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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Even-strength effectiveness

Here's a comparison of Detroit and Dallas individual players in this post-season, looking at the number of goals for which they're on the ice per 60 minutes of ice time ...

DETROIT
Forwards (ranked by GF/60)
Player, GF-GA, GF/60-GA/60
Datsyuk
11-4, 4.5-1.6
Samuelsson
9-4, 4.3-1.9
Zetterberg
10-3, 4.0-1.2
Filppula
9-3, 3.8-1.3
Franzen
8-2, 3.6-0.9
Holmstrom
7-4, 3.4-2.0
Hudler
5-7, 3.4-4.7
Detroit
25-15, 3.2-1.9
Hartigan
1-1, 2.9-2.9
Draper
5-8, 2.5-4.0
Cleary
5-3, 2.4-1.5
McCarty
2-2, 1.9-1.9
Drake
2-3, 1.3-2.0
Helm
1-2, 1.3-2.5

DETROIT
Defensemen (ranked by GA/60)
Player, GF-GA, GF/60-GA/60
Rafalski
10-4, 3.3-1.3
Stuart
6-4, 2.3-1.5
Lidstrom
9-5, 3.1-1.7
Kronwall
9-5, 3.1-1.7
Detroit
25-15, 3.2-1.9
Lebda
5-3, 3.5-2.1
Chelios
6-5, 4.0-3.4
Lilja
5-4, 4.8-3.8


DALLAS
Forwards (ranked by GF/60)
Player, GF-GA, GF/60-GA/60
Richards
9-6, 2.6-1.7
Eriksson
8-7, 2.4-2.1
Morrow
8-3, 2.3-0.9
Lehtinen
7-3, 2.3-1.0
Hagman
5-3, 2.2-1.4
Ribeiro
7-3, 2.0-0.9
Dallas
20-15, 1.9-1.4
Lundqvist
4-4, 1.5-1.5
Barnes
3-2, 1.5-1.0
Ott
3-5, 1.5-2.5
Miettinen
2-3, 1.5-2.2
Modano
3-6, 1.0-2.1
Petersen
0-2, 0.0-2.1

DALLAS
Defensemen (ranked by GA/60)
Player, GF-GA, GF/60-GA/60
Grossman
5-2, 1.5-0.6
Robidas
6-3, 1.6-0.8
Fistric
2-2, 1.2-1.2
Boucher
1-1, 1.3-1.3
Dallas
20-15, 1.9-1.4
Norstrom
10-6, 2.7-1.6
Zubov
3-3, 1.6-1.6
Daley
7-6, 2.2-1.9
Niskanen
6-7, 2.4-2.7

Of note ... Mikael Samuelsson draws a lot of criticism, but good things happen when he's on the ice. His defensive game is underrated.
Mike Modano has become a power-play specialist. His even-strength numbers haven't been good in the playoffs.
Brad Richards is the opposite of Modano -- effective at even-strength but not on the power play.
Detroit's top line of Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Holmstrom is remarkable.
Brad Stuart's numbers support that the Red Wings solidified their top-four blue-liners with his addition.
Dallas' top line of Ribeiro-Morrow-Lehtinen is less scary at even strength than on the power play.
Norstrom and Niskanen have been the Stars' top offensive defensemen (Zubov should rater there soon as well), but their defensive numbers have been below par.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Ryan said...

Great post and stats. The Red Wing numbers are mostly what I expected (completely agree about Samuelsson, by the way). But I didn't know Dallas' second line was so average/poor defensively. Also strange to see Norstrom be on the ice for the highest rate of even-strength goal scoring. Pretty good for a guy who's averaged just under 15 points per 82 games over his career.

May 8, 2008 at 7:29 AM 
Blogger Simply Agrestic said...

Dallas fan here; Norstrom has taken a lot of heat in Dallas for his defensive lapses, but he's a solid defensive defensemen who gets a lot of time against other team's #1 or #2 lines. He's had a very good playoffs so far. Niskanen was a healthy scratch the last two games against the Sharks; he slipped a little, which is expected for a college kid during his first pro season.

As far as the Stars' "second line" having average numbers -- that's more reflective of the fact that there really is no set 2nd line. Tippett loves to change up his lines between (and during games); the second line is pretty much Brad Richards with whoever Tip decides to put on his wings.

Y'all ready for a good series? My wife (a Wings fan) and I already have the trash-talking going! Hey if y'all want to come visit a (civil) Stars' blog, check out stars.beloblog.com

-Chris from Kzoo (in Novi)

May 8, 2008 at 12:07 PM 

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