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HABS: Trending Josh Gorges Game-by-game Performance

By Kicks @Chrisboucher73
This post will focus on Josh Gorges' game-by-game performance through the first 19 games of the 2013-14 season. Rather than communicate all of the data available for Gorges, the focus will be on specific parts of his game.
EVEN-STRENGTH RISK/REWARD RATING AND RATIO
Risk/reward rating simply represents how many more successful plays than unsuccessful plays a player produces per-minute of ice-time. The higher the number, the more that player helps rather than hurts his team. Ratio is simply a representation of the ratio of successful plays a player contributes for every 1 unsuccessful play.
The average risk/reward rating among Montreal Canadiens defensemen is 2.13, while the average ratio is 2.83 successful plays for every 1 unsuccessful play. Gorges' average risk/reward for the season is 2.27, and his average ratio is a team-leading 3.20 successful plays for every 1 unsuccessful play.
Gorges has produced an above average rating and ratio in 14 of Montreal's 19 games. That said, his ratio has fallen below-average in 5 of the Habs last 7 games.

 EVEN-STRENGTH SCORING CHANCES AGAINST PER-MINUTE PLAYED

Gorges has been directly involved in an average of 0.55 scoring chances against per-minute of even-strength ice-time this season. The team average for defensemen is 0.108; meaning Gorges has been directly involved in approximately half as many scoring-chances against per-minute than the average Montreal defensemen.
The below trendline shows us that Gorges has been directly responsible for an incredible zero even-strength scoring chances against in 8 of Montreal's 19 games this season; including 6 of the last 8.
 
EVEN-STRENGTH OFFENSIVE-TOUCH SUCCESS-RATE

A player's offensive-touch success-rate reflects how successful a player is when attempting to maintain puck-possession or get on a shot on net.  Events used in this calculation include; passes, dekes, shots, and dump-ins. Events that occur in all 3 zones at even-strength are included.
Gorges' average o-touch success-rate this season is 69.8%. The average produced by the Habs d-core currently stands at an even 68%. Only Andrei Markov and the supposed high-risk Subban have a better offensive-touch success-rate than Gorges.
Gorges' o-touch success-rate is trending slightly downwards, and has been below his average in each of the last 3 games. In fact, prior to those games, number 26 actually had the second-best o-touch success-rate among Habs d-men.
 
 EVEN-STRENGTH DEFENSIVE-TOUCH SUCCESS-RATE

A player's defensive-touch success-rate reflects how successful a player is when attempting to remove puck-possession from the opposition. Events used in this calculation include; stick-checks, body-checks, blocked passes, and blocked shots. Events that occur in all 3 zones at even-strength are included.
Gorges' even-strength defensive-touch success-rate this season currently stands at 66.9%. The team average among Habs defensemen is 63.8%. Only Markov has a better defensive-touch success-rate than Gorges. As the below trendline indicates, Gorges' d-touch success-rate has been trending upwards in recent games, and has also been visibly more-consistent in recent games.
 
 EVEN-STRENGTH DEFENSIVE-ZONE PASSING SUCCESS-RATE

A player's defensive-zone passing success-rate represents how successful a player is at completing passes successfully in the defensive-zone.
Gorges has a defensive-zone passing success-rate of 77.3% this season. This tells us that Gorges completes 77.3% of the passes he attempts while positioned in the defensive-zone. The average among Montreal defensemen is 74.2%. Only Markov and Subban have better d-zone passing success-rates than the incredibly consistent Gorges.
Gorges' d-zone passing success-rate has been above 80% in 7 of the team's 19 games this season.
 
EVEN-STRENGTH DEFENSIVE-ZONE DEFENSIVE-TOUCH SUCCESS-RATE

A player's defensive-touch success-rate reflects how successful a player is when attempting to remove puck-possession from the opposition in the defensive-zone. Events used in this calculation include; stick-checks, body-checks, blocked passes, and blocked shots. Only those events occurring in the defensive-zone at even-strength are included.
The average defensive-touch success-rate among Montreal defensemen is 68.4%. Gorges' current d-touch success-rate stands at a team-best 72.9%. Gorges' d-touch rate has been above the team average in 13 of the last 19 games.

EVEN-STRENGTH DEFENSIVE-ZONE PUCK-BATTLE SUCCESS-RATE

A player's defensive-zone puck-battle success-rate reflects how successful a player is when attempting to remove puck-possession from the opposition in the defensive-zone by way of a stick or body check. Events used in this calculation include only include stick, and body-checks.
The average defensive-zone puck-battle success-rate among Montreal defensemen is 66.8%. Gorges' current d-zone puck-battle success-rate stands at 71.7%; second-best among Habs d-men.Only Markov has a better defensive-zone puck-battle success-rate than Gorges.

 
DEFENSIVE-ZONE PUCK-BATTLES BROKEN DOWN INTO STICK AND BODY CHECKS

The below graph is a visual representation of the number of stick-checks, and the number of body-checks Gorges attempts per-minute of even-strength ice-time. Also included is the average number of each event engaged in by all of the Habs defensemen.
As we can see, Gorges attempts slightly more stick-checks (black bar) than the average Montreal defensemen, while also attempting slightly more body-checks (red bar) than the average.This tells us that Gorges engages players in the defensive-zone more often than the average Habs d-man.

STICK AND BODY CHECK SUCCESS-RATES
Gorges has a substantially higher success-rate than the average Montreal defenseman when attempting to remove puck possession from the opposition in the defensive-zone by way of a stick (black bar), or body-check (red bar). Particularly impressive is Gorges success-rate when attempting to remove possession in the d-zone by way of a body-check.
 

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