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The 2012 NHL Playoffs: 14 April Game 2’s Con’t


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…

OTT @ NYR, 7p (ET) – NYR leads series 1-0

Our series call (and all others for Round 1) was for a NYR victory in six or seven games. The Rangers were the dominant victor.

By-Player analysis after Game 1 indicates 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, Michalek of OTT leads Hagelin of NYR in both total statistical numbers and those numbers’ overall, statistical percentage of team output. Both players have one goal from Game 1. Michalek’s statistical lead comes from TOI and Shifts Per Game. The bigger issue is that the Nos. 2 and 3 LWs are both statistically more dominant tha the Rangers’ No. 2.
  • At C, Boyle of NYR is out playing Spezza of OTT in total numbers and by a full 2% of total team output. Boyle’s +/-, Shooting %, and Hits and Blocks put him ahead. It also does not hurt Boyle’s one goal is thegame winner.
  • At RW, Callahan of NYR is just ahead of OTT’s Alfredsson in both of our measured categories. Callahan’s +/- and Hits are what put him in front.
  • At D, Kuba of OTT outpaces NYR’s Girardi as the leading Defenseman in both categories. Kuba’s SOG and Shifts Per Game are the difference here.
  • In G, Lundqvist’s Win and Save % for NYR gives him better statistical numbers than OTT’s Anderson.

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

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

Despite the Game 1 score, this is still a close series. If the Rangers cannot find the net for three or more in any game, OTT could be that contest’s victor.

Today’s analysis of SJS @ STL and CHI @ PHX will all be posted before their opening faceoffs…

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