Forwards: Adam Henrique, Mattias Tedenby, and Cam Janssen were the only forwards not to generate a shot attempt. Of course, Henrique and Janssen scored a goal, and Tedenby had a decent game buzzing about in the offensive zone. So, collectively, everyone contributed in some ways, which was nice to see. Passing-wise, Henrique saw more action in the defensive zone and Tedenby did to a lesser extent.
Damien Brunner turned up in all three zones again. He’s been getting more involved recently and generated a shot attempt as well. Michael Ryder was a bit more active than Brunner and generated two shot attempts. Travis Zajac was efficient as always, as was Dainius Zubrus.
Andrei Loktionov went 5 of 6 in the offensive zone and generated 2 shot attempts. Jaromir Jagr was active in all three zones as usual, especially in the neutral zone going 5 of 6, and generated 4 shot attempts in the offensive zone. Even Ryan Carter and Stephen Gionta passed well and generated shot attempts.
Oh, and Cam Janssen completed a pass! One pass, one goal. Great job, Cam.
Defense: Overall, a strong effort with very few incomplete passes (only 11). Eric Gelinas had an odd stat line of 8 of 8, but left in the 3rd period before attempting another pass. He has been very good, so let’s hope he returns quickly. Marek Zidlicky went 14 or 17 in the defensive zone and completed 3 of 3 passes in the neutral zone, generating a shot attempt. Adam Larsson generated two shot attempts and was his usual efficient self.
Anton Volchenkov played a very good time except for two turnovers (see Zone exits). Peter Harrold was okay as he usually is, but was the least efficient passer of the group. Andy Greene had a few passes become turnovers, but otherwise was effective. Again, overall, the group played a good 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.
Zone Exit Stats Forwards: Tedenby was very active in this game, both completing (9) and attempting (12) the most zone exits of the forwards. He was 75% successful overall, but, unfortunately, only maintained possession 17% of the time. Zajac went 8 for 8 on exit attempts, but a large chunk of those came towards the end of the game as I saw him repeatedly chip the puck out of the zone, so his possession rate was higher when the game was closer. Zubrus finished at 100% overall and 80% possession percentage, the highest on the team.
Brunner (50%), Ryder (67%), Loki (50%), Jagr (63%) and…Janssen (67%) all finished above at 50% or higher for possession percentage. Henrique (43%) was close and was successful on 6 of 7 zone exit attempts.
Overall, the zone exits were good (89% among forwards), and possession wasn’t terrible (44%).
Defense: Larsson finished with the highest possession rate, but attempted only 6 zone exits. Greene (54%) and Volchenkov (50%) attempted 13 and 14 exits respectively and finished over 50%. Greene’s success rate was 2nd lowest, but his possession rate was 2nd highest. A mixed bag for Greene, as he had 3 turnovers and an icing. Volchenkov had 2 turnovers and an icing. Gelinas was rather quiet, only 3 attempts. Harrold’s possession rate was a feeble 22%, while Zidlicky had the highest success rate, but only maintained possession 30% of the time. Zone Exits: 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 Exits:
(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 the cumulative data.
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