Monday, April 29, 2013

Habs individual player short-handed numbers

Subban Habs most-productive penalty-killer

Special teams will likely decide the series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators. In four games this season the Senators scored 5 powerplay goals, while Montreal managed 4 powerplay goals of their own. In fact, the Habs managed only 3 even-strength goals through the four games.

The graph included below displays the amount of successful plays each Montreal Canadiens player produced per-minute of short-handed ice-time.

Among defensemen with substantial short-handed ice-time we see that PK Subban is far-and-away the Habs top short-handed player. Subban recovers far more loose-pucks while short-handed than any other d-man, while also producing the most successful dump-outs per-minute played; key plays in any team's penalty-kill. Subban also intercepts the most opposition passes while short-handed, while Josh Gorges blocks the most shots.

Among forwards with substantial short-handed ice-time, we see that Lars Eller, Travis Moen, and Brandon Prust produce the most successful short-handed plays per-minute of ice-time. Eller recovers the most loose-pucks, while Prust contributes the most successful dump-outs.  Moen for his part, blocks the most shots, and intercepts the most short-handed opposition passes; reason enough for Moen to make his way onto the playoff roster.

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