Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Looking for defensive deficiency

I pulled a stat from Behind The Net with regards to Alex Ovechkin's defensive play a few days ago, and it was something that quite a few Capitals sources around the 'net picked up on.

Essentially, at even strength, Washington is far better off in terms of goals allowed with Ovechkin off the ice than on it — so much so that the team's goals-against average drops from 4.03 to 2.59.

It's a pretty big dip, but the biggest?

Not quite.

Here's a look at the leaders in that stat, among players who have skated in at least 15 per cent of their teams' even strength minutes:


On-Ice Off-Ice





Rk
Name Team
GP


GA



GA











GA dif

1 PROSPAL T.B
75


3.88



2.20


-1.68


2 ZUBRUS WSH
60


4.27



2.68


-1.59


3 ZHERDEV CBJ
63


3.69



2.16


-1.53


4 OVECHKIN WSH
75


4.03



2.59


-1.44


5 MORRISON VAN
74


3.24



1.88


-1.36


6 EMINGER WSH
63


4.04



2.69


-1.35


7 STUART BOS
60


4.06



2.71


-1.35


8 MESZAROS OTT
75


3.22



1.88


-1.34


9 LECAVALIER T.B
75


3.65



2.33


-1.32


10 HIGGINS MTL
54


3.86



2.57


-1.29


11 VERMETTE OTT
70


3.30



2.03


-1.27


12 NUMMELIN MIN
49


3.23



1.97


-1.26


13 REDDEN OTT
58


3.24



2.00


-1.24


14 KOIVU MTL
74


3.71



2.51


-1.2


15 CALDER PHI
59


4.69



3.49


-1.2


16 TANGUAY CGY
73


3.04



1.85


-1.19


17 MAYERS STL
72


3.36



2.25


-1.11


18 BERGERON BOS
69


3.88



2.81


-1.07


19 AUCOIN CHI
53


3.56



2.51


-1.05


20 PRUCHA NYR
73


3.05



2.01


-1.04




It should be noted, however, that a few of these players are just as responsible for creating more offence than their teammates. Ovechkin, Lecavalier and Tanguay are all in the Top 25 players in the league in terms of improved goals for when they're on the ice as opposed to off.

Still, others here like Zherdev, Morrison, Meszaros, Nummelin, Calder, Mayers and Aucoin are at the bottom of both categories — bringing up the goals against average and down the goals for average when they take the ice.

And that's not a good place to be.

(On the flip side of the figures on the above chart, the top players in terms of improving their team's goals-against average when they take the ice are: Alex Perezhogin, Nikita Alexeev, Boyd Gordon, Scott Nichol, Tom Preissing, Peter Forsberg, Chuck Kobasew, Carlo Colaiacovo, Georges Laraque and Patrick Thoresen.)

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12 Comments:

At 7:47 AM, April 04, 2007, Blogger Julian said...

You should probably mention something about how difficult the minutes are that those players play. And the Sv% of the goalie they play infront of.

For example, Stuart and Eminger both have the same GA average, but if one plays against the others best players and the other is sheltered, they contribute in different ways to their teams. Or don't contribute, as it may be.

 
At 8:45 AM, April 04, 2007, Blogger Jason said...

Carlo Colaiacovo is a beast.

 
At 9:30 AM, April 04, 2007, Blogger Paul said...

Ovechkin isn't bad defensively, he was just being pulled down by Zubrus! Yeah, that's the ticket.

 
At 9:47 AM, April 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we still play Zherdev because......

 
At 10:17 AM, April 04, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

I have always said that Redden sucks. Validation!

 
At 10:43 AM, April 04, 2007, Blogger Hockey Amor said...

Boyd Gordon will win the Selke one day. Ovie won't.

 
At 12:10 PM, April 04, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

You should probably mention something about how difficult the minutes are that those players play. And the Sv% of the goalie they play infront of.

Sigh... all that info's available (or, heck, most of us know that off the top of our heads).

The funny thing is that, whenever you post a statistic, all everyone else wants to see is a related metric. By all means, make your own charts.

 
At 12:37 PM, April 04, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

Just to pile on, I think a change in goal-differential might be informative. In fact, I wager that Joffrey Lupul might show up in that Bottom 20.

 
At 1:10 PM, April 04, 2007, Anonymous Rachael said...

PPP - as we found out last week Redden's been playing with a groin injury all year..add that to the fact that his D partner is Meszaros and it explains his presence on this list.

 
At 3:09 PM, April 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just needs to have the GF stats posted right beside it!

 
At 6:16 PM, April 04, 2007, Blogger ninja said...

height, weight, hair color, and nationality would really help give a clearer picture. just my .02

 
At 7:55 PM, April 04, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

Ninja, all of that is useless if it can't be broken down by length of game day nap and type of game day meal.

 

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