Rangers By The Numbers Analytics - Game #27 Preview: Rangers @ Canucks

A statistical look at the at the New York Rangers @ Vancouver Canucks.

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Time Saturday, 10:00 EST
Season Series 0-0
Last Meeting
The Enemy Nucks Misconduct Scoring Leaders

R. Nash 18-10-28
D. Sedin 7-19-26 H. Sedin 6-20-26

12-10-4 SEASON RECORD 18-9-2
28 (4th Metro) Points 38 (2nd Pacific)
1.03 (19th NHL) Standing Points Per Game 1.31 (9th NHL)
Won 1
Streak Lost 1
2.92 (9th)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.97 (7th)
2.77 (19th)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
2.76 (20th)
15.1 (23rd) Power Play % 18.3 (16th)
81.0 (15th) Penalty Kill % 86.1 (5th)
9.9 (15th) PIM / GP 10.7 (21st)
30.5 (13th) Shots For / GP 31.4 (8th)
29.5 (16th) Shots Against / GP 28.6 (10th)
49.5 (19th) 5v5 Shots For % 52.1 (9th)
49.5 (18th)
49.9 (17th)
49.4 (21st) Raw 5v5 Corsi 50.3 (17th)
49.3 (23rd) Within 1 5v5 Corsi 50.1 (17th)
49.4 (20th) Score Adjusted Fenwick 51.4 (15th)
106.1 (6th)

5v5 Corsi Pace / 60 (ranked low to high)

107.3 (11th)
2.73 (2nd) 5v5 Goals For / 60 2.39 (13th)
2.44 (20th) 5v5 Goals Against / 60 2.65 (25th)
48.9 (19th) 5v5 OZS % 51.3 (12th)
9.51 (1st) 5v5 Shooting % 7.73 (15th)
91.68 (20th) 5v5 Save % 90.67 (26th)

D. Boyle +5.8

M. Hunwick +4.3

5v5 Corsi Rel % Leaders

(min 100 min)

H. Sedin +6.5

D. Sedin +5.3

D. Girardi -7.2

T. Glass -5.6

5v5 Corsi Rel % Anchors

(min 100 min)

D. Dorsett -9.0%

R. Stanton -8.9%

R. Nash 3.76

D. Brassard 2.41

5v5 Points / 60 Leaders

(min 100 min)

N. Bonino 3.01

C. Higgins 2.44

What to Watch For:

The Canucks just limped to the finish of a 7 game east coast road trip. They have some injuries (top pairing D Dan Hamhuis and F Zack Kassian) and decided to shake up the lines to try to jolt some production out of the second line, which has gone into a prolonged slump since starting the year as one of the best lines in the NHL. Expect to see Nick Bonino centering Alex Burrows and Radim Vrbata on the second line, while Jannik Hansen bumps up to the first line with the twins, and Chris Higgins drops down to the third line. This was my choice as the optimal Canucks lineup (sub Kassian for Hansen though) to start the season. I would expect Bonino and Vrbata, both extremely high IQ forwards who are very crafty offensively, to gel immediately. With Burrows doing the dirty work, that line will be a handful.

A similar shakeup is happening for New York, as they will be "demoting" Chris Kreider, at least for now, to the 4th line. The goal is to see if J.T. Miller can keep the chemistry he has shown in his brief time with Martin St. Louis

I don't need to explain this one: stop the Twins. The Sedins have had a resurgent year under new head coach Willie Desjardins. Wily Willie brings a more freewheeling and puck possession centric style back to Vancouver. They will run four lines, even to a fault as sometimes their 3rd and 4th line will get run out of the building in the shot attempt battle.

Interestingly, the stats on their face look very similar for these two teams and they are experiencing similar problems, despite the difference in records. Lack of performance on defense (Tanev and Edler have been great, the rest blah...like the Rangers with Klein and Boyle when healthy). Ryan Miller has had an up and down, but mostly down year. But the offense can score in bunches. As can the Rangers, at least at 5v5 (the PP has been woeful).

The Canucks have played 18 of their first 29 games at home and are certainly happy to be home. They are, quite frankly, a much better team at home (CF% 54.5%, 8th in the NHL at home), and though they haven't been tested as much there, they should be happy to have the record they have on the road and have some of that tough part of the schedule behind them.

Meanwhile, the Rangers have only been on the road for 9 games and have struggled mightily (CF% 46.5%, 23rd in the NHL on the road). This Western Canadian swing should be telling.

Hextally Even Strength Shooting Rates By Zone (Relative To League Average):

Credit: War-On-Ice.com

The Canucks give up a lot of shots in the high slot. The Rangers should be trying to push tempo against the slower skating club to get those rush opportunities.

5v5 Usage:

Rangers Forwards

Rangers Defense

Canucks Forwards

Canucks Defense

Credit: War-On-Ice.com


Stats compiled from: nhl.com, puckon.net, war-on-ice.com, and stats.hockeyanalysis.com