The 30 shot attempts generated by the forwards is the third highest total this season. It was a very well-played and game that was, at times, dominated as the forwards spent shift after shift in the Toronto zone. The usual suspects, Jaromir Jagr, Andrei Loktionov, Dainius Zubrus, and Travis Zajac all passed and generated attempts at a ridiculous pace. Steve Bernier continues to generate shots and pass well in the offensive zone. He's produced very well having been put alongside Zajac on the third line. When Elias comes back, I'd like to see Zubrus with them and see what they could do.
Damien Brunner didn't generate a shot, but he completed all of his passes in the offensive zone. Mattias Tedenby started quickly, but failed to make more of a impact as the game went on. He took a bad penalty early on that stunted the Devils domination early on, but I've been encouraged by his play as of late. Michael Ryder was the most efficient Devil in the defensive zone. Stephen Gionta and Ryan Carter nearly produced a great goal. Cam Janssen did not score, nor did he attempt a pass. But, he's a great locker room guy, so...why is Josefson sitting again?
Anton Volchenkov continues his solid play over the last several games, making smart passes and playing conservative hockey. He was the only defenseman not to create a shot attempt, but if he does create offense, I feel it's more of a bonus anyways. Adam Larsson led the group with shot attempts created for the second game in a row. Perhaps he's turning a corner and asserting himself consistently? It's good to see.
Peter Harrold rebounded from a poor first period to not be as poor. Andy Greene and Marek Zidlicky were consistent as we expect them to be. Eric Gelinas didn't register as much on the scoresheet so I wonder if the foot limited him somewhat.
The defensemen attempt quite a high number of passes in the offensive zone as I saw all but Volchenkov drive low and dish off at least once. I liked that very much as it makes the offense less predictable than waiting at the point for a shot.
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.