (no surprise) posted substantially negative Corsi differentials as well.
Facing off against their future captain, the Leafs posted another victory in a mostly tight game against Tampa Bay. Hedman led all skaters, which he does frequently. Kucherov posted an impressive 9 iCF.
For the Leafs, Carrick had a strong game on all fronts, managing 5 iCF. Soshnikov finally bottomed out, finishing with the game’s worst C +/-, though he posted 3 iCF.
Kampfer led all and Kindl’s name pops up at the top of the chart for the Florida Panthers…again. Florida has to be pleased with his passable puck possession work so far. Logan Shaw led all players with 7 individual Corsi For.
Despite the post-Price tailspin, the Montreal Canadiens have actually been a positive Corsi differential team all season. That didn’t happen tonight. Emelin was stuck with the game’s worst performance overall.
Ekblad’s worth keeping an eye on too. He’s excellent when paired with Campbell but his work with partner Dimitry Kulikov is fairly underwhelming.
This was the game I followed closest.
The Wild did everything they could to block all shot attempts, which mostly worked – until it didn’t. Karlsson is a freak of nature (despite the slightly negative Corsi +/-) and the Sens are going to miss Hoffman if they manage to chase him out of town.
Schroeder and Granlund led all skaters and Gomez posted another worst-of-the-game Corsi differential. He looks finished.
Datsyuk and Tatar paced the group and Mantha enjoyed a strong night with 7 iCF and a good spot on this chart overall. Brendan Smith is always near the top and deserves credit in a Jake Gardiner kind of way.
Luke Glendening was just demolished, finished with a mark south of -20 in Corsi differential. That’s hard to do given his ice time.
As a group, the Flyers stayed close to a C +/- of 0 in this one. Simmonds strong iCF (7) and negative Corsi diff. is certainly interesting. That’s some high-event hockey.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I’m not on the “Doughty for Norris” bandwagon. For me, it’s Karlsson and then a big gap before every other defenseman. Buuuut, Doughty managed to drag Rob Scuderi up to the top section of the Corsi differential chart. That in itself may warrent Norris consideration.
Lots of puck struggles for the Stars but Eakin was hit hardest. He finished with a C+/- of ~-10.
Vlasic remains one of the game’s more underrated defenders. He led the way tonight and routinely finishes at/near the top of the puck possession chart. He’s highly effective. Burns mustered 6 iCF and that’s standard for him – he’s a shot attempts machine.
The Bruins mostly struggled, led by Spooner, Hayes, Miller, and Beleskey. No one was really awful though. Bergeron and Marchand finished as slight negatives and that’s fairly rare.
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