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
I know than Ryan posted his version of zone exits for this game, however I'll also post mine. All told this wasn't a poor game for the Devils in terms of zone exits, and showed a marked improvement over the debacle that occurred in Vancouver.
-The Devils had a total of 88 zone exit attempts, with 45, or 51%, resulting in secured puck possession in the neutral zone.
-The Devils turned the puck over in the defensive zone on exit attempts 13 times, a 15% rate. Interestingly enough, their turnover rate was only slightly lower than the Vancouver game.
-Most of the defensemen looked pretty good, withe everyone except Anton Volchenkov posting a successful exit rate of 50% or higher.
-Speaking of Volchenkov, I'm sensing a trend developing: He only had one attempted clear this game, after having only four (which was 25% of the total of Marek Zidlicky) against Vancouver in Game 4.
-Adam Larsson logged a total of 10 attempted clears, a season high for the games I've tracked, with six resulting in secured possession in the neutral zone. The game was a bit bumpy for Larsson at times though, as he had two really bad pass turnovers in the defensive zone.
-Damien Brunner has a fairly rough games in terms of zone exits, managing to exit successfully only 25% of the time on eight attempts. He also had four clears that resulted in lost possession, as well as two defensive zone turnovers on attempted clears.
-Although he doesn't look terrible by today's numbers, I'm beginning to dislike how Ryane Clowe exits the zone. He often looks confused and slow with the puck. In this game he had six total attempts, with two successes (which were by no means impressive), three clears and one turnover.