This post echoes the work done earlier today by Tyler Dellow and Cam Charron for the Jets and Canucks, respectively. The question stems from a blog post on Arctic Ice Hockey, which prompted Dellow to see if the most-used players post higher Corsi numbers than the lesser-used ones. He concluded that the numbers, at least for the Jets, bear this out. Charron found the same for the Canucks.
Here is an identical chart, this time for the Rangers. The players are listed in order of their 5v5 TOI, according to Extra Skater. The way to read this chart is that when Brad Richards and Ryan McDonagh are on the ice together, the Rangers have a 48.4 CF%. This data is taken from Stats.HockeyAnalysis‘ With or Without You data. Red = Good, Blue = Bad.
At first glance, it seems like the data for the Rangers doesn’t match up as nicely as it does for the Jets and Canucks. I think a large reason for this disparity is Dan Girardi’s propensity for dragging down the McDonagh-Girardi pairing. The Marc Staal-Anton Stralman pairing has consistently posted better possession number than the true #1 paring, which manipulates the above chart. Perhaps it would also be wise for Benoit Pouliot to receive more ice time than the likes of Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt.
With a few rearrangements, the Rangers’ chart would would fall in line with what intuition says: that the most heavily-used players should be the ones posting the best possession numbers.