By now you've all probably seen the first couple posts from Ryan regarding the zone exits for the first of the Devils' odd numbered games this season. My name is Nick, and I will be tracking zone exits for all even numbered games this season.
Due to my work schedule I probably won't be able to post games immediately after they happen, but will probably get around to them within a week, so with that said, below are the stats for New Jersey's home opener against the Islanders.
Zone exit types are broken up into three main categories: successful exits with possession, successful exits that result in a turnover in the neutral zone and failed exits that result in a turnover in the defensive zone. Exiting the defensive zone successfully with possession is obviously the ideal scenario, and is covered by the acronyms C (Carry Success) and P (Pass Success). In the chart below the total of these scenarios are called "Total Succ.".
Exiting the defensive zone successfully but without solid control of the puck, often resulting in a neutral zone turnover, is delegated by the acronyms CH (Chip), FC (Failed Carry), FP (Failed Pass) and X (Misc.). These scenarios are summed up in the "Total Clear" column in the chart below.
Zone clear attempts that result with a turnover inside the defensive zone are the worst outcome, and are dictated by the acronyms CT (Carry Turnover), PT (Pass Turnover) and T (Turnover) and are summed up in the "Total Turn." column. Additionally, note that I consider an Icing (I) a turnover as well.
C = Carry Success / P = Pass Success / CH = Chip / FC = Failed Carry / FP = Failed Pass / X = Misc. / I = Icing / CT = Carry Turnover / PT = Pass Turnover / T = Turnover
Without further ado:
Let's take note of several things:
-As a team, the Devils left the defensive zone with possession 54% of the time.
-The Devils committed a defensive zone turnover while attempting a zone exit 15% of the time.
-The remainder of the Devils' attempted exits (31%) resulted in a loss of possession in the neutral zone.
-Marek Zidlicky had a good game in terms of defensive zone exits: 64% of Zidlicky's exits resulted in successful possession in the neutral zone, while he avoided turning the puck over on a zone exit.
-Adam Larsson had a curiously low total of attempted zone exits. He was 2/2, both times passing the puck out of the zone for possession.
-Peter Harrold showed good and bad in terms of zone exits. He was at a 55% success rate, with an impressive four carries, however he had five total turnovers, including two icings, for a 45% turnover rate (worst among defensemen).
-Surprisingly, Bryce Salvador and Anton Volchenkov didn't turn the puck over in the defensive zone on an attempted exit. Volchenkov also posted an astounding five successful pass attempts compared to one chip, however I believe several of these pass attempts came during line changes for the Islanders.
-Generally speaking I think zone exits are less insightful for forwards than defenseman, with many of the successful carries for forwards coming off good breakout passes from defensemen.
-Nevertheless, we can see that Ryane Clowe had four turnovers while Adam Henrique had three turnovers on exit attempts. For Clowe, three of these turnovers came on failed chip outs along the half boards while one came on an icing, for a 36% turnover rate. However, in the case of Adam Henrique, all of his turnovers came on failed pass attempts.
-Andrei Loktionov was 5/5 at exiting the zone, choosing to carry the puck each time. This definitely fits with the profile I had of him as a player, and I hope to continue to see this type of play.
-Jaromir Jagr had a rough game in terms of zone exits. He was only 25% successful in getting the puck out with possession. While Jagr is good at digging the puck out along the boards, he is sometimes slow to react to the defenseman and wingers pressuring him along the half boards towards the point.