Talkin’ Bout Faceoffs

We’re five games into the series, and much as we earlier checked out the Corsi and Fenwick breakdowns for the two clubs, let’s revisit the face-off numbers for the primary centers for each teams.

The big fancy table after the jump!

THE WHOLE SERIES

Sean
Monahan
Mikael
Backlund
Matt
Stajan
Josh
Jooris
Markus
Granlund
Overall
(all draws)
Henrik
Sedin
28 taken
18-10 VAN
17 taken
12-5 VAN
43 taken
24-19 CGY
5 taken
4-1 CGY
2 taken
2-0 VAN
53.9%
Nick
Bonino
37 taken
23-14 VAN
12 taken
10-2 CGY
13 taken
8-5 CGY
2 taken
2-0 CGY
3 taken
3-0 CGY
48.0%
Bo
Horvat
15 taken
8-7 VAN
11 taken
6-5 VAN
8 taken
6-2 CGY
5 taken
5-0 VAN
3 taken
2-1 CGY
56.0%
Brad
Richardson
8 taken
5-3 VAN
6 taken
3-3 tie
10 taken
6-4 CGY
3 taken
2-1 CGY
2 taken
2-0 VAN
42.9%
Linden
Vey
2 taken
2-0 CGY
1 taken
1-0 VAN
n/a 2 taken
2-0 CGY
n/a 16.7%
Overall
(all draws)
41.7% 51.0% 61.5% 54.2% 50.0%

Man, Monahan is struggling right now. Whether he’s up against Sedin or Bonino, he gets beaten down. On the other hand, just about every other player is either even or at least has a couple players they match up really well against. Jooris for Granlund was functionally a lateral move, but he’s the only right-handed center on the team, and it makes sense to have him for penalty killing rather than relying on the relatively untested Granlund, who has historically been a little worse at face-offs.

If the Flames win this series, give a big stick-tap to Matt Stajan, who may be the series MVP. Why? His face-off numbers are the best in the series, and he’s the only guy that can consistently beat Henrik Sedin in draws. In fact, he has a clear edge in every single match-up with the Canucks – the only player who enjoys such an edge.

On the other side, yes, Henrik Sedin is amazing, but Bo Horvat is pretty damn solid himself in terms of draws, and he’s been one of the best Canucks all series long.

Long story short: expect to see a ton of Stajan against Sedin and Backlund against Bonino tomorrow evening.