Forwards: Dainius Zubrus continued good work in the offensive zone, completing all of passes and generating 4 shot attempts. Unfortunately, that’s about where the good work ends for the forwards in the Flyers zone. There were some puck movers, sure—Jagr and Loki each completed 6 passes, Henrique was 4 for 4, and Josefson was even 4 of 6—but between all of them they only generated 4 shot attempts, with Josefson accounting for two of those.
Bernier generated two more shot attempts. If he only had some decent line mates. Tedenby completed all 5 of his passes tonight and generated a shot attempt. Perhaps there’s hope for some of the Swedes after all? Meh, who knows. Overall, the team was not effective at generating shot attempts (another surprise), but the Swedes played a decent game.
Defense: Collectively, the percentages were way down, not in any way thanks to Volchenkov’s 4 completions out of 10 attempts. Ghastly. Zidlicky was the most efficient in his own zone, going 13 of 16 (81%). Gelinas attempted the most passes in the defensive zone and he had the 2nd highest D-zone % behind Zidlicky (76%). Larsson, Fayne, and Greene, had less than stellar nights, all three completing between 66 and 69% of their passes in the defensive zone. Offensively, Zid, Greene, and Volchenkov each generated a shot attempt, but that was it for the group. Not a pretty display.
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 above 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.
Forwards: Surprisingly, Stephen Gionta was the most active in zone exits among forwards against the Flyers. He had 3 more attempts than any other Devils forward, finishing at 71% overall and a possession rate of 43%. Not great, as he had half of the pass turnovers of the entire forward group. If Gionta is the most active of Devils forwards in the defensive zone, good things typically won’t happen. The other CBGB members were their typical opposites: Ryan Carter was the worst forward based on these metrics, and Steve Bernier continued to do well (66% possession).
Adam Henrique and Andrei Loktionov were 100% overall and in possession. Jaromir Jagr and Jacob Josefson were the next highest forwards at 75% possession exits percentage. Damien Brunner, Michael Ryder, Rostislav Olesz, and the aforementioned Carter all finished at 0%. Granted, the sample size for individual games is usually only a handful of exit attempts, but 0% is 0%.
Mattias Tedenby was 100% overall for exits and 25% for possession. He seems to be doing slightly better in this department. We’ll see how it goes for the next few games to see if he’s generally improving, or if this is just a one-off.
Defense: This isn’t anything that will blow your mind, but the Devils defensemen were not very good at exiting the zone against the Flyers. Adam Larsson was the most successful of the group at overall exits, and he was just about tied with Marek Zidlicky and Andy Greene in terms of possession exits (33%). Every defenseman except for Zidlicky iced the puck. The defenseman as a whole committed 12 turnovers. Eric Gelinas was the least successful overall, and Anton Volchenkov failed to maintain possession on every zone exit attempt.
Zone Exit Stats: 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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