Hi, remember how after every game, we’d post a game recap that would include a list of the scoring chance differential of every player? Well, throughout the year, we’d been counting them up, and we finally have some full numbers to share with you tonight.
Here is a table featuring the Vancouver Canucks scoring chance totals, + and -, for 2011-12 at even strength:
Naturally, there are many, many ways we can interpret this data. Time on ice rate, difficulty of minutes, we’ll probably be having some fun with this stuff in the coming days and presenting it in a number of different fashions.
Again, as we post in every game recap, a scoring chance is counted any time a team directs a shot cleanly on-net from within home-plate. Shots on goal and misses are counted, but blocked shots are not (unless the player who blocks the shot is “acting like a goaltender”). Generally speaking, we are more generous with the boundaries of home-plate if there is dangerous puck movement immediately preceding the scoring chance, or if the scoring chance is screened.
The “home-plate” is loosely defined by the image above.