Friday, August 1, 2014

Plekanec, Desharnais and Eller in the offensive-zone; by the numbers

Comparing the Habs 3 returning centremen based on their offensive-zone data

This post will break down all of the offensive-zone data for the Montreal Canadiens 3 returning centremen. Included in this post are even-strength data for Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais, and Lars Eller.

This system tracks every puck-possession event that occurs in a game. A list of all of the events tracked are list here. Included in this post is the offensive-zone data from the 2013-14 regular season, as well as the 2014 playoffs.

ES SCORING-CHANCE, OFFENSIVE-PRODUCTION, AND PENALTY NUMBERS

Within this system players are credited for scoring-chances for or against only when they are directly involved in the play that created the scoring-chance. David Desharnais contributed the most ES scoring-chances for per-60, while Plekanec contributed the fewest. Lars Eller was responsible for the most ES scoring-chances against per-60, with Plekanec responsible for the fewest.

CENTRES
14-PLEKANEC
51-DESHARNAIS
81-
ELLER
SCORING CHANCES FOR PER-60
8.671
9.525
9.335
SCORING CHANCES FOR PER-60
SCORING CHANCES AGAINST PER-60
4.561
5.393
6.708
SCORING CHANCES AGAINST PER-60
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GOALS PER-60
0.740
0.609
0.610
GOALS PER-60
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ASSISTS PER-60
0.740
1.218
0.844
ASSISTS PER-60
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GOALS AGAINST WHILE ON ICE PER-60
2.137
1.783
2.580
GOALS AGAINST WHILE ON ICE PER-60
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81
OBSTRUCTION PENALTIES TAKEN PER-60
0.370
0.565
0.938
OBSTRUCTION PENALTIES TAKEN PER-60
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OBSTRUCTION PENALITES DRAWN PER-60
0.411
0.652
0.891
OBSTRUCTION PENALITES DRAWN PER-60
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UNDISICIPLINED PENALTIES  PER-60
0.041
0.000
0.141
UNDISICIPLINED PENALTIES  PER-60
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% OF CORSI EVENTS FOR/AGAINST THAT RESULT IN A SCORING-CHANCE

Plekanec led all centres, as 17.3% of the corsi events that occurred while he was on the ice produced a scoring-chance that he was directly involved in, while only 7.6% of the corsi events against produced a scoring-chance that he was directly responsible-for.

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% OF CORSI-FOR THAT RESULT IN A SCORING-CHANCE
17.3%
16.8%
17.1%
% OF CORSI-FOR THAT RESULT IN A SCORING-CHANCE
% OF CORSI-AGAINST THAT RESULT IN A SCORING-CHANCE
7.6%
9.5%
11.3%
% OF CORSI-AGAINST THAT RESULT IN A SCORING-CHANCE
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SCORING PLAYS PER-60

Eller averaged the most scoring-plays per-60, while Desharnais actually averaged the fewest. Scoring-plays include offensive-zone loose-puck recoveries, east/west passes, passes to the slot, passes off of the rush, deflections, and shots. Expressed simply, scoring-plays are plays that have been shown through this system to have directly contributed to scoring-chances.

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SCORING PLAYS per-60
44.25
44.01
51.99
SCORING PLAYS per-60
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PERCENTAGE OF OVERALL EVENTS WITH POSSESSION IN THE OFFENSIVE-ZONE

Desharnais has engaged in the highest percentage of his overall events with possession of the puck in the offensive-zone. O-zone possession percentage is an attempt at quantifying how much "time" a player spends with possession of the puck in the offensive-zone.

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OVERALL O-ZONE POSSESSION PERCENTAGE
35.3%
38.6%
34.9%
OVERALL O-ZONE POSSESSION PERCENTAGE
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EVEN-STRENGTH RATINGS AND RATIOS

Eller produced an even-strength ratio of 2.25 successful plays for every 1 failed play; to lead the three players included here. Eller also had the top rating, and engaged in the most events per-minute played. Desharnais' takeaway to turnover-rate of 2.209 was tops among this group.
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SUCCESSFUL PLAYS
4025
3603
4294
SUCCESSFUL PLAYS
FAILED PLAYS
1884
1692
1905
FAILED PLAYS
RATIO
2.14
2.13
2.25
RATIO
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POSITIVE PLAYS PER-MINUTE
2.76
2.61
3.36
POSITIVE PLAYS PER-MINUTE
FAILED PLAYS PER-MINUTE
1.29
1.23
1.49
FAILED PLAYS PER-MINUTE
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EVENTS PER-MIINUTE
4.05
3.84
4.85
EVENTS PER-MIINUTE
RATING
1.47
1.39
1.87
RATING
ES TAKEAWAY TO TURNOVER RATIO
1.844
2.209
2.049
ES TAKEAWAY TO TURNOVER RATIO



OFFENSIVE-ZONE RATINGS AND RATIOS

Eller had the top offensive-zone ratio, as he contributed 1.85 successful plays in the offensive-zone for every 1 failed play. He also had the top rating, and engaged in more offensive-zone events per-minute than either Plekanec or Desharnais.
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SUCCESSFUL PLAYS
1614
1644
1797
SUCCESSFUL PLAYS
FAILED PLAYS
946
908
973
FAILED PLAYS
RATIO
1.71
1.81
1.85
RATIO
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POSITIVE PLAYS PER-MINUTE
1.11
1.19
1.40
POSITIVE PLAYS PER-MINUTE
FAILED PLAYS PER-MINUTE
0.65
0.66
0.76
FAILED PLAYS PER-MINUTE
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EVENTS PER-MIINUTE
1.75
1.85
2.17
EVENTS PER-MIINUTE
RATING
0.46
0.53
0.64
RATING
ES TAKEAWAY TO TURNOVER RATIO
1.636
1.627
1.829
ES TAKEAWAY TO TURNOVER RATIO


OFFENSIVE-ZONE PUCK-POSSESSION PLAYS

An offensive-touch is any play a player attempts while in possession of the puck. In the offensive-zone those plays included passes, dekes and shots. Eller averaged nearly 2 more successful o-zone puck-possession plays per-60 than Desharnais. But Desharnais'  success-rate was 5 percentage-points better. Plekanec contributed the fewest successful o-zone o-touches per-60, and had the lowest success-rate.

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SUC. O-ZONE O-TOUCHES PER-60
32.46
37.80
39.69
SUC. O-ZONE O-TOUCHES PER-60
ATT. O-ZONE O-TOUCHES PER-60
60.78
61.80
70.60
ATT. O-ZONE O-TOUCHES PER-60
O-ZONE OTOUCH SUCCESS-RATE
53.4%
61.2%
56.2%
O-ZONE OTOUCH SUCCESS-RATE
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OFFENSIVE-ZONE DEFENSIVE-PLAYS

Offensive-zone defensive-plays include any play in the offensive-zone whereby a player attempts to remove puck-possession from the opposition. These plays included stick-checks, body-checks, and blocked passes.

Eller contributed the most successful offensive-zone defensive-touches per-60 among Montreal's returning centres; he also had the top success-rate.


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SUC. O-ZONE D-TOUCHES PER-60
10.07
10.61
14.59
SUC. O-ZONE D-TOUCHES PER-60
ATT. O-ZONE D-TOUCHES PER-60
15.86
16.18
20.41
ATT. O-ZONE D-TOUCHES PER-60
O-ZONE DTOUCH SUCCESS-RATE
63.5%
65.6%
71.5%
O-ZONE DTOUCH SUCCESS-RATE
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OFFENSIVE-ZONE STICK AND BODY-CHECKS

Eller contributed the most successful stick and body-checks in the offensive-zone. For a stick or body check to be deemed successful, the opposing player must lose possession as a result of the check. Eller's success-rate when attempting to remove possession by way of a body-check was particularly impressive.

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SUC. O-ZONE STICK-CHECKS  PER-60
5.01
5.35
7.04
SUC. O-ZONE STICK-CHECKS  PER-60
ATT. O-ZONE STICK CHECKS  PER-60
7.89
8.09
10.23
ATT. O-ZONE STICK CHECKS  PER-60
O-ZONE STICK-CHECK SUCCESS-RATE
63.5%
66.1%
68.8%
O-ZONE STICK-CHECK SUCCESS-RATE
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81
SUC. O-ZONE BODY-CHECKS  PER-60
1.15
1.04
3.28
SUC. O-ZONE BODY-CHECKS  PER-60
ATT. O-ZONE BODY CHECKS  PER-60
2.14
2.04
4.08
ATT. O-ZONE BODY CHECKS  PER-60
O-ZONE BODY-CHECK SUCCESS-RATE
53.8%
51.1%
80.5%
O-ZONE BODY-CHECK SUCCESS-RATE
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OFFENSIVE-ZONE BLOCKED PASSES

The trend continues, as Eller also produced the most blocked opposition passes in the offensive-zone per-60. For an attempted blocked pass to be deemed successful, the player must break the cycle of possession by preventing the pass from being controlled by it's intended target. A failed block pass is credited when an opposition pass goes under the defending player's stick or through his legs and is still controlled by its intended target.

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81
SUC. O-ZONE BLOCKED OPPOSITION PASSES PER-60
3.82
4.00
4.18
SUC. O-ZONE BLOCKED OPPOSITION PASSES PER-60
ATT. O-ZONE BLOCKED OPPOSITION PASSES PER-60
5.71
5.74
5.96
ATT.  O-ZONE BLOCKED OPPOSITION PASSES PER-60
BLOCKED PASSES SUCCESS-RATE
66.9%
69.7%
70.1%
BLOCKED PASSES SUCCESS-RATE
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81


OFFENSIVE-ZONE LOOSE-PUCK RECOVERIES

A player is credited with a successful loose-puck recovery when he successfully gains control of a puck that is not in the possession of any player on the ice. He is credited with a failed LPR when he fails to control a loose-puck that he arrives at first; either because he mishandled it, or because he was pushed off the puck by an opposing player.

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SUC. O-ZONE BROKEN PLAY LPR'S  PER-60
22.03
21.70
28.24
SUC. O-ZONE BROKEN PLAY  LPR'S  PER-60
ATT. O-ZONE BROKEN PLAY LPR'S  PER-60
26.09
30.32
35.98
ATT. O-ZONE BROKEN PLAY  LPR'S  PER-60
O-ZONE BROKEN PLAY LPR'S SUCCESS-RATE
84.4%
71.6%
78.5%
O-ZONE BROKEN PLAY LPR'S SUCCESS-RATE
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81
SUC.. O-ZONE DUMP LPR'S  PER-60
0.41
0.39
0.47
SUC. O-ZONE DUMP LPR'S  PER-60
ATT. O-ZONE DUMP LPR'S  PER-60
0.58
0.52
0.66
ATT. O-ZONE DUMP LPR'S  PER-60
O-ZONE DUMP LPR'S SUCCESS-RATE
71.4%
75.0%
71.4%
O-ZONE DUMP LPR'S SUCCESS-RATE
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SUC. O-ZONE REBOUND LPR'S  PER-60
0.99
0.70
1.13
SUC O-ZONE REBOUND LPR'S  PER-60
ATT. O-ZONE REBOUND LPR'S  PER-60
1.07
1.26
1.36
ATT O-ZONE REBOUND LPR'S  PER-60
O-ZONE REBOUND LPR'S SUCCESS-RATE
92.3%
55.2%
82.8%
O-ZONE REBOUND LPR'S SUCCESS-RATE
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81
SUC O-ZONE FACEOFF LPR'S  PER-60
0.33
0.22
0.19
SUC O-ZONE FACEOFF LPR'S  PER-60
ATT O-ZONE FACEOFF LPR'S  PER-60
0.37
0.30
0.23
ATT O-ZONE FACEOFF LPR'S  PER-60
O-ZONE FACEOFF LPR'S SUCCESS-RATE
88.9%
71.4%
80.0%
O-ZONE FACEOFF LPR'S SUCCESS-RATE
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81
SUC OVERALL O-ZONE LPR'S  PER-60
23.75
23.01
30.02
SUC OVERALL O-ZONE LPR'S  PER-60
ATT OVERALL O-ZONE LPR'S  PER-60
28.11
32.40
38.23
ATT OVERALL O-ZONE LPR'S  PER-60
O-ZONE OVERALL LPR'S SUCCESS-RATE
84.5%
71.0%
78.5%
O-ZONE OVERALL LPR'S SUCCESS-RATE
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CONTROLLED ENTRIES INTO THE OFFENSIVE-ZONE

Desharnais produced the most controlled offensive-zone entries per-60 among Habs centres; followed closely by Tomas Plekanec.

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O-ZONE ENTRIES  PER-60
9.62
9.74
9.00
O-ZONE ENTRIES  PER-60
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OFFENSIVE-ZONE PASSES

Desharnais contributed the most successful passes to the slot per-60, and had the top success-rate.

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SUC. PASSES TO SLOT PER-60
2.05
3.44
2.30
SUC. PASSES TO SLOT PER-60
ATT. PASSES TO SLOT PER-60
7.52
8.92
7.74
ATT. PASSES TO SLOT PER-60
PASSES TO SLOT SUCCESS-RATE
27.3%
38.5%
29.7%
PASSES TO SLOT SUCCESS-RATE
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81


Plekanec contributed the most successful cycle passes per-60, but Desharnais had the top success-rate.

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SUC. CYCLE PASSES PER-60
5.51
5.26
5.30
SUC. CYCLE PASSES PER-60
ATT. CYCLE PASSES PER-60
8.75
7.61
8.44
ATT. CYCLE PASSES PER-60
CYCLE PASS SUCCESS-RATE
62.9%
69.1%
62.8%
CYCLE PASS SUCCESS-RATE
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Desharnais also contributed the most successful passes off of the rush per-60, while also maintaining the top success-rate. It's important to note that passes off of the rush were only separated into a sub-category within offensive-zone passes following the Olympic break.

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SUC. O-ZONE PASSES OFF THE RUSH PER-60
10.19
14.7
13.75
SUC. O-ZONE PASSES OFF THE RUSH  PER-60
ATT. O-ZONE PASSES OFF THE RUSH PER-60
17.14
19.75
21.58
ATT. O-ZONE PASSES OFF THE RUSH  PER-60
O-ZONE PASS SUCCESS-RATE
59.5%
74.4%
63.7%
O-ZONE PASS SUCCESS-RATE
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Desharnais produced the most successful east/west passes per-60, while Plekanec had the top success-rate. It's important to note that east/west passes were only included as a sub-category within passes following the Olympic break.

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SUC. EAST/WEST PASSES PER-60
0.39
0.96
0.47
SUC. EAST/WEST PASSES PER-60
ATT. EAST/WEST PASSES PER-60
0.41
1.09
0.56
ATT. EAST/WEST PASSES PER-60
EAST/WEST PASS SUCCESS-RATE
90.2%
88.0%
83.3%
EAST/WEST PASS SUCCESS-RATE
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Desharanais was the most productive passer in the offensive-zone. He not only had the top offensive-zone passing success-rate among the centres included here, he also had the top success-rate among all Habs players for the second-straight season.

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OVERALL SUC. O-ZONE PASSES PER-60
18.16
24.36
21.58
OVERALL SUC. O-ZONE PASSES PER-60
OVERALL ATT. O-ZONE PASSES PER-60
33.82
37.36
38.33
OVERALL ATT. O-ZONE PASSES PER-60
OVERALL O-ZONE PASSING SUCCESS-RATE
53.7%
65.2%
56.9%
OVERALL O-ZONE PASSING SUCCESS-RATE
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Desharnais produced the most passes for 1-timers among centres, while Plekanec attempted the most 1-timers among centres.

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PASSES FOR 1-TIMERS  PER-60
0.33
0.52
0.05
PASSES FOR 1-TIMERS  PER-60
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1-TIMERS  PER-60
0.29
0.17
0.23
1-TIMERS  PER-60
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Desharnais failed to control more passes in the offensive-zone directed toward him per-60.

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MISSES PASSES PER-60
0.78
1.22
1.17
MISSES PASSES PER-60
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OFFENSIVE-ZONE DEKES

Eller contributed the most successful open-ice and wall-dekes per-60 among Habs centres. In terms of success-rate, Eller had the top success-rate when attempting open-ice dekes, while Plekanec had the top success-rate along the boards.

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SUC. O-ZONE open-ice DEKES PER-60
3.25
4.44
5.86
SUC. O-ZONE open-ice DEKES PER-60
ATT. O-ZONE open-ice  DEKES PER-60
6.08
8.66
9.57
ATT. O-ZONE open-ice DEKES PER-60
O-ZONE DEKE SUCCESS-RATE
53.4%
51.3%
61.3%
O-ZONE DEKE SUCCESS-RATE
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SUC. O-ZONE WALL DEKE PER-60
2.38
3.65
4.64
SUC. O-ZONE WALL DEKE PER-60
ATT. O-ZONE WALL DEKE PER-60
3.78
5.87
7.65
ATT. O-ZONE WALL DEKE PER-60
O-ZONE WALL DEKE SUCCESS-RATE
63.0%
62.2%
60.7%
O-ZONE WALL DEKE SUCCESS-RATE
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SHOTS

Plekanec attempted the most shots per-60 among Habs centres, and was able to get the most shots through to the net per-60. Desharnais had the top success-rate when attempting to get shots through, but attempted substantially fewer shots than Eller or Plekanec.

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SHOTS ON NET  PER-60
8.34
4.48
6.85
SHOTS ON NET  PER-60
ATT. SHOT PER-60
15.99
7.83
13.37
ATT. SHOT PER-60
SHOTS THROUGH SUCCESS-RATE
52.2%
57.2%
51.2%
SHOTS THROUGH SUCCESS-RATE
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Eller had more of his shots blocked by the opposition than either Plekanec or Desharnais, as 30% of his attempted shots were blocked.

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SHOTS THAT ARE BLOCKED PER-60
3.86
2.00
4.08
SHOTS THAT ARE BLOCKED  PER-60
ATT. SHOTS PER-60
15.99
7.83
13.37
ATT. SHOTS PER-60
% OF SHOTS THAT ARE BLOCKED
24.2%
25.6%
30.5%
% OF SHOTS THAT ARE BLOCKED
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Plekanec missed the net with more of his attempted shots than either Eller or Desharnais, as 23.7% of his attempted shots missed the net.

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SHOTS THAT MISS THE NET PER-60
3.78
1.35
2.44
SHOTS THAT MISS THE NET PER-60
ATT. SHOTS PER-60
15.99
7.83
13.37
ATT. SHOTS PER-60
% OF SHOTS THAT MISS THE NET
23.7%
17.2%
18.2%
% OF SHOTS THAT MISS THE NET
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Desharnais had the top true-shooting-percentage among Habs centres, as he scored with 7.8% of his attempted even-strength shots. Eller and Plekanec had identical TSP's as they scored with 4.6% of their attempted shots.

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2012-13 TRUE SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
5.1%
7.3%
5.3%
2012-13 TRUE SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
2013-14 TRUE SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
4.6%
7.8%
4.6%
2013-14 TRUE SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
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