OK so it’s only six games, but the main intention of this post is simply make you all aware that I have started tracking scoring chances for and against the Toronto Maple Leafs this year. I’m a bit late to the party – not everyone realized that Slava Duris was unable to do it this year – but I’m in the process of catching up on games, and as soon as I’m there, I’ll begin posting this information on a game-by-game basis, so stay tuned.
Below the jump is a chart that shows each player’s chances for (green), and against (red), in EV, PP, and PK game states. For reference, I’ve also thrown in their total TOI in each category to help make sense of which player is most productive/counterproductive in this regard.
A few quick notes on my tabulation strategies:
– In order for a chance to be counted, there has to be a shot on net, or a near miss. Scrambles in front of the net where the goalie winds up smother the rebound do not count.
– Blocked shots are excluded.
– The tallied results are for how many chances for and against that a given player was on the ice for, not just how many were taken or given up by that individual player.
– Here is the area in which a shot has to be taken in order to be counted:
So without further ado, here are the numbers:
So the only players in the EV negative column after six games were Schenn, Franson, Dupuis, Kulemin, Bozak, and Gustavsson. Of course, at this point, the Leafs were 4-1-1, and had just come off their first (albeit devastating) regulation loss to the Bruins (the only game that Gustavsson played in).
Looking at the team totals, the Leafs didn’t look like a team that was 4-1-1, but then, most statistical indicators (team Fenwick, goal differential, PDO, etc.) would tell you the same story.
When single-game numbers are posted, you’ll see the information tallied in a few different ways, but for now this’ll do.