Continuing the look at the Red Wings Corsi stats, here's a rundown of the defensemen and how they have fared. For a glimpse of the forwards, that was posted yesterday. The stats of both posts are up-to-date as of game 26 (prior to the Calgary game on 3-13).
|NAME||GP||TOI/60||Corsi Rel QoC||Corsi QoC||Corsi Relative||Corsi On||On-Ice Sh%||On-Ice SV%|
THE HIGHSThere is something that most Wing fans were not expecting: Kyle Quincey is your best defenseman in terms of Corsi, even while facing moderate competition. For possession he's been fairly strong, it's the traditional stats that are betraying him.
Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl are a breath of fresh air being so high, especially Smith. He's getting among the toughest assignments and is driving play in the right direction. Unfortunately the team isn't scoring as much when he's on the ice, hopefully his offensive game evens out. Kindl is playing against lesser players but is handling them very well across all stats. Hopefully he's finally hitting his potential and can reach the expectations we heaped on him years ago.
THE MEHEricsson and Kronwall are both facing off against the top players but aren't doing as well as we would like. Both are barely keeping their heads above water in possession and are average-to-below average on the team. The SV% when Kronwall is on the ice is disturbingly low. I think for exciting as Smith/Kindl are, Kronwall's supposed #1 status is more than questionable.
White is pretty much in the same boat in terms of the flow of play, but against lesser competition, and the team isn't scoring when he's out there. This is a good example of perhaps why he's been in White's Windowbox lately (shut up, I can't think of a place starting with a W that quickly, and it's a Simpsons reference).
THE OH GOD NO'SHuskins is no surprise. His job is basically to stand there and make sure people don't get behind him. He isn't playing anymore and his numbers shouldn't surprise anyone.
Brian Lashoff however is not progressing the Wings' offensive agenda in the slightest. Corsi ranks him the worst on the defense, both standard and relative, while facing mediocre opponents. I understand he's supposed to be a stay-at-home type, but when the rubber is flying past you that often, it's only a matter of time before the puck is in the net a lot.
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNEDA rookie and 2 scapegoats are looking pretty good, our expected top three are treading water, and the breakout rookie isn't doing well at in this area. Kronwall, White, and Ericsson concern me greatly. Those 3 are who the team is supposed to be relying on but they aren't pulling as much of the weight as is needed.