I ran a similar report to this about 1/5 of the way into the season, but now that we have a larger sample size and a better idea of what this team really is this season, re-running the spreadsheet seems like a smart thing to do. Table after the jump.
|NAME||GP||TOI/60||CORSI REL||CORSI ON||Ozone%||Fin Ozone%||EXP CORSI Rel||EXP CORSI ON||Bal CORSI Rel||Bal CORSI On|
A quick explanation of what you're looking at: CORSI Rel is CORSI adjusted for the strength of the team, EXP CORSI Rel and EXP CORSI ON are what we should expect players with those zone starts to have CORSI-wise (simply put, the league norm for that zone start percentage), and Bal CORSI Rel and Bal CORSI ON are the numbers you get when you compare the expected CORSI numbers to the raw CORSI numbers. In other words, the most important column on the chart is Bal CORSI Rel, as it adjusts a players CORSI for both team strength and zone starts. That's also the column this table is sorted by.
- TJ Brodie and Mikael Backlund have been exceptional. Brodie in particular, given the next point...
- Cory Sarich's numbers are not to be mistaken as causality, but rather correlation. Why is that? Because he's partnered with TJ Brodie who manages to keep Sarich's underlying numbers look pretty, despite the awful play by the old vet.
- While his numbers have come down a bit, Stempniak is still one of the best forwards on the Flames. (Alex, I'll have "Things that would have made me laugh during the offseason for $1000")
- Hannan is still terrible.
- Babchuk didn't meet the minimum games played (20), but his numbers almost make Hannan's look good. They were worse than twice as bad.
- As usual, the Flames strength comes not from the top lines, but from the bottom lines. Kostopoulos, Jackman, and Stajan make up what's likely the best 4th line in the league.
- Horak's underlying numbers are still rough, but they've improved since the beginning of the season.
- Looks like Backlund is taking the tough zone starts; people wonder why he doesn't score- that's why.
- Jarome Iginla should absolutely in no way have a sub 50% offensive zone start ration. Ever. If that's not reason to fire Sutter, I don't know what is.