Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tracking shots on goal

One of the big stories of the postseason when it comes to the Red Wings has been their dominance on shots on goal, something that's carried over to the finals.

Here's a quick comparison, game-by-game, of Detroit's shots for and against:

And here's what things look like for the Penguins, who have played two fewer games to this point:

Detroit's been well clear of its opponents in the category, while the Penguins, for the most part, have been very close in shots on goal since the Ottawa series.

The past two games have been an anomaly for Pittsburgh, but this is par for the course for the Red Wings.

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At 2:17 a.m., May 28, 2008, Blogger andy grabia said...

Meh. Babcock's Wings have always been known as a team that shoots from everywhere. Doesn't mean they were quality scoring chances. I'd be more interested in seeing those numbers.

At 7:57 a.m., May 28, 2008, Anonymous Ryan said...

Andy--ESPN tracks the coordinates of shots. They make mistakes, but in general, it's decent data.

Here's a rough breakdown based on location:
Below the hashmarks: Det 8, Pit 7
Above the hashmarks: Det 4, Pit 0
Sharp angle: Det 4, Pit 2
From the faceoff dot: Det 2, Pit 2
Top of the circles: Det 10, Pit 4
High point: Det 5, Pit 5
Neutral zone: Pit 2, Det 1

You can break it down different ways, but Detroit gets plenty of shots from in close, and does a better job of penetrating to the middle of the ice (above the hashmarks). Game 1 was the same story.

At 7:59 a.m., May 28, 2008, Anonymous Ryan said...

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At 8:43 a.m., May 28, 2008, Blogger James said...

Quality shots aren't the only thing that matters, though. Babcock has these guys trained to shoot often, drive to the net, look for the rebound, and put it in.

Yes, their incredibly high shot counts do make offending goaltenders look terrific with high numbers of saves, but they're opening up even more scoring chances by playing the rebounds. Also, they're an incredible face-off team, so if they get the goalie to stop the puck that's another offensive zone face-off to start another possession with.


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