Monday, May 05, 2008

A look at RTSS stats

For about the last decade, the NHL has been keeping track of what it calls RTSS stats (Real-Time Scoring System), things like hits and blocked shots, giveaways and takeaways.

Brendan Morrow, for example, leads the league in hits for the postseason, and Montreal's Mike Komisarek is first in blocked shots. Alex Ovechkin, despite the fact he was eliminated in the first round, shares the lead in another category, missed shots, with the Sharks' Patrick Marleau.

Keeping in mind that the limitations of some of the RTSS stats have been well documented, I've put together a look at team figures for the numbers by adding up individual totals. Take them for what they're worth:

Team Hits H/G
DAL 419 34.9
PIT 310 34.4
PHI 318 26.5
DET 212 21.2

Team BkS Bk/G
PHI 249 20.8
PIT 140 15.6
DAL 159 13.3
DET 87 8.7

Team MsS Ms/G
DAL 118 9.8
PIT 98 10.9
PHI 144 12.0
DET 131 13.1

Team GvA Gv/G
PIT 53 5.9
DET 73 7.3
PHI 137 11.4
DAL 173 14.4

Team TkA Tk/G
DAL 132 11.0
PHI 102 8.5
DET 80 8.0
PIT 70 7.8

Team FO%
DET 52.3%
PHI 50.4%
DAL 49.1%
PIT 46.3%

Team Shoot%
PHI 11.44%
PIT 10.16%
DAL 9.72%
DET 9.67%

Keep in mind that the Stars' figures might be a bit higher given they played a seven period game. There have been enough games played, however, that the general trends should be pretty sound.

Pittsburgh's faceoff percentage has been horrible, for whatever reason.



At 11:30 p.m., May 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When has Pittsburgh's faceoff percentage NOT been horrible? They were 30th out of 30 in the regular season!

The funny thing is that Staal and even Malkin have been winning more draws since the playoffs started.

At 1:39 a.m., May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ovechkin and Marleau tied for missed shots? The difference is Ovechkin will often hit the net and score, whereas Marleau couldn't hit the empty net from the top of the crease.

At 10:44 a.m., May 06, 2008, Blogger therealdeal said...

It would be interesting if someone smarter than me did some correlative analysis between hits and takeways.

At 1:51 p.m., May 06, 2008, Blogger Freeptop said...

"Pittsburgh's faceoff percentage has been horrible, for whatever reason."

The ability to win faceoffs is generally something that is gained through experience. More experienced centers generally do better at faceoffs than less experienced centers. Now consider the roster of centers for the Penguins:
Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Talbot.

The most experienced of those centers is Crosby, with three seasons under his belt.

It's really no surprise that the Penguins are the worst in the league at faceoffs once you look at that little detail.


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