The locations of each powerplay goal scored this season

April 25, 2013, by


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.

Categories : Analysis, Special Teams


  1. BobM says:

    The best place to score a goal is in the middle of the slot. You have the most angle to score.

    Do you notice (how one can notice something that is not there?) how many PPG were scored from the slot?

    Miller’s appears to be right in front of the net.

    The Rangers, and this has been going on for decades, seem to think that they can overcome the odds of scoring from the sides. These are not percentage shots, never was, never will be.

    Do the math on the angles from the short side to the opposite post and then shooting straight ahead from the slot.

    There is no magic to math here. We have become obsessed with math figures in Corsi and otherwise, but ignore simple geometry.


    • VinceR says:

      I agree with you on the angles, but the issue I see is that during a PP the defense is usually in some sort of box formation around the slot area, making it very hard to get a puck to someone there.

      That said it can be done with quick puck movement and someone moving without the puck to get into the area for a quick shot. Still hard to pull off, but more recently they at least have been doing the first two (quick movement, moving without the puck).

      • Rob says:

        Yup and I think if we had some more point shot one timers from feeds from the corners would help, especially last game. They don’t have to be the prettiest shots or with the most velocity. Assuming you’re already cycling, so forwards are deep. Get it to the point and take a quick one time wrister at the net and CRASH.

        • Dave says:

          A few years ago there were two things plaguing the team’s PP: puck movement and shots. They solved the puck movement thing, but they need to work on low, hard shots that create rebounds. Between Brassard, Clowe, and Cally, there are enough guys to clean up the rebounds.

          • Rob says:

            Yup, practically every player on the PP would hold onto the puck before moving it. Remember, this team had PP issues even before the Tort’s era. We were calling Perry Pearns head for it.

    • Mikeyyy says:

      Because of shit blocking increasing there is a lot of movement to open the angle because there is no shot at the optimum angle.

  2. Chris says:

    This is a great analysis. Thanks to whoever put it together. Interesting.

  3. neal says:

    great stuff. obviously most goals are scored on the rebounds, unless you are tim kerr or espo.

  4. Pas44 says:

    When is the last time the Rangers had a shot from the point, a blast!

    been some time since this was a consistant part of the team.

    not a snipe… a BLAST

    a rebound making machine!

    • Seahorse says:

      lidstrom never fired blasted anything and he did ok

    • VinceR says:

      The issue they were having with any shots from the point was sloppy puck movement…they would get a pass, lose control for moment, and position the puck. By the time they were ready shoot, the only place to shoot was into a body that was right in front of them.

      Richie had a nice blast from the point that was actually part snipe for his last PP goal a couple of weeks ago, but yeah, not a thundering rebound.

  5. BobM says:

    I do not see one timers from the point. There is way too much passing. Every time you pass, you increase the odds of losing puck possession.

    Rangers also need to elevate the puck. Shooting at ice level is usually destined to hit something/someone.

    Goalie’ high on the glove side is notoriously the best place to shoot.

    Watch other successful teams, how they play.

    This is not rocket science. It is basic hockey.

    Unless a puck is deflected, how can a professional hockey player shoot over the net?

    Do they practice hitting the net or glass?

  6. Barry says:

    I think it would benefit LAR and us a ton if he/we were to locate not just goals but all PP shots (or for any other filters). That way we could see trends; it would give some sort of visual to all the statistics, and we could easily determine where the best positions are for any given player based on hard data.