I always preface these articles by stating the obvious; statistics never tell the entire story. That being said, let’s take a look at some advanced statistics that tell us a little bit more about both of these teams.

We’re familiar with the names and star talent on both sides, but its time to see how the systematic approach to the game affects on-ice numbers in various situations for both of these clubs.

Most of these numbers were garnered using 5 on 5 as the base. If there is a statistic that exists outside of even strength, I’ll denote that as we move forward.

Even Strength Goals Per 60 Minutes of Play

Playoffs

Pittsburgh: 3.3
Boston: 2.8

Regular Season

Pittsburgh: 2.84
Boston: 2.38

For all the defensive accolades the Bruins collect, you can’t sleep on their offense. However, the Penguins have been leading the league all year long. Their goal-scoring prowess as a whole has been elite.

Even Strength Goals Against Per 60 Minutes of Play

Playoffs

Pittsburgh: 2.3
Boston: 1.9

Regular Season

Pittsburgh: 1.96
Boston: 1.91

The Penguins defense hasn’t eclipsed the Bruins numbers, but they’re a lot better than people are giving them credit for as a whole.

Total Hits

Playoffs

Pittsburgh: 319
Boston: 474

Regular Season

Pittsburgh: 1229
Boston: 1220

Both of these clubs are physical. A large part of what they do is reliant on the physical aspect of the game.

Faceoff Percentage

Playoffs

Pittsburgh: 51.5
Boston: 56.4

The Bruins have excelled in the circle thus far. The Penguins will have to put a dent in their success rate, especially in the defensive zone.

Team Plus/Minus

Playoffs

Pittsburgh: +10
Boston: +10

Regular Season

Pittsburgh: +35
Boston: +24

Fenwick For Percentage

Fenwick is the sum of the following: missed shots, posts, goals scored, and saves. It tracks every attempt a team launches at the net, giving you a large idea of the territorial advantage that a team creates in addition to the rubber they throw at the net. It does not include blocked shots. The theory is that blocked shots are an intentional art and shouldn’t count in the calculation. This number is the teams percentage of total shots thrown at the net in a game.

Regular Season

Pittsburgh: 49.9
Boston: 54.0

Home/Road Goal Scoring

Playoffs

Penguins: 26G Home / 21G Road
Boston: 23G Home / 15G Road

One Goal Game Win Percentage

Playoffs

Pittsburgh: .600
Boston: .570

Two Goal Game Win Percentage

Playoffs

Pittsburgh: .000
Boston: .500

Win Percentage When Outshot By Opponent

Playoffs

Pittsburgh: .750
Boston: 1.000

Playoff Power-Play

Pittsburgh: 28.3
Boston: 21.9

Playoff Penalty Kill

Pittsburgh: 89.7
Boston: 81.9

The Penguins with a decided advantage in the special teams department.

Regular Season Goals For Percentage

Total percentage of goals scored versus total goals during five on five play.

Pittsburgh: 59.1
Boston: 55.4

Even Strength Plus/Minus Per 60 Minutes of Play

Playoffs

Pittsburgh: 1.0
Boston: .9

First Period Goals For

Playoffs

Pittsburgh: 16
Boston: 5

First Period Goals Against

Pittsburgh: 10
Boston: 6

15+ Goal Scorers

Regular Season

Pittsburgh: 4 (Kunitz, Crosby, Dupuis, Neal)
Boston: 2 (Marchand, Seguin)

PIM/G

Playoffs

Pittsburgh: 15.1
Boston: 9.5

Win Percentage When Allowing First Goal

Playoffs

Pittsburgh: .750
Boston: .667

Positive Corsi Players

Playoffs

Pittsburgh: 6 (Neal, Malkin, Letang, Kunitz, Vitale, Niskanen)
Bruins: 19 (Only three players in minus.)

Boston defends well, has solid goaltending, and throws a lot of rubber at the net. The Penguins will have to continue to be tenacious in the boards and win every 50/50 battle they can.