Evgeni Malkin, Where ARE You?
Yes, Evgeni Malkin has become the modern day Car 54. All hell is breaking loose on the ice, but Evgeni Malkin has been nowhere to be found this season. Don’t believe me? Maybe you’ll believe the numbers.
In the table below, all figures are per game
|Even strength goals||0.51||0.12||-76%|
|Even strength assists||0.49||0.36||-27%|
|Even strength points||1.00||0.48||-52%|
|Power play goals||0.16||0.12||-25%|
|Power play assists||0.29||0.48||+64%|
|Power play points||0.45||0.60||+32%|
The numbers tell a pretty good story. Malkin simply isn’t producing at even strength. His points per game has dropped from 1 to 0.48, meaning his point production at even strength is less than half what it was last year. That’s what you would call a precipitous drop. Evgeni Malkin, where are you?
Another way to look at these stats is the ratio of power play points to even strength points. This year, it is an astound 1.25. Last year, it was only 0.45, meaning he tallied less than half his points on the power play. This year, he has more power play than even strength points. He’s basically become nothing but a power play specialist this year. Evgeni Malkin, where are you?
Now we’re going to look at some advanced metrics. These are all 5-on-5 numbers.
|Corsi Rel QoC**||0.279||-0.212||-176%|
*a simple plus/minus-style rating of the total number of shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots directed at the opposing net while a player is on the ice at even strength.
**The average relative Corsi of opposing players, weighted by head-to-head ice time.
***measures the difference in Corsi between a player’s on-ice performance and his team’s performance when he’s on the bench.
All definitions courtesy of Broadstreethockey.com
These numbers for the most part back up the contention that Malkin has been horrible at even strength. His line is generating far fewer shot attempts than it did last year. Some of that is likely due to not having a legitimate left winger for much of the time. But you also cannot ignore Malkin’s often indifferent play this season as a factor.
When you look at Sid’s line, it is quite obvious he has made his linemates better. Not so with whoever has been on the left wing of this line. He certainly has not made them better. Rather, they have dragged him down, certainly not what you would expect from last year’s Hart Trophy winner. He just hasn’t been the same player he was last year.
Evgeni Malkin, where are you?