I was surprised about a few things today looking at our team stats.
Goals Per game(tied for 7th@ 2.96)
Goals against per game (30th @ 3.40)
5 on 5 ratio (25th @ 0.83)
PP 5th @ 20%
PK 25th @ %79.5
Also, with our goal in the 3rd period last night against Dallas, I believe we are the highest scoring team in the 3rd period.
The goals for have definately surprised me a bit, as well as our low pk% when it has done really well the last month or so. Our goals against per game is high, but take away those 2 games where we lost 7-2 and 7-1 we would be middle of the pack.
What can we do better and how do they do it ?
Goaltending MUST be better.
Team just needs to be more consistent in every facet of the game. Goaltending, defense, and a lesser extent offensively as when one player is inconsistent another player steps up offensively.
We're 2 points out of 13th right now. When people will realise we aren't that good of a team is beyond me. The goaltending/defence won't get much better because it wasn't that good in the first place. Heck, the same can be said for the offence outside of Spezza/Michalek.
Defense will likely improve as the rookies put things together, the PK has already shown signs of improvement.
The secondary scoring has been pretty decent, not sure why you would pick that of all things, we have 8 players in double digit points, which is average to good.
The standings are tight, so yeah we could drop fast, but the team has shown lots of potential, and has been trending well. Were not likely to win the division, but we are good enough to challenge for a playoff spot.
This will be an interesting year but every game is important and there's a good chance we can make the playoffs. :yo:
Michalek - Spezza - Alfredsson
Reg/Fol - Fisher - Kovalev
Ruutu - Kelly - C. Neil
Reg/Fol - Winchester - Shannon
Phillips - Volchenkov
Kuba - Karlsson
Campoli - Carkner
There are 4 significant players missing from the 09-10 playoff team: Fisher, Kovalev, Kelly and Volchenkov. Smith has progress a lot towards replacing Kelly and Gonchar's having a great season, replacing the impact that Volchenkov had that year.
The 20 players listed above played 50+ games for that team and 11 are still here. The other 5 missing players were Elliott, Campoli, Ruutu, Shannon and Cheechoo.
I'm not seeing a big enough difference here to completely rule out the playoffs.
Anderson is still an improvement over Elliott. It just remains to be seen how big of one.
Rk/Avg/Pts ... Player/Rk/Pts
1A (1-30) - 15th - 26 ... Spezza / 24th / 23
1B (31-60) - 45th - 20 ... Michalek / 31st / 21
1C (61-90) - 75th - 16 ...
2A (91-120) - 105th - 14 ... Foligno / 95th / 15
2B (121-150) - 135th - 13 ... Smith / 130th / 13
2C (151-180) - 165th - 11 ... Greening / 165th / 11 ... Alfie / 167th / 11
Rk/Avg/Pts ... Player/Rk/Pts
#1 - 15th - 16 ... Karlsson / 1st / 22 ... Gonchar / 12th / 17
#2 - 45th - 10
#3 - 75th - 8 ... F. Kuba / 63rd / 8
The average for all 9 positions is 141 points from the 'average' and we've gotten 141 points from our 9 guys.
A while ago, I created a thread so we could have all stats and paces discutions in one thread. Here's the link :
Fisher vs Smith
Kelly vs Condra
Kovalev vs Filatov
Ruutu vs Greening
Shannon vs Butler
Cheechoo vs Daugavins
Volchenkov vs Cowen
Campoli vs Gonchar
Picard vs Rundblad
Elliott vs Anderson
Leclaire vs Auld
Alfie is still declining
Spezza should be maturing
Michalek is more healthy
Karlsson is becoming a beast
And the rest of changes is a big downgrade in experience
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