In this week's scoring chance update, we will look at the two disappointing games the Devils played in Florida over the past weekend. The numbers are interesting; two very different games, for sure. I was personally a little surprised by the results of the Florida game in several ways. The Tampa Bay game, not as much. In case you would like a review of our scoring chance methodolgy, please glance at my first post from several weeks ago.
3.29.13 Devils at Tampa Bay
Overall, there were just a ton of scoring chances in this game. The results were almost even, but the Devils came out a little bit behind, much like in the outcome of the game. There was one shocker in this game - like him or not, leading the way for the Devils in even strength scoring chances for was Bryce Salvador (+7/-4 +3). The Elias-Zajac-Clarkson line all fared poorly. They (I think) saw a lot of the Stamkos line. All 3 Devils finished (+3/-6 -3) on the night. Getting crushed on defense this game were Peter Harrold (+2/-8 -6) and Anton Volchenkov (+2/-6 -4). You'll notice the Devils faced a lot of pressure from the Tampa Bay power play in this game as well. Here are your charts:
3.3.13 Devils at Florida
This game had a much different feel from the Tampa Bay game, and that was reflected both in the score of the game, and the low number of scoring chances compiled by both teams. One thing I was surprised by was that the chance results at even strength came out dead even for regulation (Florida's winning goal put them up by 1 overall). This is in contrast to the Devils getting crushed in both shots and attempts. I guess the Devils at least managed (for the most part) to keep Florida to shots and attempts from outside the dangerous area. With the overall number of even strength chances being so low (5-6), most players were roughly even, except for two that stood out in a bad way. Travis Zajac was on the ice for all 6 ES chances against, while only accounting for 1 chance for (+1/-6 -5). David Clarkson was also on the ice for the majority of the Florida chances (+3/-5 -2). Here are your charts for this one:
So, that will wrap up the scoring chance recap for this week. I'm very interested in what you might think about these numbers. Are you surprised by anything? Do you think in general the chances were reflective of the overall flow of the game? Thanks, as always, for reading.