There were two games in two different rounds on Wednesday night. In a true oddity of scheduling, the Isles upended the Lightning in round two before the Preds dumped the Ducks in game seven of round one.
Here’s a look at how last night’s games played out in 5v5 Corsi differential.
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 games.
Despite the loss, the Bolts dominated the puck at 5v5. Palat, Hedman, and Kucherov were particularly strong, managing 9, 7, and 7 iCF respectively. If they keep their play at this level, they’ll be tough to handle in this series.
At the other end, Tavares, Boychuk, and Okposo were worst at 5v5. Each was just beyond -10 Corsi differential, which is the line in the sand between “nothing to worry about” and “fairly poor performance.”
Prince finished in the negatives too but it’s easy to imagine Isles fans forgiving him for that this morning.
Ryan Getzlaf went down fighting, leading the Corsi differential battle and posting 7 iCF. The Ducks were all over the top of this game chart but couldn’t find the goal they needed to push this game into overtime.
Jackman and Smith posted reasonable Corsi +/- totals in the win.
At the opposite end, Sissons, Gaustad, and Josi struggled most.
Predators vs Ducks series Corsi differential
*click here for the larger image and interactive tool.
While there’s lots to see here, the most interesting name is Ryan Johansen in fourth spot overall. After being dragged through the mud for his questionable intangibles levels and puck possession play, he was very good in this series.
Tortorella’s doghouse couldn’t be any further in his rearview mirror.