Monday, December 26, 2011

Some Providence Numbers to Ponder

The Numbers Game
by T. Chace Jr.
December 26, 2011

As the AHL season approaches its halfway point it is interesting to see the numbers that the Providence Bruins have put up so far.  They are telling a story of problems and promise. Here are some things to think about:
  • Providence has won 4 games in a row, and along with San Antonio, are on the hottest streak in the AHL.
  • They are facing 4 games in 6 nights this week, all on the road. This should be a great barometer of where they're going.
  • 31 Games played - 13-15-1-2
  • Winning Percentage of 46.8%
  • Just 66 Goals Scored - 30th (last) in the AHL - 2.13 goals/game
  • They have allowed 92 Goals Against - 20th in the AHL - 2.97 goals against/game
  • Power Play - 29th in the AHL - 11.9% - 16 goals in 135 chances
  • Penalty Kill - A very respectable 11th in the AHL - 83.1% 
  • Leading Scorer - Rookie Carter Camper - 20 points - 7 goals & 13 assists - 10th in the AHL in Rookie Scoring
  • Leading Goal Scorer - Josh Hennessey - 9 goals
  • Goaltenders Goals Agoainst Average - 2.85 & a Save Percentage of .914
  • Home Record - 8-8-1-1
  • Road Record - 5-7-0-1
  • Penalty Minutes - 21st in the AHL - 467 minutes
  • 25 Fighting Majors in 31 games
  • Tied for 1st in the AHL with Shootout Wins - 5
  • 2nd in the AHL in Shootout Points - 15
  • Jamie Arniel tied for 1st in Shootout Goals - 6
  • Providence is 8-2-0-1 when Scoring First Goal of Game
  • Providence is 30th (last) in 1st Period Goals Scored - 15
  • Providence Goals Allowed in 1st period - 29
  • Attendance - 7th in the AHL - 6210 people/avg.
The problem is quite clear. SCORE MORE. Of course, that is easier said than done.  After examining these figures it clearly shows a need for more goal scoring which would boost the power play numbers as well.  It shows that the recent streak may be the only way they can win.  Great goaltending, timely scoring, and really good penalty killing.  There is a huge need for the veteran players to really start to contribute on the scoring side of things.

The team needs really strong defensive play and has to improve and limit quality shots by their opponents.  Make the shots more difficult and from the perimeter. No end to end rushes allowed. Be more physical.

Score more goals early and limit your opponents from getting on the board first, particularly at home where you have had great support.  All of this sounds easy but the numbers are there for everyone to see.  It should be very interesting as we move forward.

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