Scoring Chances: CBJ @ NSH 12/22/2011

Well, here we go.

Reliving this game again was a rather painful exercise, but the story here is as much about adjustments as anything else. Looking at the numbers, it seems clear that Barry Trotz made adjustments, and Scott Arniel didn't. There's your ballgame.

Best E/S Forward: Rick Nash (+5)

Worst E/S Forward: Antoine Vermette (-5)

Best E/S D-man: Marc Methot (-1)

Worst E/S D-man: James Wisniewski / John Moore / Grant Clitsome (-3)

When none of our defensemen are in positive numbers, and only one line of forwards is remotely positive at even strength, the phrase "cherry picking" comes to mind. Either Arniel was waiting for very specific matchups for the Nash line, or he was being very careful where he put Derick Brassard onto the ice. It certainly supports the "showcase" theory in my mind...

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20503

Team Period Time Note CBJ Opponent
CBJ 1 18:48 Umberger 3 16 18 21 30 61 12 13 35 38 59 74 5v5
NSH 1 17:07 Smith 6 19 24 30 40 51 10 11 15 35 38 59 5v5
NSH 1 17:02 Legwand 6 19 24 30 40 51 10 11 15 35 38 59 5v5
NSH 1 9:26 Spaling 3 7 17 21 22 30 7 13 22 33 35 51 5v5
NSH 1 9:22 Spaling 3 7 17 21 22 30 7 13 22 33 35 51 5v5
NSH 1 7:31 Fisher - GOAL 3 15 26 30 51
6 12 20 27 35 74 4v5
CBJ 1 7:04 Carter - GOAL 4 7 14 17 22 30 7 10 11 15 35 51 5v5
CBJ 1 6:26 Nash 6 16 18 30 51 61 6 12 20 27 35 74 5v5
CBJ 1 5:29 Carter 6 7 22 30 51 61 6 13 20 25 35
5v4
CBJ 1 5:25 Carter - GOAL 6 7 22 30 51 61 6 13 20 25 35
5v4
CBJ 1 4:30 Johansen - GOAL 16 17 18 19 21 30 7 12 13 35 51
5v4
CBJ 1 3:46 Carter - GOAL 6 7 22 30 51 61 6 20 24 25 35
5v4
CBJ 1 2:43 Letestu 16 17 18 19 21 30 7 10 13 35 38
5v4
CBJ 2 18:59 Carter 3 7 17 21 22 30 7 13 22 33 35 38 5v5
CBJ 2 18:44 Carter 3 7 17 21 22 30 12 27 35 38 51 74 5v5
NSH 2 14:32 Hornqvist - GOAL 6 16 17 18 30 51 6 10 11 20 27 35 5v5
NSH 2 13:37 Hillen 4 14 15 26 30 50 7 13 22 33 35 38 5v5
NSH 2 13:25 Erat 3 7 17 21 22 30 10 11 15 35 51 59 5v5
CBJ 2 12:08 Johansen - GOAL 6 16 18 19 30 51 6 12 20 35 74
5v4
NSH 2 11:10 Wilson 3 19 21 30 40 50 13 22 33 35 51 59 5v5
NSH 2 11:07 Spaling - GOAL 3 19 21 30 40 50 13 22 33 35 51 59 5v5
NSH 2 6:19 Josi - GOAL 6 7 17 22 30 51 10 12 27 35 51 59 5v5
NSH 2 6:04 Halischuk 3 7 17 21 22 30 13 22 24 35 51 59 5v5
CBJ 2 5:39 Nash 6 16 18 30 51 61 6 10 11 15 20 35 5v5
CBJ 2 3:54 Letestu 6 7 17 22 30 51 10 11 15 35 51 59 5v5
NSH 2 3:00 Halischuk 4 14 15 26 30 50 7 22 24 25 35 38 5v5
NSH 2 0:40 Smith 6 7 18 30 51
12 15 35 51 59
4v4
CBJ 3 17:23 Brassard 16 17 18 19 21 30 10 11 35 38 59
5v4
NSH 3 13:42 Wilson 4 7 14 17 22 30 6 13 20 22 33 35 5v5
NSH 3 9:17 Wilson 4 7 14 22 26 30 7 13 22 33 35 38 5v5
NSH 3 3:46 Legwand - GOAL 6 15 26 30 51
6 11 15 20 33 35 4v5
CBJ 3 3:01 Brassard 3 16 18 21 30 61 6 10 11 20 25 35 5v5
CBJ 3 1:00 Nash 3 7 22 30 51 61 6 10 11 20 24 35 5v5
NSH 3 0:09 Erat - GOAL 7 15 21 30 50 51 6 10 12 20 35 74 5v5

# Player EV PP SH
3 M. METHOT 17:31 5 6 0:00 0 0 1:59 0 1
4 J. MOORE 11:31 1 4 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
6 N. NIKITIN 20:05 3 5 4:15 4 0 1:20 0 1
7 J. CARTER 15:31 5 9 3:51 3 0 0:00 0 0
14 G. CLITSOME 11:52 1 4 0:31 0 0 1:02 0 0
15 D. DORSETT 16:23 0 3 0:26 0 0 2:17 0 2
16 D. BRASSARD 12:37 4 1 3:43 4 0 0:00 0 0
17 M. LETESTU 9:50 4 7 2:38 3 0 0:00 0 0
18 R. UMBERGER 13:59 4 2 3:20 4 0 1:02 0 0
19 R. JOHANSEN 6:31 0 4 2:48 4 0 0:00 0 0
21 J. WISNIEWSKI 16:40 4 7 2:56 3 0 0:00 0 0
22 V. PROSPAL 13:12 5 7 3:51 3 0 0:00 0 0
24 D. MACKENZIE 7:58 0 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
26 S. PAHLSSON 14:53 0 3 0:26 0 0 2:17 0 2
30 C. SANFORD 48:55 9 16 7:37 7 0 3:19 0 2
40 J. BOLL 5:32 0 4 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
50 A. VERMETTE 15:19 0 5 0:58 0 0 1:02 0 0
51 F. TYUTIN 20:29 4 6 4:54 4 0 2:17 0 2
61 R. NASH 13:36 5 0 3:28 3 0 0:00 0 0

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 8 5 3 4 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 5 9 4 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 16 18 9 16 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

Half of the shots taken by each time ended up being a scoring chance or a goal. As much as I'm frustrated with Columbus' defense, Nashville really did NOT have a good night defensively, either.

What I really find interesting (and frustrating) is that after two periods where the teams basically traded long stretches of momentum, the Jackets actually did a ton of things right in the third period until the final five minutes. They really locked down and prevented the Preds from getting good looks until that final power play...and then the doors came off.

Damn and blast.

Head To Head Matchups:

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Speaking of "it's not a coaching problem" problems - has anyone else noticed that Columbus consistently sucks against other teams' third lines? We give up more scoring chances to third lines than we do to top lines, regardless of the matchups. Is this a coaching call? Are players not taking their opponents seriously?

Or do they just want it more than we do?

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