We continue today’s analysis for the OTT @ NYR 2012 NHL Playoff Game 2 on Saturday, 14 April. We will continue to address the other games today before their starting time…
SJS @ STL, 7:30p (ET) – SJS leads series 1-0
Our series call (and all others for Round 1) was for a STL victory in six games. The Game 1 outcome in the 2nd OT indicates a tight rivalry ensues in this series.
We now turn to our by-player, Game 1 analysis of who is having the most impact for their team in terms of total percentage of statistical output for the 16 categories we are watching:
- At LW, Steen of STL leads SJS’ Marleau in both total statistical numbers and those numbers’ overall, statistical percentage of team output. The difference here is Steen’s Assist, SOG, TOI and Shifts Per Game.
- At C, Berglund of STL is out playing Thornton of SJS by a significant margin in both categories we cover. Berglund’s two Goals, +/-, SOG, TOI and Shifts Per Game are the difference.
- At RW, Pavelski of SJS is just ahead of STL’s Oshie in both of our measured categories. Pavelski’s +/- SOG and TOI are the difference.
- At D, Shattenkirk of STL leads SJS’ Boyle at the Defenseman position in both categories. The SOG, Hits and Blocks are the categories Shattenkirk leads in because Boyle has more Points, a better +/- and more TOI.
- In G, Niemi’s Win and Save % for SJS gives him better statistical numbers than STL’s Halak.
What is interesting about all of the individual leaders above is that the distance between each teams’ leaders is small and the team who ‘won’ three position leaders to two failed to take home the Win.
For teams as a whole, STL’s stats pack barely leads the SJS’ despite losing the game. By-position, the leaders are:
- LW – STL
- C – STL
- RW – SJS; this position holds the largest discrepancy between the two clubs.
- D – STL
- G – SJS
With STL leading the team stats categories overall 3 – 2 and losing the game, it might be interesting to note the two that SJS dominated is where th win came from – Havlat at RW for SJS had the game winning goal and Niemi had eight more saves than Halak and the win. All in all, this series is so close statistically speaking that victory is likely to swing the other way in Game 2 and remain a seesaw battle throughout the series at this, sustained pace.
Today’s final analysis of CHI @ PHX will all be posted before their opening faceoffs…