There was one game in the NHL last night. The Penguins and Lightning opened their Eastern Conference Final series.
There was a lot to take in.
It looked like Kris Letang was lost long-term after Ryan Callahan boarded the Penguins defender into the end boards. Somehow, and perhaps forsaking reason, Letang returned to play. Twitter reacted with its usual wit:
Especially given his history, here’s hoping Letang truly is okay.
And, Ben Bishop suffered a painful looking leg injury in the first. He didn’t return and the eye test suggests he’s done for the playoffs. X-rays were negative but there’s nothing conclusive on Bishop yet…
This is already an emotionally charged series and we’ve only watched three periods.
Here’s the usual explainer:
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 chart:
First off, the game chart is not in its usual format. WOI didn’t have a fully updated game file by this morning. Instead, we’re looking at data provided by Hockey Stats. The data does not have score-adjustment nor iCF data or TOI. Instead, player bars are coloured by their offensive zone start percentage.
Hedman was the game’s best last night, despite some heavy usage – his red bar indicates that he had most non-Ozone shift starts. Dumoulin was strong for the Penguins, which is becoming a theme. Rust was good too – not a theme.
At the other end of the chart, Garrison, Sustr, and Callahan were worst. Crosby and Drouin also finished as minuses, which is uncommon for both.
Going forward, the hope is that WOI will continue to provide the usual game files. If not, expect further tweaks as I switch data sources.
Lightning lead series 1-0.