Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks on the faceoff dot

A playoff series tends to bring our attention to the narrowest of details, the battles within the battles which can sometimes turn the direction of a game, a series, and hence a team's entire season, in an instant. For the Ducks and Predators, one such battleground will be the faceoff dot. 

So follow after the jump for a detailed look (by zone on the ice, and manning situation) at how some of the key faceoff guys in this series have fared this season...

Anaheim


Ryan Getzlaf

#15 / Center / Anaheim Ducks

6-4

220

May 10, 1985


Getzlaf is a relatively poor performer on the faceoff dot, especially on the power play, where guys usually win 52-53% of draws on average, as opposed to 50% at even strength.

Def Neu Off Totals
 PP 6 - 7 18 - 36 101 - 251 125 - 294
85.7% 50.0% 40.2% 42.5%
 EV 129 - 288 198 - 407 77 - 158 404 - 853
44.8% 48.6% 48.7% 47.4%
 PK 11 - 29 1 - 3 1 - 4 13 - 36
37.9% 33.3% 25.0% 36.1%
 Total  146 - 324 217 - 446 179 - 413 542 - 1183
45.1% 48.7% 43.3% 45.8%


Saku Koivu

#11 / Center / Anaheim Ducks

5-10

178

Nov 23, 1974


The veteran Finn is more effective generally on faceoffs, as part of his overall reputation for defensive prowess.

Def Neu Off Totals
 PP 2 - 6 23 - 33 107 - 192 132 - 231
33.3% 69.7% 55.7% 57.1%
 EV 189 - 364 194 - 389 74 - 115 457 - 868
51.9% 49.9% 64.3% 52.6%
 PK 110 - 223 4 - 11 4 - 6 118 - 240
49.3% 36.4% 66.7% 49.2%
 Total 301 - 593 221 - 433 185 - 313 707 - 1339
50.8% 51.0% 59.1% 52.8%


Todd Marchant

#22 / Center / Anaheim Ducks

5-10

179

Aug 12, 1973


Decent enough, but certainly not a difference maker.

Def Neu Off Totals
 PP 0 - 0 1 - 3 1 - 1 2 - 4
0.0% 33.3% 100.0% 50.0%
 EV 76 - 135 73 - 148 40 - 93 189 - 376
56.3% 49.3% 43.0% 50.3%
 PK 50 - 119 19 - 42 3 - 7 72 - 168
42.0% 45.2% 42.9% 42.9%
 Total 126 - 254 93 - 193 44 - 101 263 - 548
49.6% 48.2% 43.6% 48.0%

Nashville


David Legwand

#11 / Center / Nashville Predators

6-2

204

Aug 17, 1980


Generally sub-standard numbers across the board for Leggy. The best bet here is to give him as many of the neutral zone draws as possible and save the more important ones for the rest of the crew.

Def Neu Off Totals
 PP 1 - 1 8 - 13 94 - 195 103 - 209
100.0% 61.5% 48.2% 49.3%
 EV 93 - 199 143 - 307 22 - 45 258 - 551
46.7% 46.6% 48.9% 46.8%
 PK 24 - 55 8 - 17 2 - 5 34 - 77
43.6% 47.1% 40.0% 44.2%
 Total 118 - 255 159 - 337 118 - 245 395 - 837
46.3% 47.2% 48.2% 47.2%


Mike Fisher

#12 / Center / Nashville Predators

6-1

208

Jun 05, 1980


Hopefully, some of Fisher's underwater totals are due to the upper body injury which dogged him throughout most of the season. But these values probably won't inspire confidence.

Def Neu Off Totals
 PP 2 - 6 16 - 25 128 - 273 146 - 304
33.3% 64.0% 46.9% 48.0%
 EV 143 - 291 187 - 395 72 - 139 402 - 825
49.1% 47.3% 51.8% 48.7%
 PK 48 - 94 4 - 17 2 - 6 54 - 117
51.1% 23.5% 33.3% 46.2%
 Total 193 - 391 207 - 437 202 - 418 602 - 1246
49.4% 47.4% 48.3% 48.3%


Jerred Smithson

#25 / Left Wing / Nashville Predators

6-3

206

Feb 04, 1979


Now this is more like it! In my mind, Smitty's performance on the PK (which is perhaps Nashville's most critical need in this series) will be driven in good part by his ability to short-circuit the Anaheim power play and dominate Ryan Getzlaf on the dot. I like his odds there, and if he can get the better of the Ducks captain while killing penalties, he could neutralize Anaheim's greatest strength.

Def Neu Off Totals
 PP 1 - 1 5 - 7 102 - 174 108 - 182
100.0% 71.4% 58.6% 59.3%
 EV 224 - 397 145 - 224 5 - 11 374 - 632
56.4% 64.7% 45.5% 59.2%
 PK 71 - 155 20 - 29 5 - 8 96 - 192
45.8% 69.0% 62.5% 50.0%
 Total 296 - 553 170 - 260 112 - 193 578 - 1006
53.5% 65.4% 58.0% 57.5%
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