Thinking with an Empty Net: Weekly Musings

Kevin McCartney
April 18 2013 05:12PM

 

Every week or so, I have a few thoughts. This week I look at the the opportunity cost of not using Montoya, flash a table on how good Burmistrov is, and consider how good the Jets *really* are over their losing and winning streaks. A smattering of my synaptic output below.

Last week: Schedule toughness under re-alignment, 2013 mid-term draft lists, and thoughts on where we're headed

Pavelec and Rest

  • The Jets just finished their longest break in the season, and I’ve been talking opportunity cost with the forward and defence. It got me to reflecting on what a backup goalie means for a team.  Pavelec has played 39 games, and 6 times played in both games of a back-to-back (including the infamous drubbing by the Capitals March 21st and 22nd). His personal sv% is .877 in the second game of those back-to-backs compared to a .912 with 1 day of rest or more.

  • Every team has a tight schedule, so let’s give some perspective. The Jets as a team have the 25th best save % in the second game of back-to-backs. One day rest? 15th. Two days rest? 15th. (After that the numbers get wacky with many teams having only played a single game on 3 or more days of rest.)

  • I haven’t gone through every team, but the Canucks lead the league in save percentage in back-to-back games. Can you guess how many times either Schneider or Luongo have played back-to-back? I suspect you got it – 0 times.

  • We can’t hope the Pavelec/Montoya tandem would post the whopping .937 that the Canucks have in the second game of back-to-backs, but if we could imagine a pedestrian .905 for those games, the Jets would have given up 4 fewer goals in 6 games (16 down from 20). Given Pavelec’s 2-4-0 record in those second games, it seems like maybe the team just gave away points this year by not having a capable backup, or at least not using the one they have

Burmistrov

  • Who noticed that the third line is awesome right now? Me too. Burmistrov is currently 7th in Jets forwards by ice time per game, and even strength ice time per game. He's been a health scratch this year, and in pretty much all the trade rumours that surrounded the team at the deadline. The table below is presented as evidence that he's really awesome and should be considered part of the core going forward. These are the corsi% with everyone he's played 50 or more minutes with (okay, Ladd has played 49:58 with the young possession driver).

Teammate

Together

Teammate Apart

Burmistrov Apart

Kane

49.9

50

55.9

Antropov

50.7

48

54.5

Ponikarovsky

59.1

54.2

51.8

Wellwood

54.5

50.7

52.9

Tangradi

59.6

48.7

52.1

Jokinen

47.7

48.8

54

Ladd

64.9

50.8

52

 

 

 

 

Hainsey

53.4

46.8

53.1

Clitsome

48.7

52.3

55.5

Byfuglien

54.4

49.2

52.6

Postma

52.1

56.5

53.6

Stuart

55.5

47.3

52.5

Bogosian

52.9

47.3

53.2

Enstrom

51.8

48.3

53.4

  • 5 of 7 forward partners with 50+ shared minutes have better Corsi % with him than without him
  • 5 of 7 defencemen have better corsi % when playing with Burmi than playing with out him.
  • If visuals are easier, check this out
  • To give you a sense of how these charts can look different, he's no Taylor Hall, but thankfully, he's not Jay McClement either.
  • Most importantly for us, he's the opposite of Olli Jokinen - making everyone a bit better rather than a bit worse.

What's in a streak?

  • The Oilers hired long time silver-fox Craig McTavish as their new GM. His verbal has already been good, and Oilers fans have to be cheering that he knows what shot differential is and what it indicates. He has already spoken that the 5 game losing streak the team went through wasn’t indicative of their skill level, but that they continued to be outshot in the 5 game win streak – showing that to be unsustainable as well.

  • The Jets just went through a similar patch of 5 loses and 4 wins. Looking at the shot totals, the March 28th loss to Pittsburgh was a poor outing – 43 shots against and just 20 for. So let’s exclude that game.

  • In four straight loses, then, the Jets were outshot by just 4 lousy shots (126 to 122), and actually beat Carolina and Montreal on the shot clock. In the subsequent four straight wins, the Jets were only outshot by Philly, and returned an aggregate total of +11 (126 to 115). What does that tell us? That the team actually played a pretty even keel as far as the game plan goes. But let’s break it down one step further.

  • While no team can win every game, it’s the Jets ability to completely disappear that frustrates me. In addition to the late March shaming by a great Pittsburgh team, the Jets wore the dunce cap through the 39-25 possession clinic put on the by the Islanders on Apr 2. Take that game out, and their remaining 3 loses over that period have a healthy +10 shot differential.

  • Bonus points to anyone who remembered that the April 2nd Islanders game was the second game of a back-to-back.

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Kevin is the Managing Editor of Jets Nation. His work has been featured on Bleacher Report, The Sporting News, and around the Nations Network. An enthusiastic over-analyst, his background and interests are diverse, but you might notice he's obsessed with hockey. Track him down on twitter @kevinmccart or @nhljetsnation
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#1 The Keystone Garter
April 19 2013, 03:27PM
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So, what is tsn showing now, the Ranger's Sabres game? I was planning on betting $5 on the Bruins as my recreation. The purpose of war is supposed to be so children can enjoy a peaceful prosperous world. Whoever indoctrinated these idiots didn't tell them to watch the Bruins once they lived in a 1st world country where the murder rate is low and where you can turn off the hate part of your brain.

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#2 Travis Hrubeniuk
April 19 2013, 03:39PM
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Yes, TSN is showing the Rangers/Sabres game. http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2012020655&navid=sb:preview

Personally, I'll be glued to the news networks.

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