Posts tagged “Stats”

Adjusted NHL Points Race (Minus Second Assists)

UPDATE
Here’s some links I’ve found that discuss the topic of second assists more:

Jamie Fitzpatrick discusses the give-and-go and line change scenarios that make the 2nd assist weak.

Interesting article from the Denver Post. Apparently Chris Snow, Wild director of hockey operations, has started to individually track first assists and second assists.

You haven’t heard the last from me on this one. I’ll try to periodically track the NHL scoring race and show the adjusted leaders minus their second assists.

-Brian

I haven’t posted in like 2 years, but I figured I’d post this because I found it a bit interesting. Matt’s probably wondering a) how did Brian remember his WordPress blogger login info? (it was saved on my computer with Firefox password saving) and/or b) is Brian really still registered as a contributor to this site? (apparently I am, for now at least…). But that’s part of the fun.

Thought it’d be interesting to see what the points race would look like if you subtracted out 2nd assists (through today’s games). I just took the top five in points and subtracted out of their 2nd assists:

Kovalchuk 34 adj pts
Lecavalier 31 adj pts
Crosby 31 adj pts
Zetterberg 28 adj pts
Iginla 27 adj pts

With 2nd assists included however,

Lecavalier 42 pts
Kovalchuk 37 pts
Zetterberg 37 pts
Crosby 37 pts
Iginla 36 pts

Pretty much what I expected – obviously it’s going to hurt the playmakers in some way and favor the goal scorers. I just wanted to see who had the most primary assists among these players and if there was anyone who had a disproportionate number of secondary assists.

Kovalchuk is the leading goal scorer (and only has 3 second assists), so he leads in that adjusted format. Lecavalier has 11 second assists of his 24 assists, while Crosby only has 6 second assists of his 23 assists. Zetterberg has 9 second assists of 19 assists. Of the players listed, Henrik had the only second assist on an empty net goal! I was expecting a few more of those than just that one for all these players. Finally, Iginla has 9 second assists of his 21 assists.

Note: Daniel Alfredsson left off due to time constraints (He currently has 37 points).

Hank’s production

As a big Henrik Zetterberg fan, I have to draw attention to this blurb from The Sports Forecaster:

Zetterberg, who turned 27 last week, ended the 2006-07 campaign with 49 points in his final 31 contests. Including this year’s 13 points, that works out to 62 points in his last 38 regular season games, which pro-rates to 134 points over a full season. … Over his last 147 games, he is an astonishing plus-60.

Nice numbers to have on hand when someone tries to tell you Zetterberg isn’t a Grade-A superstar in the NHL. (via Snapshots)

NHL updates game reports

The two best new features: a list of players on the ice for each item in the play-by-play and the name of the player who drew the penalty. I’m happy about this because it’ll make writing game reports easier and help ensure accuracy. No more guessing on a penalty not quite caught on camera and no more wondering who that player getting laid out on the edge of the screen was. Also, The format is cleaner and the information is easier to find at a glance, which beats the old look by a long shot. To see it the updates in action, see the reports for the LA/Anaheim game last night. (via On the Forecheck, see post here)

Bruce MacLeod: Penalties Drawn

By posting items beyond updates from practice or immediate reactions to games, Bruce MacLeod is showing that he’s taking his new blog somewhat more seriously than his colleagues. His latest post is an interesting one that provides numbers on the penalties drawn per player thus far in the Wings/Flames series. Perhaps of more interest is the bottom section, which lists all the Detroit players who drew penalties during the regular season. Who was #1? Henrik Zetterberg, with 38.

These kinds of things give you some idea of who’s being most active offensively (defenders are more likely to commit penalties against standouts) as well as who’s getting under the opposition’s skin the most (such as Kirk Maltby, who drew 33).