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HABS: Player-by-player Possession Ratings for Games 1 and 2

By Kicks @Chrisboucher73
 Graphs also include season averages
The top offensive-players on any team create the most scoring-chances. The most efficient offensive-players create the most scoring-chances per-offensive-touch. An offensive-touch is defined as any play  a player attempts while in possession of the puck. Plays used in this calculation include; passes, dekes, dump-ins, and shots. Scoring-chances included in this post reflect only those scoring-chances where the player indicated has been directly involved in the creation of the chance, and not just on the ice.
This post will attempt to rate players based on their ability to create offense. The first graph communicates the number of scoring-chances each player creates at EVEN-STRENGTH for every 1 attempted offensive-touch. The BLACK line shows the number of scoring-chances they produced per-offensive-touch during regular season games played after the Olympics, the BLUE line displays their number in game 1 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning, while the GREEN line shows the number they produced in game 2.
Lars Eller, Brian Gionta, Dale Weise, and Michael Bournival produced the most scoring-chances per-offensive-touch in game 2. Players who have produced numbers above their season average in each of the two games include; Josh Gorges, PK Subban, Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher, Weise, and Bournival. No Habs player has produced fewer scoring-chances per-possession than their season average in both playoff games.
This next graph is an attempt to rate each player's ability to create offense by multiplying the number of scoring-chances they create for every 1 attempted offensive-touch by the number of offensive-touches they contribute per-minute of even-strength ice-time. In theory, the players who rate high using this system not only create more scoring-chances per-offensive-touch, they also engage in more offensive-touches per-minute played. This takes how efficient a player is and combines it with how often they have possession of the puck.
Players who are more efficient (scoring-chances/offensive-touch), and more involved (offensive-touch/minute played) are more likely to create offense than players who rate lower.
Bournival had the top possession rating in game 2; followed by Weise, Gionta, Rene Bourque, and Lars Eller. Players who have produced possession ratings above their season average in each of the two games include; Gorges, Subban, Gallagher, Bourque, Weise, and Bournival. No habs player has produced ratings below their season average in both playoff games.

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