ECSF Game 4: Time on Ice Numbers

Two of the Flyers' three best performers from last night. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Eds. Note:  It recently came to my attention that a good way of explaining Corsi and Fenwick is through a comparison.  I've said before the two stats are used to show territorial dominance, but here's a really easy way to think about this information:  Both stats are simply a "plus/minus" statistic, exactly like plus/minus except instead of using goals, these two stats use shots.  The difference between the two is that Corsi includes blocked shots while Fenwick doesn't.  So when you see Brian Boucher with a +7 Fenwick, it means he was on the ice for 7 more Flyers shots (Goals, Saves, and Missed Shots) than Bruins shots.  Corsi is the same, but includes Blocked Shots.

The Flyers finally won a game in the second round, and they did it largely by winning the 5-on-5 battle.  Obviously, outscoring your opponent 5-2 at even-strength is a good place to start.

Also, the fact that the Flyers had a lead in the game for 24:29 (compared to Boston leading for 3:29) was a welcome change from the way the series had gone up to last night.  Despite having a lead for so long, the Bruins failed to outshoot the Flyers at 5-on-5 (they did outshoot them for the game).

Unlike last game, the Flyers had four players finish with a negative Corsi.  Despite the team finishing a plus-17, Krajicek, Betts, Powe, and Parent all ended with a minus.

Jump to see which players controlled the play and which ones had the play taken to them.

For the full zone start information, click here.

  • The Flyers had 20 offensive zone draws and 11 defensive, 3 of which came as the result of an icing.
  • Kimmo Timonen was on the ice for all three icings, while Darroll Powe and Chris Pronger were out there for two each.
  • For non-icing draws, Blair Betts led the way with 5 while Coburn, Nodl, and Timonen were right behind him with 4 each.
  • Peter Laviolette neglected to put Ville Leino or Danny Briere on the ice for a single defensive zone draw - although Briere jumping over the boards for Nodl right before the Bruins tying goal is interesting.
  • Mike Richards led the way with 12 offensive zone draws, while Pronger and Coburn had 11.
  • Of the four names to finish with a negative Corsi, three (Betts, Powe, and Parent) failed to register a single offensive zone start.

For the full Fenwick and Corsi table, click here.

Player Goals Saved Shots Missed Shots Fenwick Blocked Shots Corsi
Krajicek 0 1 2 3 0 1 -3 1 2 -4
Coburn 1 2 17 8 7 3 12 13 6 19
Betts 0 0 1 7 4 3 -5 3 2 -4
Gagne 2 1 8 5 1 2 3 8 2 9
Carcillo 1 1 2 5 0 2 -5 8 2 1
Nodl 0 0 1 6 4 1 -2 4 2 0
Richards 2 1 11 9 4 3 4 11 2 13
Hartnell 2 0 5 7 4 3 1 4 5 0
Pronger 4 0 8 17 5 3 -3 10 7 0
van Riemsdyk 1 1 11 7 4 0 8 10 5 13
Leino 1 0 4 3 2 1 3 2 4 1
Carle 5 0 8 16 6 3 0 12 7 5
Giroux 2 1 13 10 6 1 9 10 6 13
Boucher 5 2 25 27 13 7 7 24 14 17
Powe 0 0 1 7 4 2 -4 3 2 -3
Timonen 0 1 15 7 8 3 12 11 5 18
Asham 0 1 10 6 3 1 5 7 4 8
Briere 3 0 6 9 3 2 1 4 5 0
Parent 0 0 0 3 0 1 -4 0 1 -5

Three stick taps: 1) Braydon Coburn; 2) Kimmo Timonen; and 3) Claude Giroux.
Three face washes: 1) Ryan Parent*; 2) Blair Betts*; and 3) Lukas Krajicek

 

Shots on Goal [(Flyers Goals + Flyers Shots) - (Bruins Goals + Bruins Shots)] = 1

The Flyers outshot the Bruins at 5-on-5 by a total of 30-29, which would suggest an evenly played game if it were for the fact that the Flyers held a lead for over an entire period.  If you recall, teams that are trailing frequently fire a lot more shots than teams who are leading in an effort to catch up.  The leading team also attacks less since they don't have to score.  The biggest winners here were Braydon Coburn (+8) and Kimmo Timonen (+7), who are - not coincidentally - the first two recipients of a stick tap.  It's worth noting that Matt Carle was on the ice for all 5 Flyers goals, Chris Pronger for 4 of them, and Danny Briere for 3.  None of those three players were on the ice for a single Bruin 5-on-5 goal.

The flip side of that is Blair Betts (minus-6), Darroll Powe (minus-6), Andreas Nodl (minus-5), and Chris Pronger (minus-5).  Here, each of Betts, Powe, and Nodl were only on the ice for one Flyers shot on goal.  This would normally be a sign of a really poor performance, but as stated in the zone-start bullets, none of them were given a single offensive zone start and all had at least 5 defensive zone starts.  When you factor that in, it's hard to really blame those three for not having a higher shot plus/minus.  As far as Pronger goes, well, he might have given up 17 shots, but he didn't give up a single goal.  Plus, he was on the ice for 4 Flyers goals.  Nothing to worry about with him.

 

Fenwick [(Flyers Goals + Flyers Shots + Flyers Missed Shots) - (Bruins Goals + Bruins Shots + Bruins Missed Shots)] = 7

As shown above, the Flyers as a team finished with a positive-7 Fenwick.  In other words, the Flyers fired 7 more shots that got through to the net (they weren't blocked), if not necessarily on net (missed shots are included).  Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn led the way finishing a plus-12, with Claude Giroux (plus-9) and James van Riemsdyk (plus-8) rounding out the only four players to outperform the team.  If you're noticing a trend, it's that Coburn and Timonen had a really good game.  This also marks the second straight game where van Riemsdyk has controlled the play. 

Those who finished in the negatives are similar to the first section - Carcillo (-5), Betts (-5), Powe (-4), and Parent (-4) - which is common if not guaranteed.  Just with the first section, the only name here without a zone-start excuse is Dan Carcillo.  Not really sure what happened with him, but he didn't have a good game.  A name that you may think had a bad game - Andreas Nodl - actually didn't.  If you watched the game, you would have noticed this, and these stats reflect that.  Despite finishing a minus-2, he had the exact same zone-start as Powe and had only one fewer than Betts, and still had a better plus/minus Fenwick number.

 

Corsi [(Flyers Goals + Flyers Shots + Flyers Missed Shots + Flyers Shots Blocked by Bruins) - (Bruins Goals + Bruins Shots + Bruins Missed Shots + Bruins Shots Blocked by Flyers)] = 17

Corsi looks at all shots fired at the net, so blocked shots are included.  The Flyers fired 17 shots more than the Bruins, and Coburn (+19), Timonen (+18), Giroux (+13), van Riemsdyk (+13), and Richards (+13) led the way there.  The most impressive of those five is Kimmo Timonen, who had only one additional offensive zone start than defensive, but all five had a great game.  This is where the stick-tap comes from.

The opposite end are the three getting the "face wash" - Parent, Betts, and Krajicek.  As explained above, Parent and Betts have the excuse of being disadvantaged with their zone starts.  Krajicek had one zone start in both zones, so he had neither an advantage or disadvantage.  Someone who has escaped criticism until now is Danny Briere.  He had 8 offensive zone starts to only 1 defensive zone, and finished even in Corsi.  Despite the large zone start advantage, Briere was unable to out shoot the Bruins.  While this is troubling, he had two great games before this.

 

Conclusion

Once you look at Corsi and Fenwick as a shot equivalent of plus/minus, it becomes easier to understand.  Before criticizing someone for a poor score though, it's important to see the zone-starts.  That's why Betts and Parent have asterisks next to their names since they aren't given much opportunity to get shots on the opponent's net. 

The take away from this game is that the Flyers' second pairing had a fantastic game, and the third line had their second straight great game.  Looking at the head-to-head ice time chart, you see that Coburn and Timonen spent the majority of their time against the Paille - Bergeron - Recchi line.  Great job by those two effectively shutting that line down.  In addition, JVR and Giroux both spent the majority of their time against the same line, and both faced Johnny Boychuk the most of any Bruins defenseman.  As far as defensive matchups go, JVR's second most commonly faced Bruins defender was Chara, who was less than 30 seconds behind Dennis Wideman to finish as Giroux's third most commonly faced. 

In conclusion, the Bruins' second line and first/second pairing were dominated by the Flyers' third line and second D pairing.  Also, the Flyers first defensive pairing had a pretty good game too.  All in all, a solid game for the Flyers.

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