Consider this a follow up to what happened on Sunday in the 4-2 loss the New Jersey Devils suffered at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets. As indicated in my recap, I was disappointed with how the team performed, especially in the third period. It started off with a one-goal deficit, the Devils put two shots on net, the Jets tacked one more on to make a two-goal deficit, and the Devils responded with a whopping three shots on net. Even when they gained the zone, attempts were few and far between. The passion and desire to at least try and mount a comeback was missing from my eye. However, I did not determine if that was true or not in terms of shooting attempts. In order to address that as well as add a request by user dr(d)evil in the comments, I've now made the Corsi charts for this game.
For the unaware, a brief explanation. Thanks to Robert at Jewels from the Crown, I can make charts for the individual shooting attempts for and against each player and the team from a game's play by play log from NHL.com. I try to do this in the recaps for away games and make them for the home games later on. The charts clear up what has happened when a player was on the ice at even strength with respect to goals, shots, misses, and blocks. Typically, this is done for even strength situations to avoid special teams skewing matters. If a player has a positive Corsi differential, it means the team put up more attempts than it faced when they were out there. That implies the team had the better of possession, which is good and desirable. If it's negative, it means possession was often going against the team, which isn't so good. It's not the be-all, end-all of stats but it's a way to look at how players did by counting events as opposed to solely relying on observation. For those who are aware and wondering why now and not, say, Monday? First of all, I wanted to write about the PK. Second, consider this post a pre-preview or a post-recap as the Devils will take on the Jets on Thursday night.
New Jersey Devils Corsi Charts Against Winnipeg Jets
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