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The 2012 NHL Playoffs: 14 April Game 2′s Fin


Our final analysis today is the CHI @ PHX 2012 NHL Playoff Game 2 on Saturday, 14 April…

CHI @ PHX, 10p (ET) – PHX leads series 1-0

Our series call (and all others for Round 1) calls for a PHX victory in seven games. The Game 1 OT outcome indicates another 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, Whitney of PHX leads CHI’s Bickell in total statistical numbers. Bickell is the leader in the overall, statistical percentage of team output between the two players, however. This pair of players are so close, the difference for Whitney is TOI in total numbers and SOG for Bickell in overall percentage.
  • At C, Hanzal of PHX with the GWG is out playing Kane of CHI in both categories we cover. Hanzal’s GWG in OT, Shooting % and combined 11 Hits and Blocks are the source of the difference. Hanzal will be keyed upon by CHI’s players in Game 2.
  • At RW, Doan of PHX is just ahead of CHI’s Hossa in both of our measured categories. Doan’s TOI, Shifts Per Game, Faceoff % and Hits are the difference here.
  • At D, Seabrook of CHI leads PHX’s Ekman-Larsson at the Defenseman position in both categories by a decent margin. Seabrook’s one Goal, +/- and six Hits put him out front.
  • In G, Smith’s OT Win and Save % for PHX give him better statistical numbers than CHI’s Crawford.

For teams as a whole, PHX’s stats pack barely leads CHI’s. By-position, the leaders are:

  • LW – PHX; this position holds the largest discrepancy between the two clubs.
  • C – CHI
  • RW – CHI
  • D – PHX
  • G – PHX

STL obviously leads the team stats categories overall 3 – 2. But unlike with SJS in Game 1, PHX’s win comes from the Center position where CHI was dominant overall. This series remains close, and it will take the Coyote’s defensive skill and dominance in goal to win Game 2.

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