Monday, November 2, 2015

Statisfaction: Toronto's Special Teams Atrocious, Sabres' Possession Vastly Improved

Each day (ideally) at Statisfaction, we'll throw five stats at the wall to see if they stick. Here's today's five on the fly:

1. Sabres Controlling the Play Much Better

Buffalo's even strength Corsi For % was an NHL-bottom 37.5 last season. This season? The Sabres are a very respectable 7th, at 52.2. Currently the Blues are the NHL's best Corsi team at even strength (56.3), while Colorado is the worst (40.8). Source: War-on-Ice

Note: Corsi%: The percentage of on-ice shot attempts (on goal, missed, or blocked) taken by the player's team; also known as CF%

2. Special Teams a Bust in Toronto

The Toronto Maple Leafs are killing themselves with penalties and killing themselves with their weak pp. The Leafs have the league's biggest discrepancy between penalty kills and power plays. They've had to kill 38 penalties (3.8 per game) and they've only been on the power play 27 times (2.7 per game). The 1.1 differential per game is the league's biggest. The Flyers (1) are next worst.

Add to that the Toronto has only mustered a measly 2 power play goals and you know what it spells. Toronto has the NHL's worst power play efficiency at 7.4%, as well as the NHL's third-worst penalty kill (73.7%).

3. Rookie Snipers:

Arizona's Anthony Duclair has 5 goals on 12 shots for a 41.7 shooting percentage. Jared McCann has five goals on 16 shots for 31.3. Winnipeg's Nikolaj Ehlers leads all rookies with 43 shots on net (Eichel is next with 42).

4. Points Per 60 leaders, top 5, min 80 mins ice time (Credit: War-on-Ice)

We like the per 60-minute break down because it gives us a chance to see which players are doing the most with their ice time. Obviously power play time is a lot different than even strength, so we looked at both.

All Situations, Points per 60 mins

1. Krejci, Bos 4.65
2. Benn, Dal 4.55
3. Kuznetsov, Wash 4.35
4. Jagr, Fla 4.33
5. Seguin, Dal 4.32

Points Per 60 leaders, (sans PP)

1. Stone, Ott, 4.65
2. Hoffman, Ott, 4.33
3. Ovechkin, Wash, 4.23
4. Hanzal, Ari, 4.19
5. Desharnais, Mon, 4.07

5. Lowest Save PCT, Shorthanded, minimum 20 PK minutes:

Interesting stat here that I was curious about, so looked it up on War-on-Ice. Wanted to see which goalies had the lowest and highest save percentages while their teams were shorthanded. Of course, so much of this has to do with how good the penalty kill of that goalies' team is, but, as the saying goes, your goalie is your most important penalty killer.

I found that in limited action Jaroslav Halak is the only NHL goalie to have yet to allow a PP goal (he's stopped all 16 shots he's faced and the Islanders have the NHL's best PK), but was also interested to know that Tuukka Rask was only stopping pucks at a .727 clip while the B's were shorthanded. Here are the five worst goalies on the PK this season, so far (far right column is their save pct):