Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Vs. Chicago, 2-1 ot win, April 5, 2011

 Price shuts the door; 42 times

PK Subban played the hero, while Brent Sopel's steady play garnered him the game's top grade, as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1. The Habs finished with a team grade of 69; six percentage-points above their season average.


Offensive-zone team-averages by period

Montreal's winning percentage when engaging in offensive-zone puck-battles was their top grade in any of the 3 zones, and the only puck-battle grade above their season average. The offensive zone passing percentage was well above the previous game against New Jersey, and the success-rate for offensive-zone deaks was also above the previous game's average.

The success-rate for skate-ins was 2 points below the season average, while the success rate for dump-ins was 5 points under the season average. The Habs tallied a similar number of offensive-zone takeaways in each of the 3 periods.

METRIC AFTER 1ST AFTER 2ND TM WIN% METRIC
%OZPBW 70 65 62 %OZPBW
OZPASS% 80 81 77 OZPASS%
OZDEAK% 64 65 62 OZDEAK%
SKI% 79 76 77 SKI%
DI% 70 77 75 DI%
OZTA 8 13 20 OZTA
METRIC AFTER 1ST AFTER 2ND TM WIN% METRIC


Offensive-zone player averages

Brian Gionta continued his dominance in the offensive-zone; number 21 won 70 percent of his offensive-zone puck battles to, once again, lead all forwards. Five Habs completed 100% of their offensive-zone pass attempts, including the previously mentioned captain.

Gomez's attempts to beat opposition players 1 on 1 was successful just 33% of the time, while Plekanec and Gionta were among a group of 5 players who were perfect in this category. Mike Cammalleri had a strong game offensively, but struggled entering the offensive-zone. Number 13 was successful with only 43% of his attempts to carry the puck into the o-zone.

Gionta also led the team with 3 offensive-zone takeaways. Five other players shared second place with 2 OZTAs each.

METRIC 6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31 METRIC TEAM TOT
%OZPBW
62 53 57
88 70 100 55
100
52

43 50 100 40 25


90 100 50 67
%OZPBW 62
OZPASS%
67 71 93
68 100 100 55
67
92

75 100 50 100 67


71 78 100 80
OZPASS% 77
OZDEAK%
33 50 100
0 100
0


50


100
0




100 67 100
OZDEAK% 62
SKI%
83 43 100
100 67
100


80

0 100
100 50




100 100
SKI% 77
DI%
100 40 100
100 71 0 83
50



100 67 100 100 40


100 100 100 0
DI% 75
OZTA
0 2 1
1 3 0 2
0
1

2 0 1 1 2


0 2 1 1
OZTA 20

6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TEAM TOT


Defensive-zone player and team averages

It was a tough night in the defensive-zone for many defenseman. The team average vs Chicago was 13 percentage-points below the overall team average. Brent Sopel was in fact, the only defenseman with a success-rate for defensive-zone puck-battles above the team's overall season average. Both Hal Gill and Paul Mara were successful with 100% of their defensive-zone pass attempts, while David Desharnais was also perfect in this category. Carey Price helped out the d-men by completing 79% of his defensive-zone pass attempts; four percentage-points above the team average.

The Habs picked their spots when trying to beat Chicago players 1 on 1 in the defensive-zone, as the Habs were successful with every deak attempt in the d-zone. Roman Hamrlik and PK Subban led all d-men with 5 defensive-zone takeaways, while Tom Pyatt was tops among forwards with an identical 5 DZTAs.

Brent Sopel helped his grade substantially with his work blocking shots. Number 55 blocked 6 shots in the defensive-zone to lead all players. Sopel's closest competition was Mara and James Wisniewski, who had 3 blocked shots each.


6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TEAM TOT
%DZPBW
60 60 33
39 33 36 100
40
100

33 0 64 75 50


42 54 33 25
%DZPBW 47
DZPASS%
75 43 75
77 80 100 50
70
83

80
79 57 100


100 68 67 67 79 DZPASS% 75
DZDEAK%
100


100











100




100 100

DZDEAK% 100
DZTA
3 0 1
4 2 1 1
5
0

1 0 2 1 3


2 5 4 5 0 DZTA 40
DZ-BL-SHOT
0 0 0
3 0 3 2
1
0

1 1 6 0 1


0 0 0 1 0 DZ-BL-SHOT 19
DZ-BL-PASS
0 0 1
2 0 2 0
0
0

1 0 1 0 0


2 0 0 1 1 DZ-BL-PASS 11

6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TEAM TOT


Neutral-zone player and team averages

The Canadiens won 10% less neutral-zone puck-battles than their season average, while Gill had the least success completing neutral-zone passes. Number 75 completed only 43% of his NZPASS attempts, slightly better than Tom Pyatt's mark of 50.

Gill made up for his passing struggles by leading the team in neutral-zone takeaways, as the big man managed 4 neutral-zone takeaways.


6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TEAM TOT
%NZPBW
50 50 0
50 33 50 50
33
50

33 100 100 0 50


67 100
100
%NZPBW 46
NZPASS%
75 83 100
83 100 100 0
100
100

100 100 75 100



43 60
50
NZPASS% 71
NZDEAK%

















100 50



0


NZDEAK% 50
NZTA
0 1 0
2 1 0 1
0
1

0 0 1 0 1


4 1
0
NZTA 13

6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TEAM TOT


Player shots through / blocked / missed

Chicago did a good job of blocking Habs shots, or forcing players to shoot wide. Montreal was only able to get 58% of their shots through to the net; 4 percentage-points below their season average.Wisniewski struggled the most within this category. Number 20 wasn't able to get any of his 3 shot attempts through traffic.



6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TEAM TOT
SHOTS THRU%
50 80 75
0 33 100 100
75
60

67 100
0



33 67 33 50
SHOTS THRU% 58

































Team and player faceoff percentages

The Habs struggled in 3 of 5 faceoff categories. Montreal was below their season average in defensive-zone even strength and shorthanded faceoffs. The Canadiens had one of their best games in the faceoff circle as far as neutral zone faceoffs were concerned; winning 67% of their neutral-zone faceoffs.

Montreal won 60% of their offensive-zone powerplay faceoffs. Not only was this total 3 points above their season average, but it was also a big factor in the Habs win.


6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TEAM TOT
DZFOW%
60 100 50

0

















20

DZFOW% 43
DZPKFOW%


50














0







DZPKFOW% 43
OZPPFOW%

100 33























OZPPFOW% 60
OZFOW%
50 0 0











0

0




50

OZFOW% 31
NZFOW%
100
43














67




100

NZFOW% 67

6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TEAM TOT


Overall individual stats

Mathieu Darche (59) and David Desharnais (59) had the lowest grades.  Darche's grade was the product of winning only 8 of 22 puck-battles, while Desharnais struggled in faceoffs, dump-ins and offensive-zone puck battles.

Sopel's work in the defensive-zone carried him to the game's top mark (82). As previously mentioned he blocked 6 shots, while completing 11 defensive-zone passes and winning 7 of 11 defensive-zone puck-battles.

Gionta completed all 10 of his offensive-zone pass attempts, and 12 of 15 defensive-zone pass attempts to carry his grade.



6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TM TOT
OZPBW
8 8 13
7 7 4 6
2
11

3 1 3 4 1


9 5 3 4
OZPBW 99
OZPBL
5 7 10
1 3
5


10

4 1
6 3


1
3 2
OZPBL 61
OZPASS+
8 10 14
15 10 2 6
4
11

3 2 2 3 2


5 7 3 4
OZPASS+ 111
OZPASS-
4 4 1
7

5
2
1

1
2
1


2 2
1
OZPASS- 33
OZDEAK+
1 1 3

2




1


1






1 2 1
OZDEAK+ 13
OZDEAK-
2 1

1

1


1




1





1

OZDEAK- 8
SKI +
5 3 3
1 4
2


4


3
3 1




2 3
SKI + 34
SKI-
1 4


2




1

1


1







SKI- 10
DI+
5 2 4
1 5
5
1



2 2 2 1 2


3 4 1

DI+ 40
DI-

3


2 1 1
1




1

3





1
DI- 13
OZTA

2 1
1 3
2


1

2
1 1 2



2 1 1
OZTA 20

6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TM TOT
DZPBW
3 3 3
7 2 5 4
6
2

2
7 3 4


8 15 1 1
DZPBW 76
DZPBL
2 2 6
11 4 9

9



4 2 4 1 4


11 13 2 3
DZPBL 87
DZPASS+
6 3 3
17 12 5 1
14
5

4
11 4 5


10 19 2 2 11 DZPASS+ 134
DZPASS-
2 4 1
5 3
1
6
1

1
3 3




9 1 1 3 DZPASS- 44
DZDEAK+
1


2











1




4 2

DZDEAK+ 10
DZDEAK-



























DZDEAK- 0
DZTA
3
1
4 2 1 1
5



1
2 1 3


2 5 4 5
DZTA 40
DZ-BL-SHOT




3
3 2
1



1 1 6
1





1
DZ-BL-SHOT 19
DZ-BL-PASS


1
2
2






1
1




2

1 1 DZ-BL-PASS 11

6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TM TOT
NZPBW
1 2

1 1 1 2
1
2

3 2 1
1


2 1
3
NZPBW 24
NZPBL
1 2 4
1 2 1 2
2
2

6

3 1


1



NZPBL 28
NZPASS+
6 5 3
5 2 1

1
1

2 1 3 2



3 3
2
NZPASS+ 40
NZPASS-
2 1

1

3







1




4 2
2
NZPASS- 16
NZDEAK+

















1 1







NZDEAK+ 2
NZDEAK-


















1



1


NZDEAK- 2
NZTA

1

2 1
1


1



1
1


4 1


NZTA 13

6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TM TOT
DZFOW
3 1 1




















1

DZFOW 6
DZFOL
2
1

1

















4

DZFOL 8
DZPKFOW


3























DZPKFOW 3
DZPKFOL


3














1







DZPKFOL 4
OZPPFOW

2 1























OZPPFOW 3
OZPPFOL


2























OZPPFOL 2
OZFOW
3






















2

OZFOW 5
OZFOL
3 1 2











1

2




2

OZFOL 11
NZFOW
3
3














2




2

NZFOW 10
NZFOL


4














1







NZFOL 5

6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TM TOT
Shot THRU
1 4 3

1 3 1
3
3

2 2





1 6 1 1
PS THRU 32
Shot BL/missed
1 1 1
3 2


1
2

1

3



2 3 2 1
OZ PS BL 23
POINTS X2

4



2



4










2


POINTS X2 12
+/-
-1 1 1
-1 -1 1

-1
1

-1
1









+/- 0
SHOTS
1 5 2
1 3 2 1


5

2 2
2



2 5 1 1
SHOTS 35

6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TM TOT
WINS 0 60 57 61 0 68 54 32 34 0 37 0 52 0 0 27 17 41 26 26 0 0 0 51 80 28 30 12 WINS 793
BATTLES 0 83 86 97 0 99 74 42 52 0 59 0 69 0 0 46 22 50 43 44 0 0 0 72 110 43 41 15 BATTLES 1147
GRADE
72 66 63
69 73 76 65
63
75

59 77 82 60 59


71 73 65 73 80 GRADE 69
PLAYER 6 11 13 14 15 20 21 22 32 34 44 45 46 47 51 52 53 55 57 58 63 67 68 75 76 81 94 31
TM GR


Why they won

-Did you see those 2 saves by Price?......ya, me too!