If you compare these results with the table here, which shows total Hits and Takeaways from the 2005-6 NHL season, you'll see some teams failed to generate much offense out of their physical game. The Boston Bruins, for example, had the 3rd-most hits in the league, but were near the bottom in offense generated, producing shots less than 5% of the time after making a hit. The Philadelphia Flyers, on the other hand, produced shots almost twice as often, jumping from 16th in the Hit rankings to 5th on the list here.
The story is similar regarding Takeaways. Tampa Bay was in the middle of the pack in terms of Takeaways, but dead last in chances generated from them. Instead of getting shots 19% of the time, they struggled below 12%. At the opposite end of that scale were the Ottawa Senators, who were 12th in Takeaways, but 3rd in offense generated from them, converting at a 22.45% clip.
|New York Islanders||129||133||262|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||82||147||229|
|New York Rangers||131||95||226|
|Detroit Red Wings||131||94||225|
|New Jersey Devils||139||85||224|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||115||86||201|
|Los Angeles Kings||76||110||186|
|San Jose Sharks||83||101||184|
|St. Louis Blues||89||89||178|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||72||67||139|
These are just a couple elements that I'll be using in the coming weeks to provide detailed analyses for each of the NHL teams as we approach the quarter-pole of the 2006-7 season. It's about time for teams to start making roster moves as they realize that training camp dreams just won't work out (isn't that right, Flyers fans?), and a thorough look inside the numbers might help assess where each team truly needs some help.