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HABS D-MEN: Defensive-zone Puck-possession Success-rates (playoffs, Season, and Vs. Boston)

By Kicks @Chrisboucher73
Including playoffs, season, and each game versus Boston this season
This post will focus on the defensive-zone puck-possession success-rates of each Montreal Canadiens defensemen. Defensive-zone puck-possession success-rate represents how successful a player is at moving the puck out of the defensive-zone. Events used in this calculation include; d-to-d passes, outlet passes, stretch passes, dekes, wall dekes, and dump-outs. For each play a player is credited with either a successful attempt or a failed attempt depending on the result.
Conversely, if we subtract a player's possession success-rate from 100, we get their turnover-rate.
  • BLUE LINE = First round of playoffs
  • BLACK LINE = Season (after the Olympics)
  • RED LINE = First game vs. Boston during season
  • GREY LINE = Second game vs. Boston during season
  • GREEN LINE = Third game vs. Boston during season
  • ORANGE LINE = Fourth game vs. Boston during season

As a team, the Habs produced their highest defensive-zone puck-possession success-rate during the first round of the playoffs. Montreal did not produce a defensive-zone puck-possession success-rate above their season average in any of the games played against Boston Bruins during the season.
As a group, the Habs defense produced their highest defensive-zone puck-possession success-rate during the first round of the playoffs. They were only able to produce a defensive-zone puck-possession success-rate above their season average during the first game they played against the Bruins during the regular season.
Among Habs defensemen, the top d-zone possession success-rate during the first round of the playoffs was produced by PK Subban. He was followed closely by Josh Gorges, Andrei Markov, and Mike Weaver. The lowest d-zone possession success-rate during the first round was earned by Francis Bouillon.
The top defensive-zone puck-possession during the season (after the Olympics) was actually produced by Bouillon; followed closely by Gorges and Subban. Nathan Beaulieu produced a success-rate identical to Gorges, but posted his number with a substantially smaller sample size. Among defensemen with substantial sample sizes, the highest defensive-zone turnover-rate (not a good thing) during the season belonged to Douglas Murray. Jarred Tinordi had a higher turnover rate, but had a smaller sample size than Murray.
Gorges had the highest puck-possession success-rate during the season's first game against the Bruins, while Markov had the lowest.
The second game of the season against Boston saw Murray actually produce the top defensive-zone puck-possession success-rate, with Alexei Emelin producing the lowest
Bouillon had the top d-zone possession success-rate during the season's third game against Boston, while Emelin once again produced the lowest.
Subban earned the top defensive-zone puck-possession success-rate among Habs d-men in the fourth game between the two teams, while Weaver produced the lowest; which was marginally lower than Emelin's.

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