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Updated Efficiency Bubble Charts

Sorry its been a little while since I have posted these, life gets busy sometimes. As with previous rounds there are two charts. Both use Corsi Relative Quality of Competition on the y-axis (so higher bubbles are facing tougher competition while lower bubbles are getting relatively easy competition). As well bubble size is determined by a player's time on the ice per every 60 minutes the team plays. Therefore players with bigger bubbles make a larger impact in terms of ice time than players with smaller bubbles. In this round I chose to color code the charts a little: defensemen's bubbles are a red/yellow fade, while the forwards all have varying shades of blue.

The first chart plots Zone Differential, which is simply the difference between the Offensive Zone Finish Percentage and Offensive Zone Start Percentage. I chose this stat because it indicates not only which players get more defensive duties relative to their teamates, but also which ones are tilting the ice in the Penguin's favor.

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A few points to note:

  • Vitale and Adams are still getting lots of D-Zone starts, but facing weaker competition than they had been
  • Everyone else is facing stronger competition than they had been seeing
  • Malkin is still getting a tone of O-Zone starts

The second chart uses Goal Differential (Goals For/60 while on the ice minus Goals Against/60 while on the ice). This is a pretty obvious measure of efficiency to me, simply because wins and loses are determined by who scores the most goals.

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Some points here:

  • the Crosby-Kunitz-Dupuis line is baller....who knew?
  • Our D-men are doing pretty well for themselves
  • Sutter is facing tough competition, and beating them
  • adding Eaton was a good choice (yea I know, small sample size).
  • Vitale-Adams-Glass can't score
Anyway that's it for this installment. As always, input is welcome. Let's Go Pens!


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