The Islanders beat the Rangers for the third time in three matchups this season, this time beating the Rangers 4-1. Jaroslav Halak stopped the first 40 shots he faced before Carl Hagelin ended his shutout with 9 seconds left in the game.
The Wolf Pack have played another quarter of their season since I first took a look at the numbers, bringing them to the halfway point and the All-Star break. I am using an identical approach as last time to go a bit further than what is available on the AHL’s website, which entails maintaining a spreadsheet that records which players were on the ice for every goal for and goal against. The value of this exercise is breaking down a player’s production by manpower situation, calculating their 5v5 goal differential, and estimating how Ken Gernander allocates out ice time throughout the lineup.
The Rangers’ powerplay, a black mark earlier in the season, has climbed into the top half of the league in efficiency, converting on 19.3% of opportunities.
As always, my analysis of the powerplay focuses on the number of controlled offensive zone touches a player has, how many of those lead to scoring chances and how many result in turnovers.
Staal’s new six-year pact is slightly front-loaded, with 56% of the total contract value coming in the front three years of the deal, when Staal’s full no-movement clause is in effect.
Since faceoffs are all the rage right now, and the Rangers are reportedly targeting someone to help with their faceoffs, I think it’s time to address an issue with comparing faceoff percentages.
Not all faceoffs are created equal.
Given the Rangers’ perennially tight cap situation, it is becoming increasingly clear that the team will be forced to suffer a painful personnel loss or two for the second straight summer. Marc Staal’s contract extension helps bring more clarity to the amount of space the Rangers will have to work with, and it appears that Carl Hagelin is next in line to have his future put under the microscope.
Nick Mercadante first addressed this last month, writing that Hagelin’s next contract will likely price him out of New York: