Sunday, May 04, 2008

Another look at the Final Eight

Colorado and Montreal have been eliminated already, and the odds tell us the Rangers and Sharks could soon follow, but here's a bit of a different breakdown of the eight teams that made the second round of the postseason:

Ranked by size (no goaltenders)
Team Ht (in.)
Pit 73.79
SJ 73.70
Phi 73.14
NYR 73.14
Col 72.65
Mon 72.57
Dal 72.57
Det 72.00

Team Wt (lbs)
SJ 213.1
Pit 210.5
NYR 206.1
Col 204.6
Mon 203.5
Phi 202.6
Dal 199.4
Det 197.7

By nationality
Team Can USA Europe
Phi 60.9% 13.0% 26.1%
Col 48.0% 28.0% 24.0%
SJ 48.0% 24.0% 28.0%
Dal 45.5% 18.2% 36.4%
Pit 45.0% 30.0% 25.0%
Mon 43.5% 17.4% 39.1%
Det 36.4% 13.6% 50.0%
NYR 36.4% 27.3% 36.4%

The Red Wings are particularly interesting, especially if this team can win a championship with so much European content. Five of the NHL's top six scoring leaders are Czech, Swedish or Russian, although all four starting goaltenders of the teams either advanced or likely to are Canadian.

I'll have more of a statistical breakdown when this round's over.



At 10:19 a.m., May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting that for all the emphasis on big strong players, the lighter (possibly quicker skating?) teams are more likely to move on.

At 10:42 a.m., May 04, 2008, Anonymous Ryan said...

It'd be interesting to see these averages weighted by ice time. I imagine Detroit will be even shorter, lighter, and more European.

At 12:05 p.m., May 04, 2008, Blogger Tidor said...

It's worth keeping in mind that the Ducks were even taller, bigger, and more North American than the Red Wings are small, light, and European. More than one way to skin a cat, etc, etc.

At 1:50 p.m., May 04, 2008, Blogger itchit said...

Philly is easily the highest percentage Canadian? Thanks James for providing a silver lining to Montreal's elimination. It still hurts a little though. *sniff*

At 5:41 p.m., May 04, 2008, Anonymous b said...

It'd be handy to have a 'league average' row for all these stats


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