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We are affected by the size of the player. To his credit. For his status in the organization. For a memorable goal. With his physical appearance, even.

Now let’s enjoy. Let’s remove the label, as in wine tasting. Let’s look at Canada’s last season’s stats.

Who is eligible to play in the power play? Which station can go to the wing? Who is despised?

Doubters will be confused!

Who will play in the middle?

Player A: 32.8% in the playoffs / 0.37 points per game / – 18

Player B: 53.2% in the playoffs / 0.35 points per game / – 15

The Canadian has five stops in his lineup: Nick Suzuki, Christian Dvorak, Kirby Dach, Sean Monahan and Jake Evans. If they are all healthy, who will be transferred to the wing? One thing to consider is the success rate in the first game of the league. One of these players won only 32% of his face-offs last season. Not much. Hard to create an attack when, seven times out of ten, the opponent starts the sequence with the puck. And it wasn’t just a bad season or a lack of cooperation from his wings. His career success rate is 34.6% – the worst among NHL starting centers in five years.

Player A is Kirby Dach.
Player B is Sean Monahan.

Who will play in the power play?

Player A: 180 minutes in SN / 4.31 points per 60 minutes

Player B: 146 minutes in SN / 1.23 points per 60 minutes

While the Canadian took advantage of the numerical superiority, last season, it was not always visible. The club scored just 34 extra goals, and they conceded… 12. The result: the worst record in their division.

A difference in power play

Toronto Maple Leafs +59

Tampa Bay Thunder +57

Florida Panthers +56

Boston Bruins +44

Ottawa Senators + 43

Buffalo Sabers + 41

Detroit Red Wings +27

Montreal Canada +22

Expect Martin St-Louis to reshuffle his cards this season. Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield will certainly remain in the first quintet. The defender can join them. That would leave room for two forwards, between Josh Anderson, Kirby Dach, Jonathan Drouin, Christian Dvorak, Brendan Gallagher, Mike Hoffman, Rem Pitlic and Juraj Slafkovsky. Of that group, Mike Hoffman was the most effective last year. low efficiency? Rem Pitlic and Josh Anderson.

Player A is Mike Hoffman.
Player B is Josh Anderson.

Which striker doesn’t have a minimum?

Player A: 55% of face-offs in the offensive zone / 0.92 ppm / – 9 *

Player B: 44% of face-to-face matches in the offensive zone / 0.77 ppm / – 2 *

* Since the arrival of Martin St-Louis

After the arrival of Martin St-Louis, several forwards saw their offensive statistics explode – and their goal differentials continue to crumble. Among the exceptions: player B. This forward, who is often employed in defensive missions, scored 17 points in 22 games. All of his points – except one – were scored at the same intensity. With more matches in the offensive zone, and more success on the power play, this player could surprise next winter.

Player A is Nick Suzuki.
Player B is Christian Dvorak.

What are the most effective attacking pairs?

Pair A: 35 goals for 47 goals against **

Pair B: 19 goals for 11 goals against **

** Together on the ice, with equal strength

Pair A is easy to guess. Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield have spent more than 600 minutes together. They formed the club’s most productive pair, as well as the one with the worst power differential. Note that Suzuki’s difference was weighed down by his many games on the ice when the Canadian allowed an empty net goal. This partly explains his poor record with all of the club’s current strikers – except one.

Unlike Suzuki with the same power

Cole Caufield: 35 goals for / 47 goals against

Josh Anderson: 17/23

Mike Hoffman: 17/25

Brendan Gallagher: 12/11

Rem Pitlic: 8/15

When we crunch the data, we find that almost all Canadian forward pairs are in negative territory. There are a couple that stand out from the crowd, however, with a positive difference of +8. And these aren’t the first two players you’d think of.

Pair A: Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield
Pair B: Jake Evans and Rem Pitlic

And the guards?

Player A: 3 goals saved
Player B:
– 12.6 goals saved
Player C:
– 14.5 goals saved

The Canadiens were the team that allowed the most goals last season in the NHL. Obviously, goalkeeper statistics have suffered. But when we analyze the nature and environment of the burns, there is a gatekeeper that emerges. According to the specialized website Evolving Hockey, goalie A even “saved” three more goals than expected, while B and C allowed more than they should have.

Who is he?

No, not Carey Price (-2.4).

Goalie A: Jake Allen
Goalie B: Cayden Primeau
Goalkeeper C: Samuel Montembeault