There were 11 NHL games last night. Yannick Weber and Seth Jones stole the show, each posting double-digit iCF marks. Bozak was great in his return, Quincey, McNabb, and Frolik all enjoyed strong nights as well.
Before we slide into the game charts, here’s a brief breakdown of how to read these 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.
Seth Jones recovered from a poor showing last time out to lead all in this one. He also posted an excellent 10 iCF, the best mark in the game. Foligno, Wennberg, and Calvert were strong too.
Normally strong possession-wise, the Canes were thumped in this one. Gerbe, Faulk, and Hainsey were the game’s worst, each well in excess of -10 Corsi differential.
Connor Brown scored and led the game in Corsi +/-. Despite their tanking efforts, the Leafs’ youngsters have added some pluckiness. Leivo, Rielly, Hyman, and Gardiner were pluses as well.
For Anaheim, Santorelli, Horcoff, and Garbutt were best.
At the bottom of the chart, Nick Ritchie was easily worst. Perry and Kadri (?!) weren’t far behind.
Quincey and DeKeyser led this one, which is out of the ordinary. The two have posted a poor cumulative Corsi differential over the course of the season. Larkin led all with 7 iCF and Detroit has to be incredibly pleased with how his season has played out.
The Habs have been a positive puck possession team all season but struggled tonight. Every Canadiens skater finished in the negatives. Pateryn and Beaulieu were worst. This season can’t end soon enough for Montreal.
Smith, Ekholm, and Hamhuis led the way in this one but the player of the night was Yannick Weber. He managed a strong Corsi differential and 14 iCF – an outstanding mark. It isn’t strange for half of that iCF to be tops for an average game.
At the other end, big names found themselves at the bottom of the game chart. Josi, Weber, and Johansen were worst. It’s just incredible that Team Canada named Shea Weber to its initial World Cup of Hockey roster.
Nic Dowd led the way, as everyone predicted prior to the game.
McNabb and Doughty were the best for LA. Dustin Brown blasted 10 iCF but posted a sub-5 Corsi differential. That means he was involved in some high-event play in this game.
The Jets owned the bottom of this graph. Byfuglien and Stuart were worst.
Frolik led all and posted 7 iCF. Mikael Backlund was strong as well, posting 6 iCF. Hamilton and Giordano round out the top portion of the Corsi differential graph. Gio has been excellent all season long.
Scandella and Brodin find themselves at the bottom of the graph again. It was an extremely rough night for both – each was worse than -20 in Corsi +/-.
Smith and Jokinen led the way. This duo (along with Campbell) have been pluses all season long. No one stood out in terms of iCF.
A number of normally solid Bruins were trounced. Stempniak was the game’s worst, while Bergeron, Miller, and Marchand were among the most negative in Corsi differential.
Kris Letang is excellent – he led the game tonight and posted 7 iCF as well. Hornqvist joined Letang at the top and Kessel registered a game-leading 7 iCF.
The Devils chased the puck all night despite their win. Moore, DSP, and Blandisi were the game’s worst.
Gudas is the Flyers’ season-long Corsi differential leader. He’s been particularly excellent of late and led the way tonight. Ghostbear posted 8 iCF to lead all players.
The Avs owned the bottom of the Corsi +/- chart as they usually do. Iginla, Mitchell, and Martinsen posted the game’s worst differentials.
Klingberg was spectacular, leading all and posting 11 iCF. Nemeth joined him at the top of the chart and no one else was close.
Stephen Johns was on an island by himself at the bottom of the chart. He posted near -15 in Corsi differential. Duclair continued his recent slide, posting another slightly negative puck possession differential.
The Oilers flipped their usual script, dominating the top of the game chart. Maroon’s been great, McDavid was strong, and Eberle led all with an impressive 11 iCF.
At the other end, Couture, Spaling, and Karlsson struggled most. Only Fayne was worse than this SJ trio.
Observed vs expected goal differentials…here
Ottawa Senators Twitter-Sourced Expansion Protection List…here.
NHL Game Charts – Wednesday, March 23