[Open Thread] Sharks Gameday: The Soup is Boyle'in



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With a lack of time this weekend, I figured to just take a quick, fairly nonchalant look at the productivity of Dan Boyle and Brian Campbell this season:

Goals: Boyle 4, Campbell 2

Assists: Boyle 10, Campbell 7

Plus/Minus: Boyle +8, Campbell +5

Corsi Number*: Boyle 20.5, Campbell 13.9

Time On Ice (5 vs 5): Boyle  23:55, Campbell  25:41

*Corsi number is the number of shots directed towards the net while the player is on the ice. The number can be broken down into whose net the shots are directed towards their own net (-) and their opponent's net (+). It is similar to the plus minus statistic, except it measures shots and not goals.

Boyle seems to be outperforming Campbell in just about every area other than time on ice, which can be attributed to the better depth San Jose has at the blueline when compared to Chicago. But on the same end of the stick, that benefits Boyle- a higher scoring team will obviously yield better personal statistics.

Looking at intangibles and drawing upon personal observation, it's pretty safe to say the Sharks are in a better position to win games with Boyle. A Stanley Cup ring, better shot from the blueline, and team chemistry give him the nod.

Add in the fact he's not tied up in an eight year deal worth $7.14 M per and you've got me sold.

Prediction: Sharks win 3-1. Goals by Boyle (x2) and Patty.

Go Sharks.