The team was highly effective at passing in this game. They generated 14 shot attempts in the first period alone, which is a very good amount. The team ultimately finished with generating 27 altogether, slowing considerably.
Forwards: Damien Brunner was surprisingly efficient, completing all 8 of his passes in the offensive zone, generating 2 shot attempts as well. Dainius Zubrus, Patrik Elias, and Jaromir Jagr each attempted 10 passes in the offensive zone, completing 7, 8, and 9 passes respectively. Zubrus generated 2 shot attempts, while Elias and Jagr each generated 4.The top line of those two plus Andrei Loktionov continues to be a puck possession machine.
Defense: They were quite good in their defensive zone as no one finished under 75%. Mark Fayne had the highest percentage in all three zones. Fayne, Adam Larsson, and Marek Zidlicky each generated 2 shot attempts, with Larsson nearly equaling his season total of 3 in one game. He continues to look more confident each game. Surprisingly, Eric Gelinas was the only defenseman that failed to generate a shot attempt, but as a group it was a successful game.
Passing Data Explained
Pass: A reasonable and deliberate attempt to get the puck to a teammate which maintains possession or results in a shot attempt. This excludes zone clears, dump-ins, and anything that is akin to a desperate swipe at a loose puck. If a player passes a puck into space or off the boards, it finds a teammate, and it appears it was done deliberately, that shall be a pass. When in doubt, common sense will prevail.
What you see below is a chart illustrating pass completions, pass attempts, and pass percentages for each player in all three zones. A pass that goes across a zone or two will be marked as occurring in the zone it originates from.
Each completed pass that results in a shot taken by a teammate counts as one “shot attempt generated” or “SAG” in the chart below. This is tracked to attempt to determine which teammates are better at generating opportunities to shoot.
Every 10 games or so, I’ll post a separate article looking at cumulative totals, along with some other figures and percentages.
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