Monday, April 11, 2011

A look at the Habs centremen heading into the first round series against Boston

A look at grades and averages by metric for Habs centremen
(Grades vs. Boston this season are below)


Tomas Plekanec led all Canadiens centremen with a mark of 63. Plekanec's final grade was 2 percentage-points above his closest rival.

1.Tomas Plekanec (63)
2. Scott Gomez (61)
3. David Desharnais (61)
4. Lars Eller (61)
5. Jeff Halpern (60)

#14 Tomas Plekanec

Despite leading all centremen in points, Plekanec's top grade is the product of his work in the defensive-zone. He led all pivots in defensive-zone puck-battle winning percentage, defensive-zone takeaways, defensive-zone blocked shots, and defensive-zone blocked passes. Plekanecs' total for neutral-zone takeaways is nearly double that of his closest rival, while he also has the top winning percentage in both defensive-zone faceoff categories.

#11 Scott Gomez

Gomez's grade is buoyed by his work carrying the puck through the neutral-zone. He leads all centremen in success-rate when carrying the puck into the offensive-zone, as well as successful neutral-zone passes and deaks. That said, Gomez has the second-most neutral-zone giveaways, and the lowest success-rate when engaging in neutral-zone puck-battles. He has the second-lowest offensive-zone puck-battle winning percentage, while completing the lowest percentage of offensive-zone passes when compared to the 4 other centremen. Gomez leads all centremen in both offensive-zone faceoff categories.

#58 David Desharnais

Desharnais has the second-highest offensive-production among centres. He also has the top winning percentage when engaging in offensive-zone puck-battles to go along with a team-leading 7 offensive-zone takeaways. Desharnais struggles in the defensive-zone. He has the lowest defensive-zone puck-battle winning percentage, and the second lowest completion-rate for defensive-zone pass-attempts.

#81 Lars Eller

Eller's mark is hurt by his work in the offensive-zone faceoff circle, and his inability to get shots through to the net. That said, he has the second-best success-rate when engaging in offensive and defensive-zone puck-battles. He leads all centremen in offensive-zone passing percentage, and is among the leaders in offensive-zone takeaways despite enjoying substantially less ice-time.

#15 Jeff Halpern

Surprisingly enough, Halpern's low-mark is the product of an inability to win faceoffs in the offensive-zone. Halpern has won only 33% of his offensive-zone faceoffs. He leads all centres in neutral-zone puck-battle winning percentage, while having the second-best success rate when dumping the puck into the offensive-zone.


Overall


11 14 15 58 81
TM TOT
OZPBW 337 321 134 279 251 OZPBW 4278
OZPBL 304 265 122 186 202 OZPBL 3293
OZPASS+ 31 44 0 25 19 OZPASS+ 390
OZPASS- 19 14 0 8 4 OZPASS- 160
OZDEAK+ 5 9 0 6 3 OZDEAK+ 58
OZDEAK- 3 2 0 6 4 OZDEAK- 40
SKI + 209 189 51 113 89 SKI + 1948
SKI- 53 60 18 34 37 SKI- 740
DI+ 127 141 86 73 78 DI+ 1946
DI- 28 43 20 23 29 DI- 533
OZTA 3 7 0 7 6 OZTA 73

11 14 15 58 81
TM TOT
DZPBW 186 172 121 124 158 DZPBW 3947
DZPBL 148 99 80 104 97 DZPBL 2777
DZPASS 30 20 0 11 11 DZPASS 558
DZPASS- 7 10 0 5 4 DZPASS- 228
DZDEAK+ 5 0 0 0 4 DZDEAK+ 37
dZDEAK- 0 1 0 1 2 dZDEAK- 14
DZTA 30 39 21 21 20 DZTA 535
DZGA 40 42 25 19 23 DZGA 884
DZ-BL-SHOT 16 30 17 20 15 DZ-BL-SHOT 611
DZ-BL-PASS 1 4 0 1 0 DZ-BL-PASS 56

11 14 15 58 81
TM TOT
NZPBW 92 76 41 89 78 NZPBW 1038
NZPBL 106 67 28 71 68 NZPBL 821
NZPASS+ 23 15 0 4 5 NZPASS+ 189
NZPASS- 2 6 0 1 2 NZPASS- 65
NZDEAK+ 1 1 0 2 4 NZDEAK+ 23
NZDEAK- 0 1 0 1 1 NZDEAK- 7
NZTA 19 34 17 21 16 NZTA 471
NZGA 41 53 28 29 19 NZGA 667

11 14 15 58 81
TM TOT
DZFOW 65 76 35 59 38 DZFOW 300
DZFOL 81 63 33 55 34 DZFOL 300
DZPKFOW 10 67 12 7 0 DZPKFOW 111
DZPKFOL 13 71 18 10 0 DZPKFOL 122
OZPPFOW 60 41 0 9 0 OZPPFOW 119
OZPPFOL 37 33 0 18 0 OZPPFOL 92
OZFOW 92 82 16 37 28 OZFOW 277
OZFOL 72 82 35 52 35 OZFOL 327
NZFOW 11 12 0 3 4 NZFOW 30
NZFOL 5 13 0 4 6 NZFOL 29

11 14 15 58 81
TM TOT
Shot THRU 21 27 2 7 7 PS THRU 658
Shot BL/missed 14 30 1 6 11 OZ PS BL 419
POINTS X2 40 54 20 44 22 POINTS X2 652
+/- -8 3 0 -3 -3 +/- -6
SHOTS 97 129 31 55 32 SHOTS 1398

11 14 15 58 81
TM TOT
WINS 1503 1593 604 1014 885 WINS 19697
BATTLES 2484 2545 1012 1650 1466 BATTLES 31221
GRADE 61 63 60 61 60 GRADE 63
PLAYER 11 14 15 58 81
TM GR


Overall percentage by metric

METRIC 11 14 15 58 81 METRIC TEAM TOT
%OZPBW 53 55 52 60 55 %OZPBW 57
OZPASS% 62 76
76 83 OZPASS% 71
OZDEAK% 63 82
50 43 OZDEAK% 59
SKI% 80 76 74 77 71 SKI% 72
DI% 82 77 81 76 73 DI% 78
OZTA 3 7 0 7 6 OZTA 73

11 14 15 58 81
TEAM TOT
%DZPBW 56 63 60 54 62 %DZPBW 59
DZPASS% 81 67
69 73 DZPASS% 71
DZDEAK% 100 0
0 67 DZDEAK% 73
DZTA 30 39 21 21 20 DZTA 535
DZGA 40 42 25 19 23

DZ-BL-SHOT 16 30 17 20 15 DZ-BL-SHOT 611
DZ-BL-PASS 1 4 0 1 0 DZ-BL-PASS 56

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TEAM TOT
%NZPBW 46 53 59 56 53 %NZPBW 56
NZPASS% 92 71
80 71 NZPASS% 74
NZDEAK% 100 50
67 80 NZDEAK% 77
NZTA 19 34 17 21 16 NZTA 471
NZGA 41 53 28 29 19
667

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TEAM TOT
DZFOW% 45 55 51 52 53 DZFOW% 50
DZPKFOW% 43 49 40 41
DZPKFOW% 48
OZPPFOW% 62 55
33
OZPPFOW% 56
OZFOW% 56 50 31 42 44 OZFOW% 46
NZFOW% 69 48
43 40 NZFOW% 51

11 14 15 58 81
TEAM TOT
SHOTS THRU% 60 47 67 54 39 SHOTS THRU% 61










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Vs. Boston (4 games)

Ranking the centres against Boston produces the same order as we get against the rest of the league. However, the final grades run 2 to 6 percentage-points lower against the Bruins.

1.Tomas Plekanec (60) -3 points below his season average
2. Scott Gomez (59) -2 points below his season average
3. David Desharnais (58) -3 points below his season average
4. Lars Eller (55) -5 points below his season average
5. Jeff Halpern (54) -6 points below his season average

Grades vs. Boston

PLAYER 11 14 15 58 81
TM GRADE
WINS 141 132 55 83 61
1633
BATTLES 240 221 101 143 110
2689
GRADE 59 60 54 58 55 GRADE 61
PLAYER 11 14 15 58 81
TM GRADE


#14 Tomas Plekanec


Plekanec has won 19% more of his defensive-zone puck-battles against Boston than any other centreman. He also leads with an 88% success-rate when dumping the puck into the offensive-zone, but unlike his previous season-total, number 14 has struggled in the defensive-zone faceoff circle; particularly at even-strength.


#11 Scott Gomez

Gomez has below average marks in the defensive-zone, but above average marks in the offensive zone. His success-rate carrying the puck into the offensive-zone against the Bruins is the team's best, while his success-rate when engaging in offensive-zone puck-battles is second only to Eller. His success-rate for defensive-zone puck-battles is low, but his winning percentage for neutral-zone puck-battles is an absolutely horrendous 38%.


#58 David Desharnais


Desharnais has had the most offensive-success of any Habs' centre against Boston. He is also the only pivot not in the minus. He is below the team-average in both offensive and neutral-zone puck-battles, while his success-rate when attempting to carry the puck into the offensive-zone is an uncharacteristically low 60%. Desharnais has also struggled with special-team faceoffs; he has been successful with only 33% of his defensive-zone penalty-killing faceoffs, and only 20% of his offensive-zone powerplay faceoffs.


#81 Lars Eller

Eller has been brutal in the faceoff circle against the B's. He's managed to win only 38% of his defensive-zone faceoffs, and 25% of his offensive-zone faceoffs. That said, he has the top success-rate when engaging in offensive-zone puck-battles, while amassing the same amount of points as Gomez and Plekanec. Eller has had difficulty in the neutral-zone against Boston. He's won only 36% of his neutral-zone puck-battles, while his success rates for both dump-ins and carry-ins are the lowest among centremen.


#15 Jeff Halpern

Halpern's success-rates for puck-battles in all 3 zones is among the lowest on the entire team. His only solid play has come when dumping the puck into the offensive-zone and winning defensive-zone faceoffs.


Percentages by metric (vs Boston)


11 14 15 58 81
TEAM TOT
%OZPBW 56 45 40 47 69 %OZPBW 54
%SKI + 85 69 0 75 64 %SKI + 79
%DI+ 86 88 86 60 50 %DI+ 81
%DZPBW 48 84 54 63 65 %DZPBW 57
%NZPBW 38 57 33 52 36 %NZPBW 55

11 14 15 58 81
TEAM TOT



11 14 15 58 81
TEAM TOT
%DZFOW 40 45 75 55 38 %DZFOW 47
%DZPKFOW 100 50 67 33
%DZPKFOW 59
%OZPPFOW 79 67
20
%OZPPFOW 67
%OZFOW 48 50 0 80 25 %OZFOW 45
%PS THRU 100 0


%PS THRU 73

11 14 15 58 81
TEAM TOT

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