There were 5 games in the NHL on Sunday as the NHL regular season inches towards a close. Krug was huge though Boston fell hard to the Blackhawks. The Schultzs bookended the PIT vs PHI game, Dano had an off-game, and Beauchemin was blown out.
Before hopping to the game charts, here’s the standard read 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.
On with the game charts…
Trotman was excellent despite Boston’s horrendously-timed loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday. Chara, Eriksson, Bergeron, and Marchand all had positive games as well. And no one outdid blue liner Tory Krug, who managed 10 iCF.
But it didn’t matter.
Ever with TVR, Kruger, Desjardines, and a bevy of other Blackhawks at the bottom of the chart, Chicago still came out on top.
Hey there, Seabrook.
From one Schultz to another, this game had the full spectrum. Justin Schultz continued to seem relieved that he no longer plays in Edmonton. Nick Schultz, however, was the game’s worst.
At the top, J Schultz was joined by the surging Letang. Hornqvist and Kunitz each posted 7 iCF to lead all.
GhostBear joined N Schultz at the bottom, with Streit, Read, and Gagner close behind.
Pittsburgh seems to look more dangerous by the day.
Pominville, Niederreiter, and Granlund led this one. Niederreiter has an incredible Corsi differential this season and is routinely at the top of the game charts. He’s developed into a highly reliable puck possession player.
For the Jets, Armia and Petan led the way. This bodes very well for the future as the pair of young forwards will be in the hunt for full-time roster spots for the 2016-17 season.
Stuart, Dano, and Jones struggled most. Stuart and Jones are regulars on the negative side but Dano’s been quite sharp since joining the team in the Andrew Ladd deal. Hopefully last night was just a blip for him.
Stastny and Gunnarsson led, Parayko and Edmundson were pluses (as always), and Paajarvi tied with Colorado’s Erik Johnson for the iCF lead (7). Just another dominant puck possession night for the St. Louis Blues.
For Colorado, the usual suspects found their way to the bottom of the game chart. Beauchemin posted the worst Corsi differential in the game (this is a recording) and Barrie/Matthias were close behind. Despite Barrie’s otherworldly skills in the offensive zone, he is routinely negative in terms of puck possession.
So it goes.
Klingberg hype has died down but the young defenseman continues to look like a star in Dallas. He led in this one (despite that one bit of ugliness…). Hemsky was a big plus again too.
For Anaheim, Silfverberg was the game’s best, while Kesler and Lindholm weren’t far behind. As time goes on, the Bobby Ryan for Silfverberg, etc… deal looks smarter and smarter for the Ducks.
McGinn, Perry, and Getzlaf were owned as the trio was bounced to the bottom of the game chart. Individually, the members of this trio are generally solid on the puck so it’s safe to bet this positioning won’t happen again.