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Gallagher's Puck-management and Defensive-involvement Key Contributions to Habs' Success

By Kicks @Chrisboucher73
Brendan Gallagher is a tenacious player. He is puck-hungry, and goes to the dirty areas. This post will give a quick overview of which aspects of Gallagher's play have helped the Montreal Canadiens be successful. We do this by comparing Gallagher's ratings and ratios in wins with those produced in Habs losses. They can then be cross-checked by performing the same comparison with his numbers when the Habs outscore the opposition at even-strength with those from games where they are outscored.
Gallagher averaged a substantially-better even-strength risk/reward rating and ratio in games the Habs either outscored the opposition at even-strength, or won. He produced a similar number of successful puck-possession plays regardless of the game's outcome, but his defensive-involvement (successful d-touches) was dramatically up in games where the Habs had success. Interestingly, the defensive success-rates remained similar, it is simply the number of events per-minute that increased.
Also of note, but not displayed here, is the fact that the additional successful defensive-plays Gallagher produced when the Habs were successful did not come in the offensive-zone; but occurred in the defensive-zone.
The increase in successful defensive-events buoyed his takeaway to turnover ratio, as that also increased substantially in games where the Canadiens were successful. His scoring-chance ratio was lower in games where the Habs were outscored by the opposition at ES, but remained above 4 regardless of whether the team won or lost.
'ES POS' = games the habs outscored the opposition at even-strength
'ES NEG' = games where the Habs were outscored by the opposition at ES
'WINS' = games the Habs won
'LOSSES' = games the Habs lost

11-GALLAGHER

RATINGS AND RATIOSGALLAGHER'ES POS'GALLAGHER'ES NEG'GALLAGHER'WINS'GALLAGHER'LOSSES'

ES RATIO2.031.802.091.79

ES RISK/REWARD RATING1.541.331.631.24

SUCCESSFUL ES OTOUCHES / MP2.3072.3932.3612.298

ES SUCCESSFUL OFFENSIVE TOUCH %60.0%52.2%60.9%52.9%

SUCCESSFUL ES DTOUCHES / MP0.8520.6840.8230.668

ES SUCCESSFUL DEFENSIVE-TOUCH %65.5%65.6%63.1%64.3%

TAKEAWAY TO TURNOVER RATIO (HIGHER IS BETTER)1.801.521.831.48

SCORING CHANCE FOR/AGAINST RATIO (HIGHER IS BETTER)4.103.384.084.36



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