A very loyal reader, who prefers to remain anonymous, spent his own time and effort to create a graphical depiction of where the Rangers have scored their powerplay goals this season, represented in the image above (click for a larger image). This is fantastic stuff, and when it was sent to me, I noticed some very interesting trends.
The first thing that jumped out at me, something that the “loyal anonymous reader” pointed out, is that Ryan Callahan is always in front of the net. If there’s a rebound goal scored with the man advantage, you can safely assume it was Cally who scored the goal. Two of his goals are actually from really bad angles for a right-handed shot (the two black dots on the left by the goal line).
The next thing you notice is the three blue dots on the right-wing face off dot, which represent all three of Rick Nash’s powerplay goals this season (side note: He only has three PPGs this season?). This is something we’ve touched on this season, but Nash sure does like shooting from that spot.
One alarming thing to notice is that Marc Staal is the only Ranger defenseman to score a poweprlay goal, and it wasn’t even from the point, it was from in front of the net. The two goals that have come from the point were both by Brad Richards. To be fair, Richards does get the majority of his powerplay time at the point. Maybe alarming isn’t the appropriate word here, but it’s still something to keep an eye on.
Something else that caught my attention is that Michael Del Zotto is PPG-less this season. He’s still a kid, and defensemen don’t hit their prime til around 25-26, but this is also something to keep an eye on. He’s been doing other good things (seven assists on the powerplay, good puck movement), but the lack of goals is surprising to be honest.
Anyway, this was great stuff put together by LAR (loyal anonymous reader) that we wanted to share.