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The defense is a mess, quantified: Bruins Usage Adjusted Corsi and Points by lines

Looking at the Bruins and their usage adjusted corsi, both for, against, and total as well as goals, assists, and points per 60 minutes from Domenic Galamini (@MimicoHero)

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Ever wonder where your favorite player or a player on your team stacks up against the rest of the NHL? Domenic Galamini on his site created a visual here which includes all statistics from 2012 - 15, of all forwards to play 600 or more 5 on 5 time. The way he calculates the numbers and adjusts for usage is outlined here.

There are 10 current Bruins forwards who were included in his numbers, so lets dig in!


First Line:

Marchand Bergeron Smith

We joke that we arent worthy of Patrice Bergeron. We really aren't, with him ranking, in order: first, first, first, forty-sixth, forty-sixth, thirtieth, and then fourth. Between Marchand and Bergeron, there are two possession driving, point scoring players who to some people don't think form the first line. As for Reilly Smith? Solid possession driver who might not put up a ton of points, but is still an average second liner in that regard.

Second Line:
Lucic Krejci

Defensively this line is nothing to write home about, but offensively, they're as dynamic as they come. Krejci is one of the best assist men in the league, and still a pretty good goal scorer. Milan Lucic's points are just outside that of the top 90 players in the league, but are still comparable to a very good second liner. This is where the real value of Bergeron shows, as he can take all of the defensive zone starts, allowing the "second" line to be used as an offensive weapon. David Pastrnak did not meet the 600 minutes at even strength requirement, so wasn't able to be added.

Third Line:

Kelly Söderberg Eriksson

Loui Loui Louie... This line has a little bit of everything, with Chris Kelly being one of the top 25 defensive centers since 2005 and scoring like a third liner, Loui Eriksson driving play like a solid first line player while chipping in second liner point totals (hey, seems pretty similar to Smith in that regard!) and Carl Söderberg leading the way in terms of points, this line is as balanced as they come. With effectively one eye, Carl Söderberg is outscoring 318 two eyed players, putting him seventy-third in terms of points, yet he is middling in terms of possession. This is one case where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Fourth Line:

Paille Campell

Man, that Gregory Campbell. He sure is something. For a "defensive forward" he sure is pretty bad at limiting the other teams shot attempts against the Bruins, putting him at 380th out of 391 forwards. Overall, he ranks 381st in terms of possession (the worst "fourth line" player would be 360th in this scenario). He is below replacement level. He should not be playing. He doesn't put up enough points to overcome that hes a black hole possession wise, as his point totals rank him 312th in the league. Dan Paille is a decent fourth liner, potentially a third liner on a bad team. Nothing flashy, but gets the job done. Neither Craig Cunningham, Seth Griffith, Jordan Caron, or any other current option for the Bruins had more than 600 even strength minutes, so weren't included in the data.


Ranked defenseman using the same formula as the forwards, but out of 210 instead of the 390 that the forwards were. (30 teams, 7 defenseman per team)

First Pairing:

Chara Hamilton

If there was a way to turn back time, I would love for Chara to be in his mid 20's again, just so we have another 10-15 years of watching him play-93 shark. Hes going to be a hall of famer, and pairing him with Hamilton is just too overpowering for most teams. Even at 37, he is the eighth best defenseman in terms of pushing play, and twenty second in terms of limiting shots against, with Hamilton just behind at 24th. Chara and Hamilton are just plain good, and having Hamilton being shown the ropes by Chara has really helped Dougies growth.

Second Pairing:

Seidenberg McQuaid

Dennis Seidenberg has slowed down quite a bit over the past few years, but he is stil a fringe second pairing guy, but closer to third pairing, ranking 139th out of 210 in terms of possession, and 92nd in terms of points per sixty. Adam McQuaid, while a decent third pairing defenseman, is woefully outcast as a top four guy, and this is an area where the Bruins should look to upgrade at the trade deadline, as it would allow McQuaid to slide back to a third pairing role that he is more suited to.

Third Pairing:

Krug Miller

Torey Krug is very solid offensively, ranking 46th in usage adjusted corsi for, but ranks very low in terms of limiting shot attempts against. Kevan Miller is just brutal offensively, ranking him second to last while he pulls decent defensive numbers. They're the typical offensive defenseman and defensive defenseman pairing that you put together for the chemistry rating in video games.

7th Defenseman:


If there was a bar for "big mistakes" per sixty minutes, it would look a lot like his goals ranking. Its somewhat amazing that despite having no goals, he is still the 45th best offensive defenseman in terms of points per 60 minutes. His underlying numbers and his ice time seems to be in conflict, having only played 20 of 50 games this year. When given a chance, and with the confidence of his coach, Bartkowski has been a decent defenseman.


Rask sv%

The three goalies ahead of Rask in this combine for half of the starts Rask has. (67 compared to Rasks 134). Rask has rebounded since a rough start to the season, and his numbers are back to his usual self. Since December 18th Rask has a .929 save percentage in 18 games, with a 2.11 GAA. Don't tell that to people who wanted to trade him in the beginning of the season.

Link to goalie stats