Jaromir Jagr generated 7 shot attempts and was a force in both the neutral and offensive zone. Travis Zajac had another strong game next to him, completing 8 of 10 passes in the offensive zone and generating 4 shot attempts. Adam Henrique, Michael Ryder, and Steve Bernier all generated 3 shot attempts. Jacob Josefson rounded out the chance creation with 2 shot attempts generated. The other forwards failed to generate anything via passing, but doesn’t mean they had poor games. Someone has to take the shots. Dainius Zubrus had an efficient game, completing multiple passes in all three zones. Andrei Loktionov had another quiet game. And Cam Janssen complete two more passes!
Adam Larsson did not attempt many passes at all in the defensive zone after going 20 of 21 in the previous game against Nashville. Just goes to show how different each game can unfold. He did, however, complete 3 passes in the offensive zone and generated 3 shot attempts, the most on the team. Marek Zidlicky was the most accurate in all three zones for the defensemen. Andy Greene and Peter Harrold had the lowest accuracy in their own zones, but weren’t atrocious.
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.
Zone Exit Stats:
Adam Henrique and Mattias Tedenby were the only Devils to finish at 50% or higher, with Henrique finishing at 80%. Michael Ryder had a rough game, attempt 6 exits, 5 of which were successful, but lost possession each time. Steve Bernier, Andrei, Loktionov, and Damien Brunner all finished at 0% too. Dainius Zubrus and Ryan Carter attempted the most exits and were successful on each attempt, but the two finished at 43% and 38% possession respectively. It was a rough night against an aggressive team.
If you didn’t watch the game, you’d know the Rangers were in our zone pressing hard. The group collectively exited with possession 33% of the time, a huge come-down from the Predators game. Andy Greene still found a way to have an efficient game, completing 80% overall and 50% maintaining possession. Marek Zidlicky was the next best in terms of possession (47%), but he had 4 turnovers. 9 of Adam Larsson’s 14 attempts were chips, lowering his possession rate to 21%. Eric Gelinas had another rough outing, committing 3 turnovers and finishing with a 38% possession rate. Of course, in terms of poor possession, Peter Harrold stands out at 60% overall success and 10% possession. Anton Volchenkov wasn’t much better, but he had a small sample size due to the injury.
Zone Exits Explained: Any attempt made by a player to advance the puck from their defensive zone. These actions fall into the below categories (as illustrated on the below chart).
(P) Pass: When a player passes the puck out of the zone and it successfully finds a teammate.
(C) Carry: When a player skates with the puck out of the zone, maintaining possession.
Successful Zone Exits without Possession:
(FP) Failed Pass: When a player passes the puck out of the zone, but it fails to find its target.
(FC) Failed Carry: When a player skates with the puck out of the zone, but loses possession shortly thereafter.
(CH) Chip: When the player lifts the puck out of the zone or throws it off the boards and out.
(X) Other: Any action that results in a successful zone exit not already covered.
Unsuccessful Zone Exit:
(PT) Pass Turnover: When a player fails to clear the zone with a pass and it results in a turnover to the opposition.
(CT) Carry Turnover: When a player fails to skate out of the zone with the puck and loses possession.
(I) Icing: An attempt to clear results in icing the puck.
(T) Turnover: Any action that results in a turnover not already covered.
Every 10 games or so, I’ll post a separate article looking at overall play up to that point.
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