June 07 2011 08:42PM
It's time to take a look at how each individual Leaf did at producing and limiting scoring chances while the team was down a man. The Leafs saw a modest improvement with their penalty kill in the 2010-11 season.
May 30 2011 09:21AM
Several weeks ago, I provided a look at the Maple Leafs' Even Strength Scoring Chances, by player, over the 2010-11 season. Now it's time to get back on the horse and provide a look at special teams, an aspect of the game that the Leafs have struggled with for the past few years. Today we'll look at the scoring chances produced during 5-on-4 and 4-on-3 power plays, while each player was on the ice, from this past season.
May 08 2011 07:45PM
How many scoring chances did the Leafs produce per 60 minutes of Even Strength icetime while Mikhail Grabovski was on the ice? How many did the whole team produce/give up on average? Which players had the highest rate of Chances Against per 60 minutes? How did Keith Aulie progress throughout the season (you can find that out right at the very end of this post)? Which goalie was provided with the best support? How awesome is Matt Frattin? :D
Those questions will be answered within this post, as I finally present the scoring chances data for individual Toronto Maple Leafs' players during the game's most frequent state: Even Strength.
There will be more posts to come eventually, including stats for special teams and types of scoring chances, but the EV (or ES, whichever abbreviation you prefer) breakdown is the main thing I've been looking forward to since I started my 2nd year of tracking scoring chances in each Leafs game back in October.
This data is through all 82 games of the 2010-11 season. All but two games were scored by myself. Game #10 versus the Rangers was recorded exclusively by George Ays, and game #15, with the Panthers as opponents, was recorded by Derek Zona. Their data is included in the year-end totals. (Game-By-Game Results can be viewed at Under the Helmet of Slava Duris, complete with links to each game)
April 21 2011 03:02PM
Pictured above are two of the Leafs' leading scoring chance takers from the 2010-11 season, Phil Kessel (most taken on the team) and Nikolai Kulemin (3rd most). Kulemin had the best shooting percentage on scoring chances out of all Leaf players with at least 50 chances.
Click "Read Article" to view the Chances Taken data for all the Toronto Maple Leafs' players from this past season.
April 10 2011 06:08PM
Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 21217
The season closer wasn't the greatest of endings, but, with nothing left to play for, I don't think the Leafs' players viewed it as much more than one last skate-around before the spring/summer break. Overall play was very sloppy, as the Leafs gave up 11 high-quality scoring chances, including 4 breakaways and a 2-on-1 (and these just include the plays were the Habs managed a shot, of course). Toronto also had an absolutely atrocious night with the man advantage, as their PP was outchanced 5-1. Outside of the special teams, the Leafs were -3 at even-strength (13-16).
On the plus side, Matt Frattin made a decent impression in his first game, garnering 4 scoring chances of his own (the most on the team) and ended up with an impressive +6 rating at EV (8-2). He played on a line with Bozak (+5) and Kadri (+6). Joe Colborne had a tougher time, but the big centre certainly showed potential IMO. His line (Kessel and Lupul on his wings) only had 2 offensive zone faceoffs to Frattin's 9, so that likely affected their numbers.