In a new feature that I’ll be running here on Gone Puck Wild throughout the season, before each game, I will be analysing the underlying numbers for both the Wild and their next opponent to see how they match-up. Tonight’s opponent is the Tampa Bay Lightning, in Tampa..
-Here are the underlying numbers for both teams so far this year at 5v5 and 5v5 Close, along with some general statistics:
(GF%=Goals For %, CF%=Corsi For %, FF%=Fenwick For %, SF%=Shots For Percentage, Sh%=
Shooting Percentage, Sv%=Save Percentage)
So the Wild continue to put-up fantastic possession numbers and they are dominating the opposition at ES, but are being screwed by shoddy penalty-killing (only the Oilers are worse) and a dreadful shooting percentage. Hopefully it can start progressing to the mean sooner rather than later, because I don’t know how much more stress Wild fans can take.
The Lighning on the other hand have been a poor puck possession team but are currently thriving off the back of an excellent powerplay and sky-high Sh% and Sv% at 5v5 and 5v5 Close. They look primed for some hard regression over the course of the season. It’s less a question of “when”, than “if”.
-Here are the Best 3 and Worst 3 players for each team in various statistical categories. This only counts players who have played 50% of their team’s games so far:
|5v5 CLOSE|| |
|Wild CF% Top 3|| |
|Wild CF% Worst 3|| |
|Bolts CF% Top 3|| |
|Bolts CF% Worst 3|| |
|Wild FF% Top 3|| |
|Wild FF% Worst 3|| |
|Bolts FF% Top 3|| |
|Bolts FF% Worst 3|| |
|Wild PDO Top 3|| |
|Wild PDO Worst 3|| |
|Bolts PDO Top 3|| |
|Bolts PDO Worst 3|| |
Stoner and Mitchell continue to put-up remarkable numbers. Granlund has managed to get his possesion stats over 50%, which means that all Wild players are over 50%. Great effort by the team and coaches to turn what was a shoddy unit last year into a dominant team. Hopefully they get some puck luck soon to turn it into consistent winning hockey.
From the numbers, Purcell and Brewer look like players worth watching for the Lightning. Matt Carle appears to be struggling mightily this season.
-Here are the Player Usage Charts for both teams to illustrate which players are getting tough minutes and which players are being sheltered:
Tampa Bay Lightning
(Click To Enlarge) (Bubble Size=Corsi On Rating. Blue Bubble=Postive. Red Bubble=Negative)
Okay, that’s all from me. Make sure you check-out Scott’s official Gone Puck Wild Game Preview before puck-drop where you’ll get his insight along with all the information you need about the game.
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Tags: Advanced Stats Clayton Stoner Close Corsi Fancystats Fenclose Fenwick Jonas Brodin Kyle Brodziak Marco Scandella Martin St.louis Matt Carle Mikael Granlund Mike Yeo Mikko Koivu Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild Preview NHL Pdo Puck Possession Regression Save Percentage Shooting Percentage Stats Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning Teddy Purcell Wild Wild Game Night Zach Parise