April 21, 2009

Like you needed statistcal proof

Joe Thornton is not a "playoff" type of guy. I am shocked. (From the Rink)

James Mirtle gets crafty with some postseason stats on some notable names. In his post you may notice that the name Pavel Datsyuk actually appears before Thornton's name on this list, but as Mirtle points out ...

One of the problems with an analysis like this is that it counts every game as being equal, whether those postseason games were played as an 18-year-old rookie, 27-year-old sniper or a 37-year-old greybeard, and perhaps that's not fair. But it is interesting to see some names you'd expect — like Thornton — mixed in amongst those you'd think were established playoff performers like Selanne and Tanguay.


So Pav's points/game differential is still larger between regular and post seasons, yet he's on his way to his third straight successful playoff run. On the other hand you have Joe, who, well, needs a heart transplant or something. Anyway, it's interesting stuff so I commend Mirtle for info, which I'm sure means a lot to him since he wouldn't know TTD even if we punched him in the face.


Reg. Playoffs


Player PTS/G PTS/G Diff %
1 Sullivan 0.80 0.38 -0.42 -52.5%
2 Selanne 1.07 0.71 -0.36 -33.6%
3 Vanek 0.82 0.46 -0.36 -43.9%
4 Datsyuk 0.99 0.65 -0.34 -34.3%
5 Thornton 1.01 0.68 -0.33 -32.7%
6 Whitney 0.82 0.50 -0.32 -39.0%
7 Gagne 0.80 0.50 -0.30 -37.5%
8 Tanguay 0.88 0.60 -0.28 -31.8%
9 Tkachuk 0.91 0.64 -0.27 -29.7%
10 Demitra 0.92 0.65 -0.27 -29.3%
11 Hemsky 0.79 0.57 -0.22 -27.8%
12 Getzlaf 0.91 0.69 -0.22 -24.2%
13 Pominville 0.80 0.59 -0.21 -26.3%
14 Alfredsson 0.99 0.79 -0.20 -20.2%
15 Kariya 1.04 0.85 -0.19 -18.3%





2 comments:

Anonymous said...

not to mention that goals/game usually dips about 0.5 - 1.0 in playoffs...

Tyler said...

Yes, this was mentioned in his post.