Looking at the team statistics for the four remaining conference finalists, I was a little surprised to see hom much they’ve had in common in getting to where they’re at.
All four teams have a strong penalty kill; ranging from an 82.7% success rate (Montreal) to an 86.4% success rate (Chicago). None of the four teams have varied much from their regular season penalty-killing totals, which were all in the top half of the league. It’s a similar story on the power play: three of four teams have a success rate higher than 20.0%, and even Montreal (at 18.5%) is above the league average.
All four teams have had success when scoring first, all have been good when leading after one (Chicago’s been perfect in that regard) and all have been good when leading after two periods as well.
There are some differences, however.
Two teams – Philadelphia and Chicago – have been dominant at even-strength, but both Montreal and San Jose have progressed to this point despite being outscored five on five. Philadelphia and Chicago are also the only two teams remaining averaging more than 3.00 goals per game.
Two teams – San Jose and Chicago – are outshooting their opposition, but Philadelphia and Montreal have been able to progress despite getting outshot. In Philadelphia’s case, they’ve been out-shot by an average of 1.6 shots per game, and in Montreal’s case by 7.5 shots per game.
Three of the four teams left in these playoffs have been able to mount comebacks – Philadelphia, Chicago and San Jose all boast 0.500 records when training after one period. Montreal is the lone exception, sporting an ugly 0.143 winning percentage when trailing at the end of the first period.
Again, we find three of the four teams have something in common: a better record when outshooting their opposition than when getting out-shot. Only Montreal is an exception to this rule – they have a splendid 0.727 winning percentage when outshot, but when outshooting win less than 17% of their games in these playoffs.
Interestingly, only Chicago has been above 50.0% in the faceoff circle; the other three playoff teams have lost more faceoffs than they’ve won in the post-season.