Welcome to the final night of regular season game charts. Every team was in action so we’ve got a lot to work through here. Grab your coffee, let’s get started.
First, one last reminder about how to read the charts:
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 boatload of charts…
The Bruins dominated the positive side of the chart. Beleskey led and blasted 7 iCF. It didn’t help.
At the other end, Mike Kostka and Cody Ceci were awful. Ceci’s receiving buzz as a Team Canada rep for the world championships. He’s posted an extremely poor Corsi differential this season, which is worth noting.
This could be the one that ends the run for Claude Julien in Boston.
Marchenko led but posted 0 iCF, meaning he was an observer of many shot attempts. Pavel Datsyuk was strong, mustering 8 iCF. Staal was in the pluses before being injured. Here’s hoping he bounces back soon.
Miller, Skjei (pronounced “Shea”) and Glass were the game’s worst. Somehow, Girardi and Dekeyser avoided the bottom of this game chart.
Radko Gudas led all and launched 7 iCF. He’s been on a wildly positive run. Giroux led all with 8 iCF. Hornqvist was one of the few Penguins’ pluses.
Schultz and Cole weren’t their best in this one. Still, PIT wasn’t icing their playoffs lineup. If the team has a goaltender, this is a scary group that peaked at the right time. They’ll be dangerous.
Wagner and Lindholm led. No surprise with Lindholm who owns one of the top five Corsi differentials for the year. Ritchie led with 5 iCF, which is yawn-worthy.
Beauchemin and Barrie were joined in their usual spots by Matt Duchene. Safe to say that Duchene had no reason to celebrate with a double fist-pump.
Despite the loss, Jake Gardiner finished at the top of the chart. With new management in town, it’s safe to assume that the Leafs appreciate Gardiner’s very effective game despite the sometimes negative public opinion.
Schlemko, Santini, and Rielly were worst.
But the real story was Patrik Elias. A plus on the night, he scored at the very end of the game to the crowd’s delight. We may have seen the last of this always-under-appreciated star.
Jordan Staal led and registered 6 iCF. Campbell was a plus for the Panthers, as usual. Jagr was strong again too – when isn’t he.
Jokinen, Smith, and Kindl were at the bottom of this game chart. They’re reliable pluses in Corsi differential so it’s probably safe to ignore this blip.
TVR led after a bad game last time out. He’s been perfectly reliable over the past two months. Fleischmann was great again too. Kukan also continued his plus-run, finishing among the Corsi differential leaders in this game.
Boll and Seabrook own the bottom of this chart. Reminder: This is where Seabrook finishes every night.
Darren Dietz is 22-years-old and has been a nightly plus for the Habs. It’s worth noting, though, that Montreal has remained a plus possession team despite their awful season. They have a pair of 30-goal scorers, a top-notch defensemen, and positive nightly Corsi differentials. If only we could pinpoint what was going on with this team…
At the other end of the game chart, Brown and Paquette were worst. But the real worst is the injury to Tyler Johnson. The Lightning have been utterly decimated by injuries over the past two weeks.
Spurgeon owned the game’s best Corsi differential and Brodin and Suter weren’t far behind.
For the Flames, Brodie struggled and Elson and Kylington joined him at the bottom of the game chart. Despite this showing, it’s still baffling that Kylington dropped to 60th in the draft last season. Flames probably have a keeper with him.
Mark Pysyk finished the season in appropriate fashion, topping the game chart. He remained a positive puck possession player when in the lineup this season. Reinhart posted 6 iCF too and emerged as a reliable player and important part of the young core in Buffalo.
Pelech and Mayfield struggled heavily, each finishing in the neighborhood of -20 in Corsi differential.
Nystrom led and Forsberg and Jackman managed 6 iCF each. Forsberg’s a terror.
Edmundson and Parayko finished as slight negatives, ruining their run of always-positive puck play.
Pietrangelo was the game’s worst and was absolutely demolished, finishing in excess of -20 in Corsi differential. That’s atrocious.
Muzzin and Schenn played one of the best Corsi differential games of the season. Each finished around +25 in Corsi +/-, which is incredible. Luke Schenn must feel like he’s gone to heaven.
Tanev had an odd night. He managed 7 iCF but was still a clear negative. That’s some high-event play.
Postma and Chiarot finish the season at the bottom of a game chart, which isn’t a surprise.
Sekera led and Nurse posted a game-high 6 iCF. Bartkowski wrapped up his season on the plus side of this game chart. He’s one of the absolute worst Corsi differential players in the NHL.
The Oilers’ had a 5-man unit stand out in an…undesirable way. McDavid, Maroon, Eberle, Reinhart, and Oesterle finished well-back of the rest in this one.
It’s all onward and upward for McDavid from here – he’s been absolutely unreal.
Brent Burns finished on top and launched 7 iCF. He won’t get a sniff at the Norris but has been a tremendous force on the Sharks’ defense this season. Tierney was a plus (heartwarming).
Polak wrecked the TOI colour legend in this one by logging a ton of minutes.
Duclair finished at the bottom of the game chart but was a very responsible puck manager all season long. Bright skies ahead for the Coyotes’ youngster.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read these posts, share some encouraging words, or share the post for me. I’ve been really happy with the traffic and have learned a lot by tracking the game-by-game Corsi differentials for players.
I didn’t start until January 5th. I then made game charts for ~700 games. It’s definitely impinged upon my sleep (and sometimes, my sanity) but it’s been a fun process.
I still haven’t decided if I’ll continue through the playoffs. But if war-on-ice keeps producing their game table…
Thanks again, everyone.