by Forechecker on 11/04/08 at 07:08 PM ET
Earlier today I looked at the offensive rebounding question, and now it’s time to see which NHL defenses are giving up the most (and fewest) 2nd chances to opposing forwards. How many times do you hear someone say about their favorite team, that all they need is some more muscle on the blueline to help keep the pressure off their goaltender? Well let’s see who actually needs that kind of help.
May I have the envelope please…
|Defensive Rebounding Per Team|
|Team||Shots Saved||Rebound Shots Allowed||Def Reb %||Goals|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||339||23||6.8%||6|
|New Jersey Devils||271||21||7.7%||3|
|New York Islanders||312||27||8.7%||9|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||295||27||9.2%||8|
|Detroit Red Wings||312||32||10.3%||11|
|St. Louis Blues||258||27||10.5%||6|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||295||31||10.5%||6|
|New York Rangers||358||39||10.9%||10|
|San Jose Sharks||265||29||10.9%||4|
|Los Angeles Kings||217||29||13.4%||2|
|Data from games through November 3, 2008|
The percentages here indicate the portion of saves that result in an opponent firing a rebound shot, so low numbers are desireable. And, as with the earlier post, a Rebound Shot is defined as any attempted shot (Shot on Goal, Goal, Missed or Blocked Shot) attempted within 3 seconds of a shot by the same team that was saved by the goaltender, without any other intervening events (like a faceoff or turnover).
It’s no surprise to see Jacques Lemaire’s Minnesota Wild atop the table here, nor the New Jersey Devils (fear not, Puck Daddy, Kevin Weekes should have plenty of help). What is notable, however, is the appearance of typically lousy defensive squads like Tampa Bay, Atlanta, and Florida ranked so highly. Whether this is due to coaches packing players down low out of desperation, or underrated performances by their defensemen, I’ll leave that as an exercise for the reader.
Down at the bottom we see some groups that are pretty well known as doughy-soft around the front of their own net, like Carolina, and Los Angeles, which are basically providing red-carpet treatment to opposing forwards. Colorado might be a bit of a surprise, but they’ve looked awful lately. Chicago smoked them last night, and Adam Foote looks a shadow of his former self. And there are those awful Dallas Stars again… they’re just not having a good time, are they?
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