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Goligoski, Dupuis, Letang taking on bigger roles

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Friend of the blog James Mirtle gave us a rough table of how much ice-time individual Penguins play, compared to their roles last season. It didn't translate well here, and I had to update it, so I'm pretty proud of it. Let's take a look of all the players who have played in these playoff and last year for the Penguins.  Who's playing more, who's playing less, who's playing about the same? 

 

Player

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

ATOI

DIFFERENCE

Alex Goligoski

11

2

5

7

+2

2

20:38

10:17

Pascal Dupuis

11

2

5

7

+6

4

16:52

8:29

Kris Letang

11

4

1

5

-2

6

23:15

3:57

Sergei Gonchar

11

2

8

10

+6

2

26:47

3:41

Mark Eaton

11

0

2

2

-2

4

21:36

3:29

Brooks Orpik

11

0

2

2

+4

12

22:39

2:35

Sidney Crosby

11

5

12

17

+7

2

22:47

1:59

Craig Adams

11

2

1

3

+1

15

11:19

1:35

Bill Guerin

9

3

5

8

+5

2

17:57

0:59

Evgeni Malkin

11

5

6

11

+1

6

21:44

0:47

Chris Kunitz

11

3

6

9

+4

8

17:36

0:42

Matt Cooke

11

4

2

6

-3

16

15:38

0:37

Maxime Talbot

11

2

4

6

+3

11

15:07

-0:06

Jordan Staal

9

2

2

4

-5

6

18:23

-0:50

Tyler Kennedy

8

0

0

0

-5

0

11:54

-1:54

Ruslan Fedotenko

6

0

0

0

-3

4

12:35

-1:56


What to make of this?  Well obviously the triple over-time game may have skewed things, the Penguins only played about 38 minutes and change all of last playoffs, the 3 OT game is more minutes right there alone.  That aside, some real trends have emerged.

--Alex Goligoski jumps off the page, more than doubling what he played last post-season.  Recall though, Goose only played two games last playoffs when Sergei Gonchar was hurt, and the Penguins elected to dress seven defensemen in those games.

--Pascal Dupuis also pops, last season he was in healthy scratch territory, this year he's an intregal part at even-strength and short-handed situations.

--Stop reading this and go check out Gonchar's numbers again.  I'll wait.

--Gonchar playing some big time hockey.  He's producing at almost a point per game rate (like usual when healthy), he's got the best plus/minus for defensemen on the team, is top 10 in the league in time on ice per game.  If as many suspect this is his last go-round with Pittsburgh he is going out with a bang.

--A big deal has been made about free agency departees Hal Gill (19:25 last spring) and Rob Scuderi (20:29). Every defenseman's numbers are significantly up.  Again, I think the triple OT game may be factoring in, but Scuds/Gill also played 5:35 short-handed a night.  In that area of short-handed play:

Player

SH ATOI

DIFF

Kris Letang

1:12

1:09

Mark Eaton

2:26

1:04

Sergei Gonchar

2:14

0:39

Brooks Orpik

2:16

0:34

--Letang played almost no time last season short-handed and has a small role, Eaton's been bumped up to a full-time role and the big guns of Orpik and Gonchar have had to take on a bigger load here as well.  It's been a team effort to replace the two big PK'ers of Gill and Scuderi.

--Kennedy fought a knee injury, but he's been ineffective and his ice-time (which he only plays exclusively at even strength) has taken a bump down.  Ditto Fedotenko who now finds himself in street clothes.