Eastern Conference Finals Broken Down
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PENGUINS vs LIGHTNING
PIT wins the series 4-3
In the Eastern Conference Finals, PIT had a 36% Contribution advantage over TBL. Andrei Vasilevskiy's stellar play kept the series close.
The top 4 PIT Forwards out contributed TBL's top 4 by an average of 26%.
Offensively, the top 3 PIT Forwards created 41% more than TBL's top 3.
The Contributions after the top 4 PIT and TBL forwards were very similar, with a slight edge to the Pens. Tyler Johnson was not among TBL's top Forwards in Overall and Offensive Contribution.
Jonathan Drouin and Phil Kessel created a significant amount of offense but also had the highest 'cost of offense' in the series... They led in the turnover department.
Patric Hornqvist was the strongest Defensive Forward in the series by a wide margin.
PIT Defensemen had a huge performance advantage over the TBL D-core, particularly Defensively where TBL's group struggled.
Victor Hedman was the clear Overall leader for TBL but would have placed 3rd on the Pens D-core. He was a very high event D-man in the series; he was involved in many positive and negative plays.
Ben Lovejoy was PIT's Overall leader with a very strong jump in Contribution in Games 5 thru 7, after Trevor Daley was injured. Olli Matta returned to the line-up at the same time and performed like a top 10 playoff Defenseman, after struggling through his first 9 playoff games. They will need to continue to perform at these elevated levels for PIT to handle the SJS Forward group in Defensive Zone Coverage.
Both teams created similar Offense on the Rush, but, PIT created almost twice as much Offense in Offensive Zone Play.
On the flip side, TBL struggled in Defensive Zone Coverage due to PIT's evasiveness and passing skills.
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