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
Ouch. There's not much more to say about the Devils' October 8th matchup in Vancouver. While the scoreboard indicated a close game, Vancouver owned the territorial play for a majority of the game, a fact which is richly shown in the defensive zone exit data below:
-The Devils had a total of 123 zone exit attempts, with a paltry 41, or 33%, resulting in secured puck possession in the neutral zone.
-New Jersey was scrambling in their own zone for a lot of this game, which is why their clear rate of 46% is awfully high compared to other games. Many of their zone exit attempts were disjointed tosses towards center ice (e.g., Andy Greene on Alexander Edler's game tying goal).
-The Devils turned the puck over in the defensive zone on exit attempts 25 times, a 20% rate.
-Marek Zidlicky was a busy man against Vancouver, logging 16 total exit events. Marek had a 50% success rate, 25% clear rate and 25% turnover rate. This was not the best game for our Czech regard, however it is important to consider that he was tasked with doing a lot of the heavy lifting in this game, compared to someone like...
-Anton Volchenkov, who only logged four total exit events. They were all successful passes, but once again I recall several of these occurring on regroups by the Canucks. In any case, it's obvious that Volchenkov's defensive partner is the one attempting to move the puck.
-Like Volchenkov, Bryce Salvador only logged five total exit events, none of which went for turnovers.
-Andy Greene had a rough game, with only three of his 11 exit attempts (27%) turning into successful neutral zone possession. Mark Fayne had an even rougher game, with only one of his seven exit attempts (14%) allowing for clean possession in the neutral zone.
-It's hard to single out anyone in the forward corps, as almost everyone was pretty bad, however it's especially telling that in eight attempts Ryane Clowe was not able to create one successful exit into the neutral zone.
-For some reason Michael Ryder had a very high total of exit events, with a total of 10. Only two of these managed to be successful.