Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

Thinking Too Hard…*

If you know me or follow me on any kind of social media, you know that I struggle with mathematics.

I have to stop myself some nights after a Penguins win on a Wednesday in December from being too wordy and typing out 600, 700 or 800 words. But ask me what 45+27 is?

Hold, on. I need a calculator.

You may be seeing the term “Corsi” or “Fenwick” when it comes to this new fangled term they call “advanced analytics” in hockey. I don’t get it. It’s probably my own ignorance to the fact that I struggle with simple math. It also may be a hint of jealousy that those “advanced” statistics are available in the NHL but not in the AHL, which is my wheelhouse. Really, how hard is it to get ice time numbers between Wilkes-Barre and Hershey on a Friday night?

Anyway, I’m bloviating on a subject I ignore that I am making out of a blog post, courtesy of some charts that Joy Lindsay tweeted Sunday afternoon. Just some basic numbers inside of numbers next to more numbers on top of numbers.

First, for the B-Sens. Please click on the chart to enlarge for texture…


Then the Penguins, after I asked Joy if she had one for Wilkes-Barre….

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More in depth even strength, power play and shorthanded numbers….

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So what’s the immediate takeaway two games into a five game series?

— Tom Kostopoulos, Adam Payerl and Anton Zlobin have been the only players for Wilkes-Barre that haven’t been on the ice when a goal has been scored against the Penguins. Mark Stone for the B-Sens has been the only player for Binghamton that hasn’t been on the ice for the B-Sens when the Penguins have scored.

— Mike Carman had an immediate impact, scoring a goal and being on the ice for another.

— I didn’t want to believe what I was reading about Simon Despres on social media. The chart doesn’t lie.

— Patrick Mullen, a late add for the B-Sens blueline coming over from Utica, with some impressive numbers. The best statistical defenseman in the series so far based off of these charts.

— I don’t think we see Spencer Machacek for the rest of the series, and may be so brazen to say that we may have seen the last of him for the rest of the year.

— Anybody in Binghamton worried about the play of Alex Grant and Derek Grant? Two of your better players are getting beat up even strength.

Small snapshots, but something to watch going forward. If there is something else that you see in these charts that jumps out at you, please share it in the comments.

* – headline complements of a category that the great Michael Fornabaio uses occasionally when talking numbers, charts and things like this

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