18 October 2011
After looking at it: So, is the The Avs 3rd line: featuring Winnik(26)-O'Reilly(20)-Landeskog(18) protected?
I don't think so, but I guess it's possible that I wasn't noticing something. So I checked the quick and dirty: That line is taking ~ only 1/3 of their faceoffs in the Offensive zone
The response: "They aren't facing quality competition"
So I decided to look that up as well
VS Detroit: Shots/Fenwick/Corsi --- HeadtoHead
@ Boston: Shots/Fenwick/Corsi --- HeadtoHead
@ Columbus: Shots/Fenwick/Corsi --- HeadtoHead
@ Ottawa: Shots/Fenwick/Corsi --- HeadtoHead
@ Montreal: Shots/Fenwick/Corsi --- HeadtoHead
@ Toronto: Shots/Fenwick/Corsi --- HeadtoHead
Against Detroit they faced off against: Kindl, Ericsson, Helm, Filpulla, Abdelkader
Against Boston: Corvo, Seidenberg, Seguin, Ference, McQuaid
Against Columbus: Carter, Nash, Martinek, Prospal, Tyutin
Ottawa: Cowen, Alfredsson, Gonchar, Karlsson, Kuba
Montreal: Gorges, Diaz, Descharnes, Pacioretty, Kostitsyn
Toronto: Kessel, Lupul, Liles, Fransen, Bozak
Now those aren't the top lines, well except Carter/Nash and Kessel/Lupul, but those are some pretty good lines.
So how is that 3rd line doing against those above-average NHLers: 4g-6a-9points Despite starting i their own zone 2/3 of the time!
also, their Corsi %' on the season (minus the Tornto game which isn't in the stats yet): Winnik - .602 ... O'Reilly - .599 ... Landeskog - .592
Again 2/3 of their faceoffs are in the Defensive zone, yet they are dominating their opponents: Real good NHL players, possessionally.
(All Small sample size caveats apply, FYI)
I think it's safe to say that, No: They are not being protected. In fact, other teams should start thinking of protecting their players from Winnik-O'Reilly-Landeskog
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