Posts tagged ‘Chemistry by the Numbers’

October 31, 2010

2010-11 Chemistry by the Numbers – October

by Chelsea

This is something that was originally supposed to be a regular feature last season that I’m going to bring back to a lesser extent this season. If you’re curious on exactly what this feature is, here is our Intro to Chemistry.

Continued after the jump…

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October 26, 2009

Chemistry by the Numbers

by Chelsea

Well, there really isn’t much to go on for the first Chemistry update of the season.

The one thing that really stood out was the Neal-Richards-Eriksson line. Despite how much Richards is producing, the numbers say it’s Loui Eriksson as MVP for that trio. He’s got 16 chem. points with Neal and 17 with Richards. Richards and Neal together only have 10. My guess is that Loui is getting himself in front of the net for deflections and rebounds off of Neal’s shots (Neal has the first assist for 3/5 of Eriksson’s goals).

For the Morrow-Ribeiro-Benn line, it’s really no surprise to find Morrow and Ribeiro clicking again. They have 14 chem. points, compared to 7 each with Benn. It’s also not surprising to see that Ribeiro has the primary assist for 3/6 of Morrow’s goals. Benn has most of his chem. points through his five secondary assists, all of them on Ribeiro or Morrow goals.

There are only two other numbers that stand out.

One of them is Stephane Robidas’ 6 chem. points with Brad Richards, the most of any defenseman with any other player.

The other is Fabian Brunnstrom and Tom Wandell, who also have 6 chem. points. This is mostly notable because Brunnstrom has the primary assist on Wandell’s only two goals. In fact, each of Brunnstrom’s 4 assists are primary, the best primary-secondary ratio on the team.

The chart (confusing, I know), with chem. totals above 6 highlighted:

Here is a link to the Intro to Chemistry post for anyone that missed it: 🙂

October 1, 2009

Intro to Chemistry

by Chelsea

Last season, I wrote a post about a system I figured out to measure chemistry between players based on their stats throughout the year. It was called Chemistry By The Numbers.

We decided to turn it into a more regular feature, so I thought it might be interesting to explain it a little bit before the season officially kicks off.

The “chemistry” total is a sum of points earned between two players every time a Star scores a goal. More points are given between the scorer and the player who gets the primary assist than between the scorer and one who gets a secondary assist. The two players that earn the assists (if two are awarded) also get points between them.

The Chemistry By The Numbers posts will go over things like numbers that stand out (a lot of chemistry between a center and his left wing, but not his right wing?), ones that have changed, high amounts of “chemistry” per games played, ideas for lines or special teams units based on their numbers, etc.

Because I have to track primary/secondary assists to calculate the chemistry totals, sometimes the posts will go over things like who is getting a surprising amount of primary or whose assists are all secondary.

Of course, not every post will have every player’s chemistry total with every other player, so if you’re ever interested to know someone’s in particular (or someone’s primary assist total, etc.) please feel free to comment! We’ll be keeping track of all that information throughout the season.