Noon Number (December 15th): 7

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Let's look at some of the very early on-ice numbers for the Wild's 7 main penalty-killers.

One of the websites I use very frequently for underlying numbers is Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com. A great feature of that site, something that the awesome ExtraSkater.com has yet to incorporate, is the ability to look at individual on-ice stats by "rate" instead of "total". For example, instead of looking at a player's total On-Ice Corsi Against this year, you can see how many Corsi events against occur per 20 minutes of his ice time (CA/20).

I like using that feature to see which players are limiting shot attempts most effectively in 4v5 situations, but the downside is that Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com has a "50 minutes" minimum for players before you can see their numbers, and it takes players quite a while to have played more than 50 minutes at 4v5 during a season.

Thankfully, we've reached a point this season where 7 Wild players have passed the "50 minutes played" mark, so it is possible to view the numbers for the team's main penalty-killers, thouh unfortunately guys who have missed some games but still contribute to the PK, such as Keith Ballard, Marco Scandella and Nate Prosser are omitted.

Before I get into the numbers, it's important to remember that this is a tiny sample size, so I'm merely presenting the data that has been recorded so far and not trying to draw any major conclusions about who is and isn't good on the penalty kill. Later in the year it will be more reasonable to analyse these numbers.


-The following 4 tables rank the Wild's 7 most-regular 4v5 players by Corsi Against/20, Fenwick Against/20, Shots Against/20 and Goals Against/20:

Corsi (Shot Attempts)

Wild Skaters: 4v5 On-Ice Corsi Stats

Player

4v5 TOI

Corsi Against/20

Matt Cooke

86:24

22.917

Clayton Stoner

53:54

24.119

Kyle Brodziak

98:28

27.420

Jared Spurgeon

75:23

27.592

Ryan Suter

87:01

28.041

Jonas Brodin

70:16

30.171

Mikko Koivu

51:39

33.301


Fenwick (Unblocked Shot Attempts)

Wild Skaters: 4v5 On-Ice Fenwick Stats

Player

4v5 TOI

Fenwick Against/20

Matt Cooke

86:24

17.824

Clayton Stoner

53:54

18.553

Jared Spurgeon

75:23

20.429

Kyle Brodziak

98:28

20.718

Ryan Suter

87:01

21.835

Jonas Brodin

70:16

23.34

Mikko Koivu

51:39

26.718


Shots

Wild Skaters: 4v5 On-Ice Shot Stats

Player

4v5 TOI

Shots Against/20

Clayton Stoner

53:54

13.358

Matt Cooke

86:24

13.889

Kyle Brodziak

98:28

15.843

Jared Spurgeon

75:23

16.449

Ryan Suter

87:01

16.778

Jonas Brodin

70:16

17.362

Mikko Koivu

51:39

20.136


Goals

Wild Skaters: 4v5 On-Ice Goal Stats

Player

4v5 TOI

Goals Against/20

Ryan Suter

87:01

1.839

Matt Cooke

86:24

1.852

Jonas Brodin

70:16

1.992

Kyle Brodziak

98:28

2.031

Jared Spurgeon

75:23

2.123

Mikko Koivu

51:39

2.711

Clayton Stoner

53:54

3.34

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Noon Christmas Tune:

Seeing as we're now into December and Christmas is fast approaching, I'll be featuring a different Christmas song in each of the Noon Numbers I write up until the big day.

Your 7th song of the month is this typically-weird bit of nonsense from the Flaming Lips:



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