As usual with these sorts of things, they should get better as the season goes on and we get more data.
A handful of teams jumped out, that I'd like to comment on:
- Colorado has put up decent, much-improved possession numbers at even strength. In special teams they have been above average getting pucks toward goal on the PP and very strong suppressing shots on the PK. They have not gotten the goaltending or bounces at either end. I think this ranking overrates them, but a deeper look points to them being better than I initially thought. Perhaps mediocre is more accurate than bad.
- The Jets are another team that this ranking puts substantially above where they are in the standings. They have put up better than average possession numbers but whatever combination you like of bad bounces in their own zone and bad goaltending has done them in. They have also haven't been disciplined, ranking dead last in the league at times shorthanded. If the team hadn't moved, this would be familiar to Jets fans since they had a similar pattern in the second half of last season.
- They won't win the rest, but I think we can expect the Canucks to continue their rise and pull themselves up near the top of the standings.
- The Rangers are in trouble. They've had an unsustainably high save percentage and a ridiculous shooting percentage at even strength (9.9%), both of which are almost certain to drop. They are getting dominated 5-on-5 and are fourth worst in the league in shooting rate 5-on-4 (BTN). I don't see them making the playoffs.
Here is the ranking, sorted by Corsi%
|1||Detroit Red Wings||57.9||57.6||1|
|4||St. Louis Blues||55.1||56.5||2|
|8||San Jose Sharks||51.8||52.7||7|
|16||Los Angeles Kings||49.7||48.4||19|
|17||Columbus Blue Jackets||49.5||49.6||16|
|18||New Jersey Devils||49.5||49.9||14|
|21||Toronto Maple Leafs||48.1||47.8||22|
|25||Tampa Bay Lightning||46.3||46.5||25|
|26||New York Islanders||45.6||45.3||28|
|28||New York Rangers||45.1||45.8||27|