There were 6 games on Friday night in the NHL. Gorges was a game leader (weird), Gomez was a game’s worst (not weird), and Tryamkin was a plus. Before getting on with the game charts, have a quick look at the notes on reading the graphs.
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 charts.
Steady, reliable, easy-to-miss Barret Jackman continues to be a stabilizing force on the Predators blue line. He led in Corsi differential in this game and is generally a plus game after game. Weber and Arvidsson each posted 7 iCF, and Neal posted 8 iCF (yet was still barely a plus).
Schmidt and Richards struggled for the Capitals. But no one struggled more than Ekholm who was within range of -20.
The scripts was flipped in this one as Josh Gorges, a nightly fixture at the bottom of these game charts, found himself alone at the top. Eichel finished in a good spot as well. For the Sens, Chiasson led the way, Phaneuf was strong, and Karlsson posted an outstanding 8 iCF.
While Dzingel and Kostka struggled, Gomez finished as the game’s worst with limited ice time. There’s mounting evidence that he’s unable to hold even a depth role as an NHL regular.
Hamhuis led the way as the Canucks dominated the puck possession battle in this game. Tryamkin posted a strongly positive Corsi differential – that sound you can hear is Jim Benning sighing with relief. Fayne was the lone plus for the Oilers.
At the other end of the chart, Reinhart struggled (as usual) and Oesterle joined him. The two finished worst than -15, which is truly awful.
In Ladd’s return to Winnipeg, the Blackhawks blanked the Jets. Ladd finished as a plus with 5 iCF – a solid night. The quietly effective Trevor van Riemsdyk finished near the top of the chart again and Fleischmann was a plus again as well.
There were lots of puck struggles to go around for the Jets. Kosmachuk was worst but Enstrom, Petan, Halischuk, and Copp were all decidely negative too. A rough Corsi differential night in Winnipeg.
Hamilton was the game’s best and Jooris mustered 6 iCF. Gelinas and MacKinnon were strong for the Avs but both were injured during the match.
Holden and Colborne were the game’s worst – this isn’t rare for either skater.
Even in the loss, the Bruins clearly dominated the puck. Eriksson led all and Pastrnak posted a game’s best 8 iCF. Chara was strong on the puck too.
For Anaheim, Fowler, Getzlaf, McGinn, and Perry populate the bottom of the puck possession graph. That didn’t hurt the Ducks in this one but isn’t a sustainable way of winning.
Marchand and Bergeron finished in the negatives. That’s rare.
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