Scoring Chances: Game 1 vs. Vancouver

Ezra Shaw

Our look at the head-to-head, team totals and on-ice scoring chances from the Sharks' 4-1 win over Vancouver in the regular season opener.

From offensive zone entries to defensive zone exits to open play data, there have been a number of breakthroughs in hockey analytics over the past year and change. "Advanced" hockey stats have also started to gain traction in the mainstream media (here's a NHL.com piece that went up this morning comparing Stephen Weiss and Valterri Filppula's Corsi percentages over the past four seasons) and teams have increasingly begun hiring and consulting with analytics experts to make decisions. New metrics offer boundless possibilities for learning more about the game but one fundamental stat upon which much of modern hockey thought is built is scoring chances. They've been around for decades and remain an accessible tool that paints the picture of a game and distinguishes between the signal and noise of player performance beyond the basic stuff included in a box score.

What constitutes a scoring chance is a bit subjective and tends to differ depending on who's counting them. Essentially, I record a play as a "scoring chance" when it involves an unblocked shot attempt from the bounded area of the ice seen in this diagram. However, if there's a substantial screen or a considerable amount of puck movement that causes the goaltender to move laterally preceding the attempt, I'm usually more lenient with the location. While chances generally line up with shot plus-minus, or Corsi, in the long run, shot quality can play a significant role in determining single-game outcomes. Scoring chances essentially operate as a check on Corsi to verify whether the team generating more shots in a given game, or over a series of games, is getting those shots from dangerous locations. At the single-game level, I think it's the more valuable metric and it's certainly far more valuable than traditional plus-minus. Without further ado, here's the scoring chance data from the season opener:

Complete scoring chance summary

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 15:26 Thornton from Pavelski, goalpost (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 39 22 31 17 14 2 3 1 5v4
Away 1 10:57 Garrison one-timer from D. Sedin, goal (5v4 PP) 8 12 44 61 31 17 33 22 5 23 1 4v5
Away 1 8:33 Kesler from Higgins, miss 19 48 88 22 52 31 17 36 20 5 23 1 5v5
Home 1 7:52 Burns wraparound off turnover, save 19 48 88 5 27 31 21 32 29 8 18 1 5v5
Home 1 5:36 Pavelski breakaway off turnover, save (4v5 SH) 8 10 44 61 31 25 32 7 2 3 1 4v5
Home 1 4:51 Hertl, save 19 39 48 88 22 52 25 7 14 8 23 1 5v5
Home 1 4:50 Burns rebound from Hertl, block 19 39 48 88 22 52 25 7 14 8 23 1 5v5
Home 1 3:13 Hertl deflection from Burns, save (5v4 PP) 48 81 88 5 52 31 25 14 5 8 1 5v4
Home 1 0:40 Couture from Marleau, save 12 39 81 44 61 31 25 15 7 5 8 1 5v5
Away 2 19:02 D. Sedin from Burrows, miss 8 57 83 22 52 31 33 14 22 2 3 1 5v5
Away 2 18:07 Booth one-timer from Santorelli, save 19 48 88 44 61 31 25 15 7 5 23 1 5v5
Away 2 16:16 H. Sedin from D. Sedin, save 19 48 88 5 27 31 33 14 22 5 23 1 5v5
Home 2 14:08 Burns from Hertl, goal 19 48 88 5 27 31 17 36 20 5 23 1 5v5
Away 2 13:35 Burrows from H. Sedin on 2on1, goalpost 12 39 81 44 61 31 33 14 22 2 3 1 5v5
Home 2 12:28 Wingels rebound from Irwin, miss 8 57 83 22 52 31 25 15 7 8 18 1 5v5
Home 2 10:08 Pavelski from Thornton, save (5v3 PP) 8 12 19 39 22 31 20 8 23 1 5v3
Home 2 9:52 Marleau one-timer from Boyle, save (5v3 PP) 8 12 19 39 22 31 20 8 23 1 5v3
Away 2 4:04 Higgins, save (4v4) 19 88 22 52 31 7 20 2 3 1 4v4
Away 2 3:07 Kesler rebound from Edler, save 10 15 83 5 27 31 17 36 14 5 23 1 5v5
Home 3 19:14 Nieto from Wingels, miss 8 57 83 22 52 31 17 36 20 5 23 1 5v5
Home 3 15:05 Pavelski on 2on1, save (4v5 SH) 8 12 22 27 31 36 14 20 2 3 1 4v5
Away 3 10:50 Kesler from H. Sedin, miss (5v4 PP) 8 81 5 27 31 17 33 22 5 23 1 4v5
Away 3 9:48 Higgins one-timer from Burrows, save 10 15 88 22 52 31 7 14 20 2 3 1 5v5
Home 3 6:25 Couture, save 12 39 81 44 61 31 15 36 22 5 23 1 5v5
Home 3 5:21 Marleau from Couture, goal 12 39 81 44 61 31 33 7 22 5 23 1 5v5
Home 3 4:04 Wingels from Desjardins on 2on0, goal 8 10 57 5 44 31 25 15 36 2 3 1 5v5
Home 3 1:33 Boyle from Thornton, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 39 22 31 17 14 2 8 1 5v4

On-ice scoring chances for and against

# Player EV PP SH
5 DEMERS, JASON 10:08 3 2 04:50 1 0 02:00 0 1
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 11:15 3 1 06:50 4 0 03:54 2 2
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 06:53 1 2 00:38 0 0 02:26 1 0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 10:31 3 1 06:50 4 0 03:18 1 1
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 08:34 0 2 00:41 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 12:37 4 4 07:30 4 0 00:11 0 0
22 BOYLE, DAN 15:36 4 4 06:51 4 0 01:45 1 0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 09:25 2 2 00:12 0 0 02:50 1 1
31 NIEMI, ANTTI 8 8 5 0 2 2
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 10:27 5 1 06:18 4 0 01:18 0 0
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 14:11 4 2 00:35 0 0 04:02 1 1
48 HERTL, TOMAS 11:47 4 3 04:27 1 0 00:00 0 0
52 IRWIN, MATT 16:38 4 4 04:49 1 0 00:20 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 11:17 3 1 00:14 0 0 01:24 0 0
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 15:18 3 2 00:31 0 0 03:27 1 1
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 10:58 3 1 04:59 1 0 01:13 0 1
83 NIETO, MATTHEW 08:52 2 2 00:26 0 0 00:25 0 0
88 BURNS, BRENT 12:20 4 5 03:50 1 0 00:15 0 0

Team totals by game state

Period Totals EV 5v4 PP 5v3 PP 4v5 SH 3v5 SH
1 7 2 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
2 4 6 2 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
3 6 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Ovr 17 10 10 8 3 0 2 0 2 2 0 0

Head-to-head even-strength scoring chances

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