So I definitely put off going on a first date to drink half a bottle of wine and watch this game (#thisiswhyimsingle), so I figure I might as well throw out some quick thoughts for everyone.
Lines and Pairings from last night, sorted by Corsi For %, also showing Offensive Zone Start % Rel (all score situations, 5v5)
- The Ruffle might have lost his shuffle, at least for the time being. Lindy likes to mix things up when things are going wrong, but with a pretty good defensive showing against NJ, the D pairs stayed the same last night. Possession wise, all pairs were much improved.
- Daley, in particular, had a good game, posting 50% Corsi and 2 blocked shots on the PK.
- His partner Jokipakka was not so lucky, with a turnover leading to a breakaway that would’ve been costly if Kari hadn’t been so goddamn clutch last night.
- Benn/Demers 5eva. This is their 5th game together, and they’re tops in CF% regardless of OZS%
- How good was Kari last night? SO GOOD. SO BEYOND GOOD.
- The chart again shows us that lines 2-4 were instrumental in keeping the puck away from the Canucks during 5v5 play.
- No, Hemsky’s Corsi For % is not wrong. I checked like, 8 times.
- This is the second game in a row with Travis Morin’s line coming out tops in the 5v5 possession charts. While Moen is healthy again, I think Ruff will elect to keep Morin in the lineup instead, especially since he seems like he can play with just about anyone.
- Side bar: His OZS% Rel against NJ was -14.8%, so I doubt Ruff has any intent of sheltering him. The man is 30, and an AHL MVP, he knows how to play both zones.
- THE MAN IS 30 AND AN AHL MVP AND THIS IS HIS SHOT AT THE NHL AND HE’S UFA AFTER THIS YEAR AND I MIGHT HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THIS
The Not Bad?
- Jamie & Tyler (and their 3rd linemate) again had poor corsi nights – but I don’t think that says much about their play. 5v5, the last time they had a positive OZS% Rel was against Detroit. Their line is being put out against the top guys in the defensive zone and basically told to create scoring chances.
- Side bar: This probably has a lot to do with the “decline” in JaBenn’s performance this year. He’s down 4% in OZS% Rel, and with Seguin, leading scorer in the NHL, at his side, they’re going to have targets on their backs all night, no matter who they play.
- 4 of 10 shots blocked were by Forwards, so “team responsibility” is sinking in. Two of those were by Roussel when we were down a man. Four for you, Rous, four for you.
The For Real Bad
- This is the shot over time chart from last night. The green square is the 7-8 minutes we held Vancouver shotless. The red squares are the 8-9 minute stretches they did the same thing to us. Everyone knows the 1st period was a shit show, but the 3rd period had a similar timeframe that really can’t happen when you’re only leading by 1.
- We took some stupid penalties last night, forcing our PK to come up big, especially in the 3rd
- All those breakaways where Kari had to come up big. We did a good job of keeping the puck 5v5, but when we didn’t have it, we gave up scoring chance after scoring chance.