Only 4 games in the NHL on Monday night without any late, West Coast starts. Girardi managed a plus in the NYR-FLA matchup (?!), Nylander enjoyed another strong night, Jokinen was strong (always is),
Before we jump 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.
Jussi Jokinen led the way and has been a consistent plus all season. He’s great. Smith followed close behind. For NYR, Stalberg was best and Klein/McDonagh were strong as well.
Stalberg, Stepan, and Trocheck led with 6 iCF each. ~6 iCF is loosely average for a game-leading performance.
Huberdeau, Barkov, Campbell, and Petrovic all struggled mightily in this one. The bottom three don’t usually find themselves in such a poor position.
Nick Leddy enjoyed his best showing in a while, leading the way in this game. Raffl and Ghostbear were strong as well. Prince was a plus, which warms my heart.
In terms of individual contributions, Okposo, Bailey, and Simmonds each had 5 iCF, though Simmonds finished in the Corsi differential negatives.
Hickey was worst but only posted a ~-6. This was a tight puck possession game.
Parenteau was the game’s best. It’s hard to avoid wondering if a contender would’ve benefited by adding the cheap, veteran scorer. Rielly was strong. Nylander led all with 6 iCF and continues to make the future in Toronto look very bright.
On the flip side, Nakladal and Wotherspoon were easily the game’s worst. Jokipakka struggled too, which has happened much more frequently in Calgary.
Jake Muzzin was the game’s best and that’s nothing new. He’s a consistent Corsi differential leader. Shore and Kopitar were near the top, as they usually are.
Alec Martinez led all in iCF with 7.
Rob Scuderi was a plus tonight (as was Girardi, in an obvious attempt to break Hockey Twitter).
Salomaki and Lecavalier were the game’s worst but the puck possession battle was tight tonight and neither posted a deeply troubling Corsi differential.
A brief look at PDO…here
Ottawa Senators Protection List…here.
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