2014-15 Flames Special Teams

Our unofficial statistics week continues here at FlamesNation as we continued to poke the analytics beehive to look at the 2014-15 edition of the Calgary Flames.

Today we look at special teams.

In a way, this is an extension of yesterday’s look at scoring chances using War On Ice’s figures. By adjusting for differences in ice-time by looking at the Chances Per 60 Minutes rates, we can see who the most and least effective penalty killers and power-play personnel were on the hockey club.

We set a floor of 50 minutes on the ice for the power-play and penalty kill to limit the discussion to regular special teams contributors.

THE POWER PLAY

Most Scoring Chances For Per 60 Minutes:

  • Sean Monahan – 50.81
  • Jiri Hudler – 50.43
  • Mark Giordano – 50.42
  • Dennis Wideman – 48.53
  • Johnny Gaudreau – 48.39

Least Scoring Chances For Per 60 Minutes:

  • Joe Colborne – 38.73
  • T.J. Brodie – 42.41
  • David Jones – 43.81
  • Mikael Backlund – 44.72
  • Mason Raymond – 46.25

A little bit shocking to see Brodie so far down this list, but bear in mind he primarily worked on the second unit with the forwards listed above, who tended not to generate chances to the degree the first unit did. But it’s something to look at next season.

Dougie Hamilton was best Boston blueliner on the power-play in terms of chance generation – 63.37 chances per 60 minutes. Michael Frolik was the second-worst regular Jets forward on the power-play with 44.04 chances per 60 minutes.

THE PENALTY KILL

Least Scoring Chances Against Per 60 Minutes:

  • Joe Colborne – 40.42
  • Josh Jooris – 44.13
  • Dennis Wideman – 44.15
  • Sean Monahan – 44.84
  • Matt Stajan – 45.43

Most Scoring Chances Against Per 60 Minutes:

  • Deryk Engelland – 55.47
  • Lance Bouma – 54.52
  • Mikael Backlund – 48.48
  • Kris Russell – 47.25
  • Paul Byron – 47.11

Dougie Hamilton was middle of road on Boston regarding chances against on penalty kill with 48.39 chances per 60 minutes. Michael Frolik was one of the better Jets forwards regarding chances against on penalty kill with 49.60 per 60 minutes.

    • RealMcHockeyReturns

      For those who undervalue Colborne and Wideman (mainly based on his pay, I get it), check out those numbers:

      Colborne is very good at stopping PK chances happening while Dennis is HIGH on PP Scoring Chances, and low on PK Scoring Chances Against. Give the dudes a break!

    • ChinookArchYYC

      Hopefully we will see very little of Colborne on the PP and more likely Bennett, Frolik and say either Backlund or Ferland as a net presence.

      Hamilton on both will mean less Russell and hopefully very to no England on the PK. He makes both units better. For me the key will be who can become the 6th defender who pushes England off the roster.