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Penguins Trending in the Right Direction in Terms of Possession

A look at where this seasons Penguins team stacks up in comparison to the last 3 that left fans utterly disappointed.

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When considering all the changes that the Penguins front office, coaching staff, and team went through during the past offseason, it was natural to expect a slow start or some bumpy times. We've been lucky that we haven't seen *too* many rough times, aside from the heavy slew of injuries that have fallen the Penguins way.

In terms of possession, in this case, the team's Score-Adjusted Fenwick For Percentage, it is remarkable to see the kind of turnaround the team has had from the past two years where it's percentages fell through the floor and into the basement.

Penguins SAF 2011-12 to Present

A few takeaways from this:

  • the 2011-12 team was remarkable. The last season of the Penguins infamous 3rd line of Matt Cooke, Jordan Staal, and Tyler Kennedy. And we all know how that season ended.
  • The dives that the 2012-13 and 2013-14 teams took are so depressing in hindsight.
  • The trade deadline bump in 2013 with the additions of Jerome Iginla and Brenden Morrow, and the trade deadline bump in 2014 with the additions of Marcel Goc and Lee Stempniak. Without those late season bumps, things could've spiraled even further downwards
  • The late 2013-14 season dive spent a whooooole lot of time as a sub-50% team, which was staggering to see after watching how dominant they were in 2011-12.
  • The start in 2014-15 was impressive, and the injury bug can be mainly attributed to the brief sub-50% dip this season, but it is nice to see those numbers trending upwards again as the team gets healthy.
(Data for chart via the great War on Ice)