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Habs: Measuring and Comparing the "time" Spent with Possession in the Offensive-zone (including Game 7)

By Kicks @Chrisboucher73
Puck-management is about making the necessary plays in order to gain, and maintain puck-possession in the offensive-zone. This post will communicate how well each player performed managing the puck. The graph included displays the percentage of all events (defensive and offensive/ all 3 zones) each player engaged in while in possession of the puck in the offensive-zone. Those with a higher percentage spent more time with possession in the o-zone. Consequently, they spent less time defending in the defensive-zone.
The Habs were able to generate a higher percentage of overall events with possession in the offensive-zone in game 7 than they averaged during the series with the Boston Bruins. On a side note, Montreal actually produced fewer neutral-zone events per-minute in game 7 than in any other playoff game.
Surprisingly, Josh Gorges actually produced the highest percentage of total events with possession in the offensive-zone among defensmen in game 7. David Desharnais had the top percentage among forwards, while Michael Bournival, and Max Pacioretty had the top numbers among wingers.
Tomas Plekanec, and Brian Gionta contributed the lowest percentage of events with possession in the offensive-zone among forwards, while Andrei Markov had the lowest percentage among defensemen in game 7.

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