A Look at the Powerplay: October

One does not simply remove Dan Girardi from the powerplay

One does not simply remove Dan Girardi from the powerplay

Because I’m a sucker for punishment, apparently, I decided to track the Rangers’ powerplay this season. This is the first of a monthly series analyzing the results. The sample is tiny at this point, but I’ll introduce you my methods and the data will gain significance as the year progresses.

I’ve kept track of all controlled touches of the puck in the offensive zone with the Rangers at a 5-on-4 advantage and what happened before and after those touches. Because one of the most scarce resources of a powerplay is zone time, I’m mostly interested in who is efficient at (a) gaining and maintaining zone time, and (b) converting zone time into scoring chances.

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John Moore Suspended Five Games

John Moore has been suspended five games for his check on Erik Haula Monday night.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the Department of Player Safety video on this one. They can sometimes do a questionable job in explaining the basis behind the suspension, but I’d like to see if they have access to another angle of the hit. From the angle I saw, it was very tough to tell whether the principal point of contact was the head.

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Moore to Have Hearing, Kreider Will Not

Bob McKenzie reports that Chris Kreider will not receive supplemental discipline for his hit on Jonas Brodin last night.

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Rangers Secure Textbook Win Over Wild

Well not really.

This was a weird one. On the strength of five third period goals, the Rangers came back to beat the Wild 5-4, putting the team back to one game over .500.

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Preview: Rangers Look to Climb Back Above 0.500

After a sloppy loss Saturday night in Montreal, the Rangers fell back to 0.500 after a two-day span a game above.

The Rangers host the Wild tonight at 7:00 with an opportunity to climb back to a game above. The Wild are 4-2 themselves on the young season.

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Prospect Scoring – October 26, 2014

An update of prospect scoring so far:

Canadian Juniors
GP G A Pts Pts/GP
Adam Tambellini 12 7 6 13    1.083
Ryan Graves 0 0 0 0          -
Keegan Iverson 14 3 2 5    0.357
Troy Donnay 6 2 7 9    1.500
Daniel Walcott 7 2 4 6    0.857
Ryan Mantha 6 0 1 1    0.167

Adam Tambellini and Troy Donnay each had a goal and 2 assists in 3 games last week. Keegan Iverson had 2 goals in 4 games. Daniel Walcott went scoreless in 3 games.
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