Red Wings Defense: Stats, of Corsi!

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).

If you're unfamiliar with what the "advanced stats" mean, I would suggest this link as the author provides the formulas, explanations, and even nifty little charts to follow along. I'll give some brief breakdowns of what each means. Keep in mind that any one of these numbers by themselves is not representative of the whole. Looking at them as a group really gives light to what is happening on the ice.

But first: why should you care about these stats? The basics of Corsi and its sister stats is to show who is controlling play on the ice. The idea is that if you are taking more shots than the opponent is, then you're winning puck possession and therefore more likely to score and win.

All of these numbers are scaled to what the player's average would be based on play at even strength for 60 minutes. They can also all be found at the wonderful

Corsi – the number of shots for that scored, saved, missed, and blocked vs. the shots against that scored, saved, missed, and blocked while the player was on the ice. Positive numbers are good.

Corsi Relative – how that player's Corsi compares to his team's Corsi when he is not on the ice. Again, high numbers = good.

Corsi Quality of Competition (Corsi QoC) – the weighted average of that player's opponents' Corsi. Higher numbers means better quality opponents in terms of Corsi.

Corsi Relative Quality of Competition (Corsi Rel QoC) – the weighted average of the player's opponents' Relative Corsi numbers. Higher numbers means better quality opponents in terms of Corsi, .75 and higher is top notch competition.

On-Ice SH%/SV% - the team's shooting or save percentage when the player is on the ice. These are fun stats but do not read too much into them as the numbers generally fall in line with average over time. Only the truly awful and truly great players provide major changes to them over a long period of time. In the short term, though, they can point out hot and cold streaks.

For the purposes of sanity, I sorted by a minimum of 5 games played.

NAME GP TOI/60 Corsi Rel QoC Corsi QoC Corsi Relative Corsi On On-Ice Sh% On-Ice SV%
KYLE QUINCEY 24 14.87 0.43 -0.04 8.2 9.75 7.96 944
BRENDAN SMITH 15 14.56 1.21 1.13 7 7.69 5.65 963
JAKUB KINDL 19 14.22 -0.97 -0.96 5.3 5.55 10.95 966
JONATHAN ERICSSON 23 17.14 1.01 0.77 0.3 2.13 9.57 924
NIKLAS KRONWALL 26 16.6 1.62 1.08 -1.8 1.95 8.67 906
IAN WHITE 15 16.78 0.06 -0.59 -1.8 0.71 5.98 930
KENT HUSKINS 11 12.91 -0.69 -0.86 -12.1 -2.11 1.64 931
BRIAN LASHOFF 21 14.96 0.38 -0.18 -17.6 -7.64 6.92 932


There 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.


Ericsson 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).


Huskins 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.


A 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.

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