Crunching Numbers: Sabres and Flames Evenly Matched

This was one of the most entertaining hockey games I've watched all season. It was also one of the most evenly matched games the Sabres have played all season. After every game I have posted the Corsi numbers as well as some other stats. In most cases there is a trend that is followed but this game was different. Neither team really stood out 5-on-5. The Flames scored the only even strength goal but Buffalo played just as well.

I usually include some analysis but not tonight. This is a simple stats post with the analysis saved for the game recap.

 

Game Stats
# Player Pos TOI +/- FO% Hits GV TK BS
4 Steve Montador D 20:09 0 - 1 0 0 1
9 Derek Roy C 25:21 0 81% 1 5 2 0
10 Henrik Tallinder D 23:27 0 - 1 3 0 2
13 Tim Kennedy C 13:03 0 38% 2 2 0 0
19 Tim Connolly C 20:00 -1 20% 0 0 0 1
21 Drew Stafford RW 10:41 -1 100% 0 1 0 1
22 Adam Mair C 7:03 0 50% 3 0 0 0
26 Thomas Vanek LW 12:55 -1 - 0 5 2 0
28 Paul Gaustad C 14:33 0 73% 2 0 0 1
29 Jason Pominville RW 23:12 0 - 0 0 1 0
34 Chris Butler D 19:37 -1 - 3 0 0 2
36 Patrick Kaleta RW 14:32 0 - 6 0 0 0
37 Matt Ellis LW 7:25 0 50% 2 1 0 0
41 Clarke MacArthur LW 16:39 0 - 1 0 0 0
44 Andrej Sekera D 15:56 0 - 0 0 0 0
52 Craig Rivet D 20:16 -1 - 0 0 1 0
55 Jochen Hecht LW 17:22 0 67% 2 1 0 1
57 Tyler Myers D 25:55 0 - 1 2 0 2
TOI = Total Time on Ice GV = Giveaways
FO% = Faceoff percentage TK = Takeaways
Hits = Total Hits BS=Blocked Shots
Even Strength Individual Stats Even Strength On-Ice Totals
# Player Pos EV TOI G A Shots S A/B S Miss SOGF SOGA SOG Diff Tot SF Tot SA Corsi
4 Steve Montador D 16:14 0 0 6 1 0 15 6 9 18 13 5
9 Derek Roy C 19:31 0 0 6 0 2 11 10 1 19 20 -1
10 Henrik Tallinder D 19:05 0 0 0 0 0 13 9 4 21 21 0
13 Tim Kennedy C 12:32 0 0 1 0 0 8 3 5 12 8 4
19 Tim Connolly C 11:26 0 0 3 1 1 12 5 7 15 10 5
21 Drew Stafford RW 7:58 0 0 2 0 1 6 4 2 8 6 2
22 Adam Mair C 7:03 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 -1 3 5 -2
26 Thomas Vanek LW 9:34 0 0 1 0 0 8 3 5 9 6 3
28 Paul Gaustad C 8:28 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 5 3 2
29 Jason Pominville RW 17:12 0 0 3 1 3 7 8 -1 14 13 1
34 Chris Butler D 15:04 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 -1 10 8 2
36 Patrick Kaleta RW 13:44 0 0 1 1 2 9 2 7 14 10 4
37 Matt Ellis LW 7:25 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 -1 3 5 -2
41 Clarke MacArthur LW 14:45 0 0 0 0 0 7 5 2 12 14 -2
44 Andrej Sekera D 15:32 0 0 1 1 0 12 5 7 15 10 5
52 Craig Rivet D 16:19 0 0 0 1 0 5 5 0 10 11 -1
55 Jochen Hecht LW 15:02 0 0 3 1 0 9 5 4 17 12 5
57 Tyler Myers D 19:42 0 0 1 1 0 11 9 2 20 20 0
EV TOI = Even Strength time on ice SOGA = Team shots against while on ice
EV TOI = Even Strength time on ice SOG Diff = Difference shots on ice
S A/B = shots attempted and blocked Tot SF = Total shots including blocked/missed
S Miss = Shots missed the net Tot SA = Total Shots Ag. Including blocked/missed
SOGF = Team Shots while on ice Corsi = Difference in Total Shots

 

The Corsi number is a statistic that what created by Sabres goalie coach JIm Corsi. It is the difference in total shots for and the total shots against. It factors in all shots that were on net, attempts that were blocked and shots that missed the net. The idea is that it is a better reflection on a players two-way play because it shows puck possesion as opposed to only shots on goal.

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