Tuesday 13 December 2011

Being Bad on the PK Means You're Bad Defensively... or Does It?

Hello hockey fans and welcome to my new blog, Bleeding Blue and White.  While this is my first blog post, on my first self-run blog, I have been posting for a while over at PPP under the same name (BCapp).  Thus if you enjoy this post please check out my page over there, for some of my older work.  Now for my first post...

I recently had a discussion with other hockey fans where someone asserted that the Leafs under Wilson have been horrible defensively.  I decided to look into the Leafs actual production under Wilson and I found that they have actually consistently improved their GA at 5 x 5, but their PK has continued to be horrible.  I decided to analyze what the relationship is between total GA, GA at even strength (ES)*, and PK%.  If this sounds interesting to you, continue after the jump!

*Note I used 5 x 5 statistics to represent ES.  Technically ES can include 4 x 4 and 3 x 3 which I did not include.