It was a quiet night in the NHL, with only six teams in action. Dubinsky was huge for CBJ and Burrows and Nyquist were strong on their game charts. In one of the stranger game chart performances in a while, Pavel Datsyuk finished last in Corsi differntial in his matchup.
Before getting to the charts, here’s the usual blurb on reading them:
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…
Dubinsky was beastly in this one. He led the way -and- blasted 10 iCF. Kukan continued his quietly effective play as well. For the Leafs, Nylander continues to show signs of his huge potential. Greening and Kapanen were pluses for Toronto as well.
Marincin and Bozak were the game’s worst. Lindberg was close but also posted 6 iCF, giving an indication of high-event play. That he was included in the Phaneuf deal still boggles the mind…
Burrows, Hutton, and Hamhuis posted the game’s best 5v5 Corsi differential. Gaunce was near the top as well, which has been common of late. Tryamkin was a clear plus as well, which is not his standard.
For the Oilers, McDavid was a solid plus and mustered 5 iCF. His upside next season is incredible.
At the other end, Fayne and Draisaitl struggled most. Fayne managed 5 iCF, making his ~-10 Corsi deficit all the more troubling.
Nyquist was the game’s best and posted 5 iCF, tying with Nick Schultz (?!) to lead the way. Couturier and LArkin were both pluses as well and Andrew MacDonald was only slightly negative.
In partially strange news, Gudas had an off-night, registering a negative Corsi differential. Even more shocking is Datsyuk’s Corsi +/-. Don’t expect to see the legendary Russian anywhere near this area of a game chart again.