22 teams were in action on a busy Saturday in the NHL. Roussel was a dominant force for Dallas, Karlsson continued to build his Norris trophy resume, and Maatta was masterful for the Penguins.
Before sliding down to the charts, here’s a few words on how they work:
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.
Crosby’s back, and is again making his claim as the NHL’s best forward. He led the game in Corsi +/- on Saturday and has been near the top for weeks. Maatta was excellent. He posted 10 iCF.
For the Flyers, Laughton, MacDonald, and GhostBear struggled most in a game in which the Flyers barely mustered any fight at all.
In a one-off situation, anyone can rise up (or sink down) in unexpected fashion. In the Carolina-Minnesota game, David Jones posted the game’s best Corsi differential. Niederreiter and Haula were close behind. For the Hurricanes, Nash and Gerbe led the way.
Besides Rask, there weren’t any major negative results in this game.
Pavelski, Thornton, and Tierney led the way for both squads. Brent Burns fired another 8 iCF. For the Rangers, Domenic Moore was best.
At the other end, J.T. Miller and E Staal were absolutely demolished.
The Leafs dominated the puck in this one. Kadri was the game’s best, Rielly blasted 9 iCF, and Soshnikov had another strong showing. The only Toronto skater not in the plus was Frank Corrado, who was ~-1.
Things weren’t so great for Buffalo. Colaiacovo snuck into the pluses playing against his original team. Ristolainen sunk back to the bottom and Gorges returned to his much more familiar (and much more negative) area on this chart.
Foligno was the game’s best but the big story here was Oliver Bjorkstrand, who registered 9 iCF in the game. Lots of positive performances from the CBJ skaters. Only Damon Severson escaped a negative fate for New Jersey.
On the Devils, Merrill was worst. Blandisi and Kalinin kept up the trend of finishing perilously close to the bottom of this chart.
Every once in a while, an out-of-nowhere name rises up to the top of a game chart. Tonight, Michael Kostka was the game’s best for Ottawa. Good game for him, don’t expect a repeat. Karlsson was near the top (again) and continues to add to his case for a Norris trophy this season. For Montreal, McCarron led the way and posted 7 iCF.
The Habs struggled to keep pace in this one. Andrighetto was bulldozed by Phaneuf and finished as the game’s worst in Corsi differential. Beaulieu wasn’t far behind.
It’s now noteworthy when Jakub Kindl isn’t the game’s best when Florida plays. He was still a plus but Jonathan Huberdeau was the game leader. Tomas Tatar was Detroit’s best and Brendan Smith continues to roll up the positive Corsi showings.
Helm finished as the game’s worst, Glendening was a negative again, and (oddly) Datsyuk finished near the bottom. Like Patrice Bergeron/Brad Marchand, Pavel Datsyuk is an almost sure bet for a positive Corsi +/-. I wouldn’t count on seeing this happen again soon.
Antoine Roussel had a game, hammering 10 iCF and leading the way against the Isles. Radek Faksa continues to look strong – he posted 7 iCF in this matchup. Cizikas and Hickey turned in positive showings in the shutout loss.
Hamonic dropped to the bottom of this game chart and De Haan wasn’t far behind. NYI defenders have a way of populating the bottom of these charts, especially over the past handful of weeks.
Jaden Schwartz was the game. Fabbri, Upshall, and Tarasenko managed 6 iCF each. Edmundson and Parayko continue to pile up the positive showings.
For Vancouver, it was just another night spent chasing the puck. Andrey Pedan and Nikita Tryamkin were the game’s worst, both in the neighbourhood of -20 Corsi. That’s about as bad as we ever see.
Nesterov led this game while Brown and Kucherov mustered 6 iCF each. TB dominated the puck, even forcing the always-positive Duclair into the negatives.
But the story in this one was the almost historically bad showing by Nicklas Grossmann. He finished around a -27, which may be the worst single-game negative Corsi differential this year. He played ~16 minutes at 5v5, which means he surrendered almost 2 shot attempts against per minute played (if he was on-ice for 0 attempts for).
So, so bad.
In the night’s final game, Shore continued his season-long work of finishing at the top of the game charts. Stempniak was Boston’s best, followed closely by the always-great Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
Drew Doughty was a slight negative, Scuderi was where you’d think he was, and Loui Eriksson finished as the game’s worst – that’s rare and won’t happen again.
A brief look at PDO…here
Ottawa Senators Protection List…here.
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