Round Three Statistical Preview
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
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
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.
Both of these clubs are physical. A large part of what they do is reliant on the physical aspect of the game.
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.
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.
Home/Road Goal Scoring
Penguins: 26G Home / 21G Road
Boston: 23G Home / 15G Road
One Goal Game Win Percentage
Two Goal Game Win Percentage
Win Percentage When Outshot By Opponent
Playoff Penalty Kill
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.
Even Strength Plus/Minus Per 60 Minutes of Play
First Period Goals For
First Period Goals Against
15+ Goal Scorers
Pittsburgh: 4 (Kunitz, Crosby, Dupuis, Neal)
Boston: 2 (Marchand, Seguin)
Win Percentage When Allowing First Goal
Positive Corsi Players
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.