During every game, Dan Rusanowsky and I go over SAP Analytics and break down some numbers. It's a fun segment and considering we live in Silicon Valley where one's and zero's dominate our lives. I want to analyze and explain some numbers that I find intriguing.
TOI = Time On Ice
BS = Blocked Shots
FO = Faceoffs
+/- = Plus Minus
EV PTS = Even Strength Points
- Let's start the with the fist battle of every shift, the faceoff.
- 57.8 % - That is Pavelski's FO % and it's 1st on Sharks and 8th in the NHL
- 41-19 - That is Pavelski's FO record on the Power Play. So Pavelski's FO % is 68.3 when the Sharks are on the PP. Winning a faceoff that pretty much every time is in the OZ is a good way to start a shift on the power play.
- Even strength points, whether 5-5 or 4-4 is a telling stat over the course of a season. The Sharks have two players who are in the top 20 in the NHL in this category.
- 17 - Number of EV PTS that Thornton has, tied for 12th in the NHL with Jonathan Toews. Corey Perry leads all skaters with 22 EV PTS.
- 16 - Number of EV PTS that rookie Tomas Hertl has, tied for 14th in the NHL with Matt Duchene, John Tavares, Henrik Sedin, Pavel Datsyuk and David Backes. Hertl is keeping some pretty good company in the EV PTS department!
- Blocking a slapshot that is coming at you anywhere from 80 to 100 miles per hour is not fun. To be honest, if you block it perfectly it doesn't hurt, but that only happens some of the time. The other times it hurts, more often than no, a lot. Blocking a shot is paying the price for your team. Here are the top three shot blocking forwards for the San Jose Sharks and where they stand in relation to all forwards in the NHL.
- 25 - Couture - Tied 1st team - Tied 3rd NHL
- 25 - Pavelski - Tied 1st team - Tied 3rd NHL
- 24 - Wingels - 3rd team - Tied 7th NHL
- Playing against the other team's top players night in and night out and leading your team in +/- speaks volumes. Here are the Sharks +/- leaders who often get the assignment of playing against the other teams top line.
- +16 - Braun - 1st team - 2nd NHL (Braun is +7 at home and +9 on the road)
- +10 - Couture - 2nd team - Tied 18th NHL
- Because of the Olympic Break in February this 82 game season is a compressed schedule making ice time distribution extremely important over the long haul. The fact the Sharks are 15-3-5, have had to deal with injuries to key players and yet they distribute ice time so well speaks volumes about the depth of the team.
- 21:55 - Braun - 1st Team - 55th NHL
- 20:57 - Boyle - 2nd Team - 90th NHL
- 20:41 - Vlasic - 3rd Team - 102nd NHL
- 20:21 - Marleau - 4th Team - 1st Team Forwards - 113th NHL - 23rd NHL Forwards
- 19:30 - Couture - 5th Team - 2nd Team Forwards - Tied 151st NHL - 43rd NHL Forwards
- 19:13 - Pavelski - 7th Team - 3rd Team Forwards - Tied 171st NHL - 55th NHL Forwards
Stats can never tell the whole picture but they are very interesting when studying players and teams.