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Friday, December 23, 2011

More on Last Night's Faceoffs

I noted in The Skinny early this morning:

In the Circle
The Islanders started strong, but ended up winning only 28 of 63 (44%) face-offs. John Tavares won 12 of 21 but the other Islanders won only 16 of 42.

A period-by-period review adds a little color to the comment.

Thru 2 periods, Tavares had won 9 of 14, so that means he won 3 of 7 in the third period.  The Isles as a team won 23 of 40 thru 2 periods, meaning they won 5 draws in the third period and lost 18!.  Other than Tavares, the Isles won 2 third period draws and lost 14. 

Josh Bailey had a particularly rough third period in the circle.  Bailey won 6 of 9 through two periods, but lost all seven draws he took in the third.

Frans Nielsen won only 4 of 16 in the game.

The Islanders are now 22nd in the NHL in face-off percentage; they were 19th a season ago.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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