There were 3 games in the NHL last night. The Caps tightened their stranglehold, trouncing the Flyers. The Wild finally entered the playoffs, mustering a strong effort and a win. The Kings trudged their way to a victory as well, edging out the Sharks for the first time in the playoffs.
First, the note on reading the game 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 graphs…
Score effects. Score effects. Score effects.
Gagner led and a host of Flyers were among the best in Corsi differential. The Caps had a big lead and the Flyers were forced to play catch up. Gudas managed a game-high 6 iCF and continues to be a rock on the Philadelphia blue line.
At the other end, some highly unfamiliar names sunk to the bottom. Backstrom, Oshie, and Ovechkin were among the worst on this game chart.
There’s no stat for lacking class and last night felt like the end of the Flyers’ playoff run as fans imploded. A Capitals series win seems only a formality now.
Capitals lead 3-0.
Welcome to the 2015-16 playoffs, Minnesota Wild.
Despite an awful start, the Wild roared back and hammered down a win. Niederreiter was best for Minnesota (as usual) and Pominville and Haula finished in good spots as well. Brodin and Scandella posted positive Corsi differentials and that’s uncommon. Lots to enjoy for the Wild.
At the other end, some unfamiliar faces populate the bottom of the game chart. Spezza and Klingberg, typically strong Corsi differential performers, were the game’s worst. Neither is a good bet to do this again.
Stars led 2-1.
Though the Sharks started the series with a bang, the Kings won last night and are now right back in this series. Interestingly, the Sharks have dominated the puck battle and that continued last night. Burns, Pavelski, Thornton, Hertl, and Martin were the game’s best and many Sharks finished with strong Corsi +/-.
In the end, that didn’t matter.
After a great night last time out, Carter was the game’s worst at ~-10 Corsi differential. Lucic and Scuderi were nearby. Muzzin and Doughty were negatives despite 5 and 4 iCF respectively. The Kings are a dominant puck possession bunch but the Sharks are winning the puck battles in this series. At least so far.
Sharks lead 2-1.