Thursday, January 10, 2008

Separating the Sedins
Or: Why Henrik over Daniel?

Henrik Sedin is going to the NHL all-star game. His brother, Daniel, is staying home.

One wonders if the league flipped a coin on this one.

Here's an in-depth statistical comparison of the twins:

Career GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG SPCT PPG PPA GWG
Daniel 520 139 207 346 60 200 1091 12.7 55 75 27
Henrik 524 79 265 344 82 292 669 11.8 19 114 9

This season











Prjctd GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG SPCT PPG PPA GWG ATOI
Daniel 82 39 39 78 20 43 234 16.7 18 18 10 18:46
Henrik 82 14 68 82 25 51 129 10.6 4 27 4 18:59


One takes a lot of shots, and scores goals, and the other's a playmaker, just as they've always been. Here's a closer look at their statistics from Behind The Net:

5-on-5
NAME GP TOI/60 RATE Q.COMP PTS/60 GFON/60 GAON/60 GFOFF/60 GAOFF/60
Henrik
42 13.34 1.19 -0.06 2.46 3.00 1.71 1.88 1.78
Daniel
42 13.25 0.89 -0.06 2.16 2.70 1.62 2.01 1.83

5-on-4
NAME GP TOI/60 PTS/60 GFON/60 GFOFF/60
Henrik
42 4.04 4.59 6.71 4.59
Daniel
42 4.08 4.9 6.65 4.64

4-on-5
Less than 30 seconds a game each


I think it was a coin flip.

All kidding aside, these are really strong numbers overall. The only caveat is that players like Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows are picking up the really difficult minutes, with the Sedins and Markus Naslund getting relatively easy defensive assignments and no penalty killing time.
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7 Comments:

At 8:31 PM, January 10, 2008, Blogger Andrew Bucholtz said...

Yeah, pretty even stats: I'm surprised the league chose to take just one, as it's usually all or nothing with the Sedins. Also, I would have thought that Daniel's higher goals would get him in over Henrik, but perhaps the league realizes that someone has to pass the puck to the superstars. Henrik made Anson Carter and Taylor Pyatt productive offensively, so it will be interesting to see what he can do with an all-star cast. The Sedins may get easy minutes, but they also don't get very many minutes compared to other stars in the league: both are averaging around 18 minutes per game.

 
At 8:36 PM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares, Horcoff is better than Daniel...That's all that matters...ROTFLMAO

Yeah it's me, the guy from Columbus who doesn't know crap! This is so funny.

 
At 10:28 PM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would either Sedin be invited to an All-Star game? Nobody wants to watch the puck get knocked around the boards behind the net as in a table hockey game. The Sedins are like mailmen: We need 'em. They show up for productive work every day. But nobody gets out of their seats to watch them work.

 
At 12:32 AM, January 11, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Henrik can grow better facial hair, and therefore is the superior one of the two. This choice was very logical.

 
At 6:32 AM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Darren said...

This is pretty anecdotal, but I feel like Henrik is a little more confident and creative with the puck. He occasionally scores a highlight goal like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Iwj1OKqInU

In short, he has slightly more flare (though neither of them are exactly flashy) than Daniel.

 
At 12:13 PM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We know who was selected, but can anyone confirm which one will really attend?

 
At 12:45 PM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Keith said...

Well, if only one of them is going, then I suspect the West is pretty much going to be playing with 11 forwards. I would really like to see if either of those two could be productive long term without the other.

 

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