There were two games in the NHL to wrap up the season. It appeared that war-on-ice had stopped running their game table. This would’ve crippled the game charts and I had planned on stepping back while re-working the vizzes to take data from Corsica or HockeyStats.
Instead, WOI confirmed that they’ll continue running the game-by-game stat sheets through the playoffs. That means the game charts can continue until the Stanley Cup is awarded.
Lots of work left to be done.
Here’s the blurb on 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.
Now, let’s get at it.
In a possible Stanley Cup Final preview, both teams appeared disinterested. Horcoff was the game’s leader, Mike Richards was strong (weird), and Lindholm and Manson did their usual thing.
Tom Wilson’s 5 iCF was enough to lead all, which says plenty about this matchup.
On the negative Corsi differential side, Johansson and Despres were worst.
There’s no sense in putting a lot of stock in this final regular season game for each team but there’s a chance these two teams will meet again. The stakes would be much higher.
Cousins, GhostBear, Gagner, and MacDonald led the way and Laughton mustered a game’s best 6 iCF. Gudas was a plus but nothing near the new Gudas the hockey world has come to love.
At the other end of the game chart, Nelson, Bernier, and De Haan struggled most. Shane Prince, a young forward I’ve defended at length elsewhere, was a negative again. He’s struggled to be the depth scoring option with serviceable possession rates that the Islanders thought they were acquiring at the deadline.
The Isles have drawn the Panthers as their first round matchup. Florida isn’t unbeatable, in fact, it’s probably a fortunate matchup for NY. But the Isles have struggled on the puck of late and it’s not hard to imagine Florida handling them with some ease in the first round.