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Game 4 Stats Recap - Gaudreau, Hudler & Bennett Score; Ferland still a Wrecking Ball

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The Flames top line was back in full force. Johnny Hockey opened the scoring, Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist, and Sean Monahan contributed to a game-high 4 scoring chances.

Scary Gaudreau
Scary Gaudreau
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The Calgary Flames played Calgary Flames hockey to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks. The Flames were badly outshot, but Corsi need not apply; they kept shots to the outside, blocking many of them (as per usual) and keeping scoring chances to a minimum.

To illustrate this, I've broken down shot attempts, shots on goal, and scoring chances into percentages. It's interesting to see how the Canucks go from taking the majority of shot attempts to a minority of scoring chances.

Player Contribution Rankings

Player contribution numbers tell us exactly who was involved in generating shots and scoring chances. There are three types:

  1. Shot Attempt Contribution (SA-Co): This is the total number of shot attempts a player contributes to, either as the shooter or the primary or secondary passer to set up the shot.
  2. Shot on Goal Contribution (SOG-Co): This is the total number of shots on goal a player contributes to, either as the shooter or the primary passer.
  3. Scoring Chance Contribution (SC-Co): This is the total number of scoring chances a player contributes to, either as the shooter who takes a shot from the home plate scoring chance area, or as the primary passer who sets up the shooter in the scoring chance area.

The graphs below rank all players for each contribution type at 5v5 (players who didn't contribute are not included). Bars are colour-coded by team.

Shot Attempts

The top of the graph is very blue as the Canucks took most of the shot attempts, lead by Daniel and Henrik Sedin who contributed to 14 and 13 attempts respectively.

The only player who didn't make it onto the chart (i.e. contributed to 0 shot attempts) was Brandon Bollig. I note this only because in games 2 and 3 he contributed to a respectable 13 combined shot attempts with limited ice-time.

Shots on Goal

Henrik Sedin led the way in shots on goal contribution, though David Jones made his presence felt contributing to 4 shots on goal, tying him for second in the game with Daniel Sedin.

Scoring Chances

Scoring chances, the deadliest of shot attempts, is where the Flames claimed a decisive advantage. Remember all those shot attempts the Sedins took? Well guess what: Daniel Sedin only contributed to 1 scoring chance, and Henrik none. Zero. Nada. The twins managed to set up shop in the o-zone throughout the game, but they simply couldn't get the puck into the scoring chance area. We also saw this in Game 3, though the effect was not as pronounced.

On the Flames side, we see Monahan and Hudler at the top of the chart contributing to 4 and 3 scoring chances respectively. Stajan, Gaudreau, and Bennett each contributed to a respectable 2 scoring chances.

Special Teams

The powerplay played a key role in this game, claiming responsibility for the first three goals. In 6 minutes of powerplay time, the Flames had 6 shot attempts and 3 scoring chances, scoring twice. The Canucks had 3 minutes and 12 seconds of powerplay time, generating 5 shot attempts, 1 scoring chance, and their lone goal. Discipline is key going forward, and from what we've seen so far this season Calgary has a ton of it.

Michael Ferland

Yes, the 23-year old gets his own heading. The wrecking ball is beating the Canucks blueline to a pulp, continuing to flatten Sbisa. And you can literally see Bieksa shaking in his boots as he retrieves the puck (i.e. turns it over) behind his net. Ferland had 8 hits in this game, twice as many as the next guy.

The bone-crushing hit on Luca Sbisa.

Kevin Bieksa is rattled. Ferland makes the hit, retrieves the puck, then not even 10 seconds later Bieksa turns it over again, leading to two great chances for Matt Stajan.

Shot Plots

By request, I'm including the war-on-ice shot plots for this game. But be warned: my research has shown a high degree of error in these plots, and we see that on display here. Both the Hudler and Bennett goals are plotted from where Brodie and Wideman shot the puck, as the play-by-play data often fails to correct for tip-ins.

5v5

Powerplay

Questions or comments about the stats I track? Let me know in the comments below!