There was one game in the NHL last night. The Sharks tore apart the Predators, winning 5-0 and sending the Preds home for the summer. This game was an elimination game, which means we’ll have a series Corsi differential chart to dig into as well.
Though the Preds valiantly pushed this series to seven games, the Sharks are rolling and bent on banishing past post-season demons.
So far, so good.
Before the charts, here’s how to read 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.
On to the game…
Arvidsson was the game’s best, capping a very respectable puck possession season for the Preds forward. Ekholm, Ellis, and Johansen (hey, Torts!) finished at the top as well. For the Sharks, Thornton, Donskoi, and Braun posted the best Corsi differentials.
At the other end, Karlsson, Tierney, and Ward were the game’s worst. However, they finished around – 8 in Corsi +/-, which isn’t severely bad. Overall, the possession battle was close in this one.
Somehow, James Neal managed 12 iCF and a negative Corsi differential. That’s pretty mind-boggling.
Sharks win series 4-3.
Sharks vs Predators Series Corsi Differential
*click for a larger view here.
Braun and Vlasic have been excellent so far in the playoffs, easily controlling shots while on the ice. Donskoi was the series’ best. For the Predators, Arvidsson was great and Bitetto mustered a very positive effort over the course of the series.
Ryan Johansen, released from the Tortorellian doghouse, finished the series as a positive. Seth Jones is a great up-and-coming defender but Johansen was a great grab for the Preds.
At the other end, Karlsson, Tierney, and Martin (?!) were the series’ worst in terms of shots differential. Burns had a slow second round too.
On to round 3 for the teal fish.