In a previous post there was mention that someone should run some stats. Well below the jump I'll mix and match some stats that hopefully lead into a good discussion.
Stat #1 - The beginner has been the winner:
When scoring 1st through the playoffs both Tampa and Boston are undefeated. This isn't too surprising considering they both swept their round 2 opponents. Likewise, both teams are undefeated when leading after the completion of the 1st period.
Stat #2 - 5 on 5 the Johnny B's are alive:
Five on Five, Boston was statistically over twice as likely to score against its opponent through the first two rounds with a 2.38 GoalsFor/Goals Against ratio. Tampa sat pretty even with their opponents at a 1.15 GoalsFor/Goals Against ratio under full strength on full strength play.
Stat #3 - Non 5 on 5 the Bruins dive:
Wow, someone needs to tell the B's that the "Special" in "Special Teams" isn't the same as the "Special" in "Special Olympics". It's a good thing they are able to outscore their opponents during 5 on 5. The Bruins have had a terrible 5.4% power play conversion ratio. And the Boston penalty kill, while not horrendous, isn't spectacular as they have been able to go man down with no goal against 80.5% of the time. Tampa's special teams are by far "mo betta" through the first two rounds having killed off 94.4% of their times a man down and converted on 26.7% of their opportunities with the man advantage.
Stat #4 - If I were Mayor of Tampa, I'd buy Boston's Mayor a round of shots:
In the "that's odd" stat column, the Bolts have won 70% of the games they were out shot in and 100% of the games where they were on the higher end of the shots total (only 1 game). Meanwhile over in Oppositesville, Boston has lost 60% of the games where the B's out shot their opponent. To clarify, when Boston had more shots on goal than their opponent they were likely to lose. And here's the kicker to this crazy land of stats, Boston has yet to lose in the play offs when being out shot by their opponents. "Psst... Hey Bolts, take your time picking your shots."
Stat #5 - Enough team stats, let's look at some chump (individual) stats:
Most Likely to Score If they Shoot:
- The player most likely to score when the biscuit leaves his stick in this series is Boston's Chris Kelly who has converted on 4 of his 14 shots for a 28.6% scoring rate so far these playoffs.
- Next up is Tampa's injured Pavel Kubina who had scored 2 times in 7 shots (also 28.6%) placed on goal before being injured by a dirty elbow along the glass in round 2.
Most Likely to Sit in the Penalty Box:
- Boston's Milan Lucic lead's both teams player's with 31 min in 11 games played.
- Tampa's Steve Downie comes in behind Lucic with 20 min riding the "You Shouldn't Have Done That" Pine bench in 10 games played.
Most Likely to Shoot (Most Shots On Goal):
Most Likely to Need to Nap on the Bus to the Game (Avg Minutes Played/Game):
- Boston's Zdeno Chara (28:41) and Dennis Seidenberg (28:36)
Most Likely to Score the Only Goal that Really Counts (Game Winning Goals):
- This is a draw between Boston's David Krejci and Tampa's Vincent Lecavalier as each have posted 3 goals that have sealed their opponent's fate. They also both share the lead among all NHL players in game winning goals so far in these playoffs.
Well, there's some stats to get familiar with the role players on each team.