Thursday, May 29, 2008

Who faced who in Game 3

Using Vic Ferrari's Time on Ice tool, here's a look at who some of the key cogs squared off against at even strength in Wednesday's Game 3.

The figures are a percentage of minutes played against players on the other team (i.e. we see below that Crosby played 46 per cent of his 5-on-5 ice time against Lidstrom, down from 73.5 per cent in Game 1):


S. CROSBY
1 N. KRONVALL 49.7%
2 B. STUART 47.2%
3 N. LIDSTROM 46.0%
4 D. DRAKE 42.3%
5 K. DRAPER 39.9%
6 B. RAFALSKI 38.7%
7 H. ZETTERBERG 35.0%
8 P. DATSYUK 33.7%
9 J. FRANZEN 31.3%
10 V. FILPPULA 30.1%
11 M. SAMUELSSON 28.8%
12 D. CLEARY 27.0%
13 T. HOLMSTROM 17.8%
14 B. LEBDA 9.8%
15 A. LILJA 9.8%
16 K. MALTBY 6.1%
17 D. HELM 4.9%
18 J. HUDLER 3.7%

As you can see, Zetterberg and Datsyuk, the Red Wings's top checkers up front, are a ways down the list, out there for less than half as much of Crosby's ice time as they were back in Detroit.

Here's similar figures for Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin, which will show us the matchups Michel Therrien was looking for:



S. GONCHAR


E. MALKIN
1 B. STUART 43.4%
1 B. STUART 68.5%
2 N. KRONVALL 42.3%
2 N. KRONVALL 66.4%
3 J. FRANZEN 40.7%
3 V. FILPPULA 42.0%
4 N. LIDSTROM 39.6%
4 M. SAMUELSSON 42.0%
5 B. RAFALSKI 36.8%
5 J. FRANZEN 35.7%
6 P. DATSYUK 36.8%
6 D. DRAKE 35.0%
7 H. ZETTERBERG 35.2%
7 K. DRAPER 26.6%
8 M. SAMUELSSON 35.2%
8 H. ZETTERBERG 23.8%
9 V. FILPPULA 32.4%
9 N. LIDSTROM 22.4%
10 D. CLEARY 24.2%
10 B. RAFALSKI 21.0%
11 T. HOLMSTROM 21.4%
11 P. DATSYUK 20.3%
12 A. LILJA 19.2%
12 D. CLEARY 20.3%
13 B. LEBDA 18.7%
13 T. HOLMSTROM 16.1%
14 D. DRAKE 17.0%
14 B. LEBDA 15.4%
15 D. HELM 17.0%
15 K. MALTBY 14.7%
16 K. DRAPER 15.9%
16 J. HUDLER 11.9%
17 J. HUDLER 13.2%
17 D. HELM 11.2%
18 K. MALTBY 11.0%
18 A. LILJA 7.0%

As for the Red Wings, here are the matchups they ended up with. Coach Mike Babcock admitted that, on the road, he "let his guys go" given the fact he didn't have last change, and that's why we see such a wide range of opponents for players like Lidstrom and Zetterberg.



N. LIDSTROM


H. ZETTERBERG
1 S. CROSBY 42.9%
1 R. SCUDERI 55.9%
2 H. GILL 42.3%
2 H. GILL 53.6%
3 S. GONCHAR 41.1%
3 J. STAAL 42.5%
4 B. ORPIK 41.1%
4 M. TALBOT 36.3%
5 M. HOSSA 40.6%
5 S. GONCHAR 35.8%
6 R. SCUDERI 40.6%
6 A. HALL 35.8%
7 A. HALL 33.1%
7 B. ORPIK 34.6%
8 J. STAAL 31.4%
8 S. CROSBY 31.8%
9 P. DUPUIS 31.4%
9 M. HOSSA 26.3%
10 M. TALBOT 30.9%
10 P. DUPUIS 25.7%
11 R. WHITNEY 24.0%
11 T. KENNEDY 24.0%
12 G. ROBERTS 19.4%
12 J. RUUTU 21.2%
13 E. MALKIN 18.3%
13 E. MALKIN 19.0%
14 R. MALONE 17.1%
14 R. WHITNEY 15.6%
15 D. SYDOR 14.9%
15 R. MALONE 13.4%
16 T. KENNEDY 12.6%
16 G. ROBERTS 10.6%
17 P. SYKORA 9.7%
17 P. SYKORA 10.6%
18 J. RUUTU 8.6%
18 D. SYDOR 8.9%

Note the Penguins checkers showing up far more often here against the top guns, and specifically Jordan Staal, who was a nonentity against Detroit's top line earlier in the series.

That makes a difference.
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1 Comments:

At 5:13 PM, May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Staal's ceiling is limitless. It's hard to believe the kid is only 19. If the penguins don't lock him up next year, he's going to be a HUGE asset for any team. I think the offense will come back and he'll be a true powerhorse.

 

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