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Why the Penguins miss Letang

The zone exit tracking project is something I put together (you may remember a fanpost I posted here earlier the summer. Basically, I have someone tracking zone exits (i.e. when a team gets the puck out of their defensive zone) for many NHL teams.

Below is the even strength zone exits for last night's game vs the Canes. The 3rd column (titled # of exits) details how many zone exits a penguins player had. The 5th column (titled # successful) details how many times that player got the puck out of the zone. The 6th column (titled # w/possesion) details how many were with possession (i.e. carrying or successful passes).

# Name # of exits # Failed # Successful # w/ Possession % w/ Possession % of posession attempts when on ice
9 5 0 5 4 0.8 -
12 3 0 3 2 0.666666666667 -
15 3 0 3 2 0.666666666667 -
14 7 0 7 4 0.571428571429 -
17 1 0 1 1 1.0 -
16 4 0 4 3 0.75 -
46 4 1 3 1 0.25 -
44 7 0 7 3 0.428571428571 -
29 1 0 1 0 0.0 -
36 6 0 6 5 0.833333333333 -
27 4 0 4 2 0.5 -
3 10 0 10 1 0.1 -
2 15 0 15 3 0.2 -
4 5 0 5 1 0.2 -
7 3 0 3 0 0.0 -
71 3 0 3 2 0.666666666667 -
41 6 1 5 1 0.166666666667 -
87 8 1 7 3 0.375 -
79 1 0 1 1 1.0 -

So why do the Penguins miss Letang? Look at Niskanen (#2) and Matta (#3). They both carried the load in terms of zone exits, but they had a ton of trouble leaving the zone with possession, something I am sure Letang will not have trouble with upon his return.

Cheers!

(from a Flyers fan)

-Pierce Cunneen

@pcunneen19

The content expressed in fanposts does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the staff here at Pensburgh.com. FanPosts are opinions expressed by fans of various teams throughout the league but may be more Pittsburgh-centric for obvious reasons.

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