Last night was heavy on the late games. There were 6 games in all, and the matches included an Oilers win, the Flyers hopping into the playoff picture, and Francois Beauchemin in the pluses.
Before we start, a couple of bullets on reading the game charts.
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 a very important part of the everything.
Max Pacioretty led the Canadiens in Corsi differential and posted a game-leading 7 iCF. He’s routinely a plus possession player.
Mark Pysyk continues to demonstrate sneaky value on the Sabres blue line. He can be partnered with virtually anyone and post good possession numbers. He could be a keeper. On the flip side, Gorges continues to get demolished, along with Ristolainen. So it goes.
Manning and Fleischmann were among the best puck possession players in this game. But, the value of tracking iCF is clear in both cases – neither registered a shot attempt for, showing their positive differential to be teammate-reliant.
Gudas posted 5 iCF and continues to be a surprisingly useful player on the Flyers’ blue line.
Schultz was pounded. Nothing new there.
In this highly weird game, the Blues still managed to mostly dominate the puck. Backes and Berglund posted the game’s best Corsi differentials and Parayko and Edmundson continue to be plus possession players.
Adam Clendening was bombed for the second straight game after a nice stretch of very positive games. In Edmonton, blue liner blowups shouldn’t really surprise anyone.
For the Jets, Drew Stafford led the way. This is not a typical occurrence. Marko Dano continued his very responsible puck play in Winnipeg, posting yet another positive differential. The Jets may have nabbed a keeper in the difficult Ladd deal.
For the Flames, the usually steady Giordano really struggled. That’s rare. Jokipakka was the game’s worst – this may be a function of leaving Dallas to play in Calgary as JJ has shown an ability to post positive differentials with the right (read: not Flames) teammates.
Johnson and Beauchemin were the game’s best. Beauchemin is among the league’s worst in total Corsi differential this season, so this is an unusual spot for the veteran defender. Barrie and Holden were the game’s worst and, despite his excellent offensive play, Barrie is generally in this position on the graph.
Jake Virtanen managed a plus, which isn’t always easy playing for this iteration of the Canucks.
Silfverberg and Cogliano led the way and Ryan Kesler posted a game-leading 6 iCF. These two are the type of steady, responsible bottom-six players that any Cup contender needs.
For the Rangers, Eric Staal was a negative (again). He’s posted one of the NHL’s best Corsi differentials over the past two seasons, which shows just how big the possession black hole in NY truly is.
Oh, Girardi and Glass were the game’s worst. But you already knew that.
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