Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Comparing the Habs season and playoff puck-possession tendencies

This post will compare the Montreal Canadiens puck-possession tendencies from the regular season, with their tendencies during the four-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning. It will also communicate the team's puck-possession success-rate in each zone, as well as the success-rates for each possible puck-possession play.

OFFENSIVE-ZONE

The Habs produced an offensive-zone puck-possession success-rate of 57.2% in the playoffs, compared to 55.4% in the season. They were less likely to pass the puck toward the slot, or cycle the puck during the playoffs. They were more likely to attempt to beat players 1on1 (deke) both in open-ice and along the boards. They attempted  a lower percentage of passes off the rush, as well as east/west passes during the playoffs, but were more likely to shoot during the playoffs than they were during the season.









In the offensive-zone Habs were successful with:
  • 32.1% of their attempted passes to the slot during the season, and 30.0% during the playoffs
  • 63.7% of attempted cycle passes during the season, and 61.2% in the playoffs
  • 61.8% of attempted passes off the rush during the season, and 59.6% in the playoffs
  • 82.8% of their east/west passes during the season, and 91.3% in the playoffs
  • 47.2% of their open-ice dekes during the season, and 65.9% in the playoffs
  • 50.4% of their wall-dekes during the season, and 59.8% in the playoffs
  • 53.6% of their attempts to get shots through to the net in the season, and 56.3% in the playoffs

O-ZONE CARRY-INS (PLAYER SKATES THE PUCK INTO OFFENSIVE-ZONE)

The Habs carried the puck into the offensive-zone 0.129 times per-minute during the season, and 0.130 times per-minute during the playoffs; giving them almost identical numbers.





DEFENSIVE-ZONE


The Habs produced a defensive-zone puck-possession success-rate of 75.2% in the playoffs, compared to 71.8% in the season. The Habs were less-likely to attempt a d-to-d pass, or an outlet pass during the playoffs. They were however, far more likely to dump the puck out during the playoffs, and slightly more likely to attempt a stretch pass.









In the defensive-zone the Habs were successful with:
  • 90.6% of their attempted d-to-d passes during the season, and 90.1% during the playoffs
  • 61.8% of attempted stretch passes during the season, and 81.7% in the playoffs
  • 70.1% of attempted outlet passes during the season, and 72.6% in the playoffs
  • 52.3% of their open-ice dekes during the season, and 66.7% in the playoffs
  • 54.3% of their wall-dekes during the season, and 54.2% in the playoffs
  • 67.1% of their attempts to dump the puck out in the season, and 72.0% in the playoffs
  • 40.7% of their rim-dumps during the season, and 47.8% in the playoffs

D-ZONE CARRY-INS (PLAYER SKATES THE PUCK OUT OF THE DEFENSIVE-ZONE)

The Habs carried the puck out of the defensive-zone 0.119 times per-minute during the season, but only 0.095 times per-minute in the playoffs.






NEUTRAL-ZONE

The Habs produced a neutral-zone puck-possession success-rate of 66.3% in the playoffs, compared to 65.7% in the season. They were less likely to attempt high-risk east/west passes, or dekes during the playoffs. They were more likely to dump the puck in during the playoffs, and substantially-more likely to dump the puck in by way of a chip-dump.






In the neutral-zone the Habs were successful with:
  • 80.4% of their attempted dump-ins during the season, and 77.8% during the playoffs
  • 80.5% of attempted chip-dumps during the season, and 79.9% in the playoffs
  • 72.1% of attempted east/west passes during the season, and 74.7% in the playoffs
  • 63.1% of their north/south passes during the season, and 57.1% in the playoffs
  • 49.4% of their open-ice dekes during the season, and 60.0% in the playoffs
  • 42.9% of their wall-dekes during the season, and 0.0% in the playoffs

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