The Penguins Offensive Puzzle....... the Pieces Fit
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We know from the Penguins impressive team numbers, they were an Offensive force through the playoffs. Let's see how that Offense was distributed among the forward group, the D core and the individuals.
The Penguin Forwards ranked:
1st in most Offensive categories with a couple of exceptions,
5 of 16 on the Breakout,
2 of 16 in Offensive Zone Play,
They excelled on the Rush, with a 6.5% advantage over the second place team......but dropped to;
12th in Negative Offense, and
12th in High Impact Negative Offensive Plays (HINOP's)
The Penguin Defensemen ranked:
between 6th and 12th in most offensive categories, but most notable,
2nd on Rush Attack
This was their strongest area of offensive contribution. They were Available to both Continue and Finish Rush situations.......remember the big goal by Ian Cole on a rebound off a Kessel shot? In the playoffs, F3's become more responsible and the 4th man on the Rush plays a pivotal roll, even if it’s just as a Continuer.
Crosby, Malkin and Kessel contributed Offensively well beyond any other threesome in the playoffs. They combined to deliver 42.5 % of the Pen’s Offense, with the rest of the Offense coming by committee from the remaining forwards and defensemen.
Letang was the Pen’s Offensive leader on the blue line. He was second only to Brent Burns of the 12 D that made the Finals. He contributed almost half (44.7%) of the Offense coming from Pittsburgh's D men.
NOTE: Letang was 3rd among all D men in Positive Offense but had the 2nd highest cost of offense of any playoff D man. Also interesting, Duncan Keith led all playoff defensemen in Positive Offense but had the highest cost of offense of any playoff defenseman.
Dumoulin was 2nd in Offense behind Letang but a ways back, ranking at 30 among all playoff D men.
Stay tuned for more breakdown of the playoffs.
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