There were 8 games on the NHL docket last night. Luke Glendening recovered mightily from an awful showing last time out, Letang was great, Kindl led the Panthers again, Forsberg was excellent, and much more.
Before digging into the charts, here’s the standard message about how to read the visuals.
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.
Now on with the Corsi story from Thursday night.
After being pummeled in Detroit’s last game, Glendening recovered to post the game’s best Corsi differential. Atkinson posted 6 iCF for Columbus and was their team leader.
At the other end of the chart, John Ramage struggled mightily, suffering the worst Corsi differential in the game by a fair amount. Tatar also posted a negative Corsi +/-, which hasn’t been his standard of late.
Letang was a dominant force, leading the game’s puck possession battle and registering 7 iCF. He was fantastic. Crosby was also strong on the puck (always is). Jordan Staal was Carolina’s only positive player.
Hainsey and Slavin were hardest hit in this matchup. Slavin has enjoyed a surprisingly productive season but has been on a negative Corsi differential slide of late.
Crazy score in this one – Koivu, Zucker, and Dumba posted the most positive differentials and that didn’t matter one bit in this game.
Granlund and Parise were the game’s worst. Blandisi and Kalinin finished near the bottom again, which has become their standard of late.
Yet again, Kindl posted the best Corsi differential in the game and led the Florida Panthers. Reilly Smith was great for Florida as well. For the Leafs, Nylander and Laich were great, posting 8 and 7 iCF, respectively.
Ben Smith and Connor Brown struggled most in this matchup. Ekblad posted another negative Corsi differential, which has been a recent trend.
Shea Weber almost stole the show, leading the game in Corsi +/- and blasting 8 iCF of his own. But he was outdone by the amazing Filip Forsberg who posted 10 iCF (rare and impressive).
The Isles dominated the bottom of the chart, led by Okposo, Bailey, and De Haan.
Cody Eakin and Steven Stamkos were team leaders in this game. Hemsky posted 6 iCF and Faksa was very impressive, mustering 8 iCF.
At the bottom, Spezza, Nichushkin, and Johnson were hammered hardest. Palat and Sharp were negatives too, which isn’t often the case.
A well-named skater led the way for his club on St. Patrick’s Day. This is not Tierney’s typical spot (heartbreaking for me) so it’s nice to see him on the right side of the differential. Duclair posted a positive Corsi +/- for the Coyotes – he’s been doing that all season long.
Grossmann, Martinook, and Stone struggled most for Arizona.
Jake Muzzin led all skaters and posted 5 iCF. He’s the LA Kings’ not-so-secret weapon on defense. He quietly leads a very strong LA squad in Corsi differential night-in and night-out. Dan Boyle was NYR’s best.
Dan Girardi was the game’s worst.
This is a recording.
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