Updated Effectiveness Bubble Charts through 3/3

As the shortened season moves into March, here's an updated look at how effective each Penguin's player is while they are on the ice. Each bubble chart plots a player's corsi relative quality of opponent (on the y axis) vs two different measures of effectiveness. Feel free to take a look at the past charts here:, and here:

The first is Goal Differential, simply the number of goals forced per 60 minutes played minus the number of goals allowed per 60 minutes played while on the ice. I chose this because at the end of the day, the one stat that really matters is who scored more goals (sound like John Madden anyone?) There hasn't been a ton of movement since the last graph I made, but players are starting to separate a little more.



A few points about this chart:

  • Sutter has had an excellent run, playing against tough competition and outscoring them
  • Crosby and Kunitz are studs, as we all know
  • Malkin and Neal are moving closer to even on the goal differential front, which is good news for us
  • Interesting to see a number of defensemen joining the group with a positive goal differential

The second chart uses Zone Differential. This is more of a look at how players are affecting the play while on the ice. Do they tilt the ice in the Pen's favor, or not? I calculated this stat by subtracting a player's offensive zone start percentage from their offensive zone finish percentage.



Some observations here:

  • Adams and Vitale are doing their jobs, often starting in the defensive zone and getting the pucks out
  • Malkin gets a ton of offensive zone starts
Enjoy these charts, any and all feedback is welcome.

The content expressed in fanposts does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the staff here at 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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