It’s an off-day today for the Calgary Flames, so let’s take a gander at some stats! Shall we?
Here’s a look at With or Without You (WOWY) differentials, as of the first 28 games. It’s not entirely current, but close enough to be interesting. The differentials indicate how much better (positive) or worse (negative) a teammate is in CorsiFor percentage terms when playing with a player compared to without.
As such, a player with a lot of positive differentials makes their teammates better, while somebody with a lot of negative numbers drags ’em down. My cut-off here was 100 even-strength minutes played as a pairing.
Players are listed in terms of their overall CorsiFor percentage, so we’ll be going from best players to worst players, and their teammates are listed in order of who plays together the most often.
PAUL BYRON [48.5%]
- Wideman [+8.1%],
Russell [+9.7%], Brodie [+4.4%], Giordano [+3.9%]
- Byron’s been excellent this year. He makes his teammates better. He’s also been thrown around everywhere in the line-up, to the point where his most common teammates are all defensemen.
T.J. BRODIE [47.8%]
- Giordano [+6.6%], Glencross [+5.2%], Monahan [+3.0%],
Hudler [-2.5%], Byron [+4.1%], Jones [+5.4%], Gaudreau [11.7%]
- Another player whose results are in no way shocking. Brodie makes just about everyone better, and in the case of Gaudreau a lot better. Hudler’s the only outlier here, and oddly, Brodie is the only negative regular differential for Hudler’s teammates, too. (See two spots down.)
MARK GIORDANO [47.5%]
- Brodie [+2.5%], Glencross [+6.5%], Monahan [+3.8%],
Hudler [+2.6%], Byron [+2.9%], Jones [+0.4%], Gaudreau [+7.5%]
- I could copy Brodie’s description and put it here, except that Hudler’s numbers are positive with Giordano and negative with Brodie. Weird. A few larger differentials with Brodie than with Giordano, and it’s notable that seemingly Brodie helps Giordano more than Giordano helps Brodie.
JIRI HUDLER [46.9%]
- Gaudreau [+4.1%],
Wideman [+4.7%], Russell [+2.5%], Brodie [-3.4%], Giordano [+1.5%],
Granlund [+1.8%], Monahan [+3.2%]
- Hudler continues to be Mr. Reliable. Everyone is better with him except for Brodie. No insane differentials here, though.
SEAN MONAHAN [46.3%]
- Glencross [+0.1%],
Brodie [even], Giordano [+1.4%], Jones [+6.3%], Russell [-3.9%],
Wideman [-0.2%], Hudler [+2.5%]
- Monahan was a guy who relied on line-mates last year (lots of negatives when we ran these figures), but he’s a difference-maker more often than not here. He’s come a long way since last season.
CURTIS GLENCROSS [46.1%]
- Monahan [-0.4%],
Brodie [+1.3%], Giordano [+3.1%], Jones [+5.1%], Russell [-0.1%],
- Glencross is bouncing back fairly well. He gets tough assignments, but everyone is either basically even, or slightly improved by his presence.
JOHNNY GAUDREAU [45.2%]
- Hudler [+0.4%],
Wideman [+1.1%], Russell [+3.4%], Granlund [+8.3%], Brodie [+7.1%],
- A 21-year-old rookie who’d need to grow a bit to be considered tiny makes all of his regular line-mates better. This may be Gaudreau’s most impressive stat line.
JOSH JOORIS [44.5%]
- Wideman [+4.9%]
- Jooris bounces around a bit and originally didn’t get much ice time, and when he did he was sheltered. One data point is positive but doesn’t amount to much yet.
DAVID JONES [43.6%]
- Glencross [-2.8%],
Monahan [-2.4%], Brodie [-2.1%], Giordano [-5.0%]
- Jones has struggled to stay healthy. He’s also gotten some tough assignments, as you can see based upon the four names above. Can’t help but wonder how those fellas would do with a different person on the right side in tough minutes situations.
KRIS RUSSELL [43.5%]
- Wideman [+3.0%], Hudler [-3.3%], Byron [+3.2%],
Gaudreau [+1.2%], Monahan [-8.4%], Glencross [-3.9%]
- Some good, some bad for Russell, which seems appropriate. Tough minutes players have larger negative differentials here with him.
DENNIS WIDEMAN [43.0%]
- Russell [+1.2%], Hudler [-1.1%], Gaudreau [-2.4%],
Byron [+0.7%], Monahan [-5.1%], Glencross [-5.0%], Jooris [+4.3%],
- Mixed bag for Wideman. My guess is this is largely contingent on circumstances: Monahan and Glencross get the toughest minutes, Jooris the easiest.
LADISLAV SMID [41.9%]
- Smid’s not great, but he improves Engelland by a pretty decent amoumt.
MARKUS GRANLUND [41.8%]
- Hudler [-6.4%],
Gaudreau [+1.5%], Wideman [-3.1%]
- Granlund’s 21 and not a great possession player yet. He does improve Gaudreau’s numbers a bit, which is nice but ultimately he needs work.
LANCE BOUMA [39.2%]
- Bollig [-2.3%]
- Bouma doesn’t get a lot of even-strength time and his only regular line-mate is not great.
DERYK ENGELLAND [38.9%]
- Engelland drags Smid down.
BRANDON BOLLIG [34.8%]
- Bouma [-9.9%]
- Bollig the boat anchor. He hurts Bouma more than Bouma hurts him, to a frighteningly big degree.
SUM IT UP
Consistently improving their teammates’ Corsi numbers are Brodie, Giordano, Gaudreau, Monahan, Hudler, and Glencross. Smid and Jooris are also improvers but with limited comparison cases.
Dragging their teammates down are Jones and Granlund. Bouma, Bollig and Engelland are also tough sledding, though with limited comparison cases.
Russell and Wideman are a mixed bag and the good and bad basically cancel each other out.