Vegas Golden Knights 1st Half 2019

The Vegas Golden Knights finished their 41st game of the season on Friday, meaning they are now halfway through the 2019-20 NHL season. I was a bit busy over the weekend but did take the time to save the data before their 42nd game on Saturday, so we will be looking at just the first half data.

 

Team Data

Vegas went 20-15-6 (15-5-6-15) through the first half, breaking even scoring at 122-122 while outshooting their opponents 1389-1281. After their 41st game they were 3rd in the Pacific Division, 8th in the Western Conference, and 18th in the NHL with a 56.1 P%.

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Jack Johnson – Is he better this year?

I still follow a few of the local people on Twitter so yesterday I saw an article from The Athletic about Jack Johnson ($) and saw the replies from Jesse Marshall and Josh Yohe responding to a fan that was complaining they are trying to defend Johnson and that he still sucks. That isn’t what the article was about though, so I thought I would take a stab at it since I rather enjoy playing with stats.

So I am going to take a look at Jack Johnson’s performance under Mike Sullivan with the Pittsburgh Penguins these past two seasons as well as the prior three seasons when he played for Sullivan’s mentor John Tortorella on the Columbus Blue Jackets. In order to compare it accurately I used a WOWY, taking the team’s D totals minus Johnson’s numbers (i.e. how the team plays when he is not on the ice) and used that to look at relative values to see how his performance stacks up compared to previous years.

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Vegas Golden Knights Prospect Update – November 2019

I had planned to do an update at the beginning of the month but I never got around to it, but I seem to have free time at the moment so let’s go ahead and take our first look at how the Vegas Golden Knights prospects playing in Europe, the juniors, and the NCAA have performed thus far in the 2019-20 season.

 

Goaltenders

Jiri Patera – 4-5-0 with a 3.10 GAA and 90.5 Sv% with Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League

A 20-year-old 2017 7th round pick. For the most part the goalies split starts but he has played fewer games and his stats are slightly worse than his partner. He is 31st in the WHL for GAA and 26th in Sv% out of 57 netminders so far this year. Brandon is currently 4th in the East Division, 8th in the Eastern Conference, and 16t in the WHL with an 11-14-1 record.

 

Jordan Kooy – 3-4-2 with a 4.52 GAA and 86.9 Sv% with London Knights and Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League

A 19-year-old 2018 7th round pick. He was traded from London to Sarnia at the end of October after being passed up in the depth chart and he has been splitting starts with his new teammate. He is currently 38th in GAA and 35th in Sv% amongst 48 netminders. His numbers have improved since joining Sarnia (4.40 GAA and 88.8 Sv%) but his teammate has outperformed him over the past 5 games so it doesn’t look like he will be taking over. Sarnia is currently 4th in the West Division, 8th in the Western Conference, and 14th in the OHL with an 11-12-0 record.

 

Isaiah Saville – 5-3-2 with a 2.48 GAA and 90.5 Sv% as a Freshman with University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference

A 19-year-old 2019 5th round pick. He has been working as the starter at UNO while his backup is also a Freshman. He is 35th in GAA and 47th in Sv% amongst 73 netminders and 4th/10th amongst 15 Freshmen. UNO is currently 7th in the NCHC with a 1-2-1 conference record (6-4-2 overall).

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Minor Distractions – AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1st Quarter

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have now played 19 games and are thus 1/4 of the way through the 2019-20 AHL season, so that means it is time for us to take a look at their 1st quarter performance to see how they are doing thus far.

 

Team Stats

WBS is currently 2nd in the Atlantic Division, 4th in the Eastern Conference, and 8th in the AHL with an 11-6-2 record (63.2 P%). They are 24th in the league with 2.63 goals for per game, 11th with 2.68 goals against per game, and 17th with a 49.5% goal differential.

They have gone 14/75 for an 18.7 PP% (#13 in the AHL) and stopped 66/84 at a 78.6 PK% (#22 in the AHL). They have only scored 1 shorthanded goal for but have also only given up 1 shorthanded goal against.

They are doing well as far as the standings are concerned, so it is hard to really fault their performance. However, their PK has been quite lacking and while their overall defensive play has been solid they are still having trouble producing offense, most particularly at even strength. It works for now but it may not be particularly sustainable.

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Minor Distractions – AHL Chicago Wolves 1st Quarter

With a 76-game schedule the 1st quarter is complete after 19 games, but the Chicago Wolves have already played 20 so I am just a little behind. So let’s go ahead and take a look to see how they have performed so far in the 2019-20 AHL season.

 

Team Stats

Chicago is currently 7th in the Central Division, 13th in the Western Conference, and 28th in the AHL with an 8-11-1 record (42.5 P%). They are 29th in the league with 2.45 goals for per game and 23rd with 3.20 goals against per game leaving them at 29th with a 43.4% goal differential.

They have gone 16/84 for a 19.0 PP% (#11 in the AHL) and stopped 58/74 for a 78.4 PK% (#25). They have given up 4 shorthanded goals against (tied for 2nd most in the league) and scored 2 shorthanded goals of their own (tied for 15th).

Overall not a great start for the team, and not really any areas to be very pleased about. They are giving up too many goals against and have a disappointing PK but unfortunately aren’t scoring enough either. I would count their PP as a positive if it weren’t for the fact that they give up so many shorthanded.

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Vegas Golden Knights 1st Quarter

We have now completed the 1st quarter of the 2019-20 NHL season. Technically we should have done this a couple days ago as the Vegas Golden Knights have already played 22 games, but I am just a little behind. I also stated typing this up before they played tonight, so none of my data uses the game #23 performance. But let’s go ahead and take a look to see where we are at this point in the season.

 

Team Stats

Vegas went 9-9-3 (7-2-3-9) through the first quarter, getting outscored 62-65 while outshooting their opponents 707-664 (and now game #22 brought them back over .500 in both P% and GF%). They are currently 4th in the Pacific Division, 10th in the Western Conference, and 20th in the NHL.

They are 16th in the league with 3.00 goals for per game, 15th with 2.95 goals against per game, and 17th with a 50.4% goal differential. However they are 7th with 33.8 shots for per 60, 20th at 31.7 shots against per 60, and 9th with a 51.6% shot differential. This makes them 17th with a 9.5 Sh%, 15th with a 90.7 Sv%, and 17th with a 100.1 luck differential.

They have scored on 16/77 power play opportunities for a 21.6 PP% (#10 in the NHL) and have stopped 68/78 opportunities against for an 87.2 PK% (#4). They have given up 2 shorthanded goals against but have a league leading 5 shorthanded goals for.

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Pittsburgh Penguins 1st Quarter

We are now through the 1st quarter of the 2019-20 NHL season. I am a little early as the Pittsburgh Penguins play game #21 this evening, but 82 games divided by 4 is 20.5 so we can work with a 20-game sample. So let’s take a look and see where we stand at this point in the year.

 

Team Stats

The Penguins went 11-7-2 (8-3-2-7) through the 1st quarter, outscoring their opponents 67-50 and outshooting them 695-577. They are currently 4th in the Metropolitan Division, 7th in the Eastern Conference, and 11th in the NHL with a 60.0 P%.

They are 10th in the league at 3.30 goals for per game, 5th with 2.50 goals against per game, and 3rd with a 56.9% goal differential. They are 1st in the NHL with 34.8 shots for per game, 1st with 28.9 shots against per game, and thus 1st with a 54.6% shot differential. They are 5th in the league with an 11.4 Sh%, 6th with a 91.3 Sv%, and 2nd with a 102.8 luck differential.

They have scored on 8/55 power play opportunities for a 14.5 PP% (#24 in the NHL) but have stopped 41/46 when they were on the penalty kill for an 89.1 PK% (#2). They have given up 2 shorthanded goals against but they also managed to score 4 of their own which is 2nd best in the league.

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