A different way of looking at special teams statistics

The Rangers went on a bizarre tear in March in which they scored on seven of 41 shorthanded situations, yet managed just five goals in 45 of their own power play opportunities. Obviously that was just a weird anomaly, but it made me realize that the traditional ways of measuring special teams – power play and penalty kill percentages –…

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GSAA: a step in the right direction, but hardly essential

A little over a week ago, one of my go-to publications, InGoal Magazine, released an interesting article, entitled GSAA: An Essential Statistic for Evaluating Goaltenders, touting a new advanced metric for analyzing goaltending, called GSAA (Goals Saved Above Average).  The author, Greg Balloch, does a nice job of breaking down the specific methodology that goes into determining how many goals…

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Stats to chew on: Olympic break edition

– Only five players have more game-winning goals than Rick Nash (6). – Only Alex Ovechkin is averaging more shots per game than Rick Nash (4.1). – Only nine players have more points against their own division than Mats Zuccarello’s 21. – Only eight players have more penalty minutes on home ice than Chris Kreider (53).  Only Dallas’s Antoine Roussel…

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Eventually Rangers’ shooting luck will turn around

Despite the abominations Rangers fans witnessed earlier this season against San Jose and Anaheim, there have been plenty of reasons to expect a turnaround in the team’s fortunes.  An extremely difficult early-season road schedule, several injuries to key players and an expected adjustment period to a new coach have all contributed to the team’s struggles.  All of those things issues…

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Who will Alain Vigneault use in shootouts?

Though the skills competition isn’t really a fair way to determine the winner of a hockey game, success in the shootout has granted some teams entry to the postseason and – as Rangers fans know all too well – denied others. Thanks in large part to Henrik Lundqvist’s heroics, New York has traditionally been a solid shootout club.  The Blueshirts…

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Stats to chew on: Start of the playoffs

- After the trade deadline Derick Brassard had five goals in six assists while Marian Gaborik had three goals and five assists. – The Rangers went 9-3-1 following the trade deadline. – Before the trade deadline the Rangers averaged 2.4 goals per game.  After it, they averaged 3.6. – Check out this chart of where playoff teams ranked in shot…

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Stats to chew on: The final week of the season

- Since the trade deadline, Derick Brassard has three goals in six assists in 10 games and Marian Gaborik has three goals and four assists in 10 games. – The Rangers are 7-2-1 since the trade deadline.  (Via @Herman_NYRBlog) – The Rangers are 8-36 (22.2%) on the power play since the trade deadline and were converting at a 14.3% rate before…

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Stats to chew on: Playoffs in sight

- New York has won 11 of its last 12 games against the Flyers dating back to March 6, 2011.  The Rangers have outscored the Flyers 46-20 during that timeframe. – The Rangers are 14-3-3 in their last 20 games against the Islanders. – New York is 19-for-20 on the penalty kill over its last seven games.  The Rangers are…

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Stats to chew on: Revamped Rangers

- Injured Ranger Derek Dorsett led the NHL with 235 penalty minutes last season.  Dorsett ranked third in the league in fighting majors behind Brandon Prust and Shawn Thornton. – Mats Zuccarello has 13 hits in six games this season.  He had eight hits in 10 games last year and 56 in 42 games two years ago.  (Via @Herman_NYRBlog) –…

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Stats to chew on – Ryan Clowe joins the Rangers

- Ryan Clowe ranked second on the Sharks in hits this year with 69.  That total would put him fourth on the Rangers. – Clowe ranked fifth on the Sharks in shots with 65.  He’d be seventh on the Blueshirts. – Before this season, here are Clowe’s power play points by year: 15 in 11-12, 13 in 10-11, 15 in…

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