FEBRUARY 4, 2022
The Florida Panthers, en route to a 12-2-1 record for January, controlled the offensive blue line, succeeding on 80.5% of their controlled zone entries, 3% more than the next closest team. Will teams react by playing them tighter at the line or trying hard to kill their transition game before it gets going?
Over the past month, the New York Islanders have an average pass distance of 36.5 feet, 2 feet longer than league average and 1 foot longer than their season average. Was spreading out their passing due to several regulars drawing back into the lineup or a sign of a change in philosophy?
The Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team this season with an average shot distance of below 40 feet at 5 on 5. Coupled with a top 5 average shot speed and roughly average screening metrics, the ingredients are there for an increase in scoring in the second half.