Winnipeg Jets 2017-18: Evaluating games 21-30

Posted by David Minuk in Columns,Winnipeg Jets on December 10, 2017 — No Comments

After the first 20 games of the year the Jets were sporting a 12-5-3 record.   In the third segment of ten games the Jets have gone 5-3-2 to give them an overall record to 17-8-5 on the season. Broken down as follows:

Games 1-10:    5-3-2
Games 11-20:  7-2-1
Games 21-30: 5-3-2

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

Goal scoring:

Games 1-10:  Ehlers (6), Wheeler (4), Scheifele (4), Laine (4) , Morrissey (2), Armia (2).
Games 11-20: Scheifele (11), Laine (10), Ehlers (8), Wheeler (5), Connor (5), Perreault (5).
Games 21-30: Laine (15), Scheifele (14), Ehlers (13), Connor (10), Wheeler (8), Perreault (7).

As you can see, in this segment of games Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor each added five goals while Mark Scheifele added another four to his season total.

Kyle Connor hits the double digit mark for the first time in his young career as he scored as many in this block of ten as he had in the previous two.

Goaltending:

Connor Hellebuyck:
1-10:  5 wins, 0 losses, 1 OTL, .937 save %, 2.05 GAA.
11-20:  6 wins, 2 losses, 1OTL, .917 save%, 2.74 GAA.
21-30: 4 wins, 1 loss, 2 OTL, .904 save %, 2.61 GAA.

Overall his goals saved above average (GSAA) went from 7.20 down to 6.93.

Steve Mason:
1-10:  0 wins, 3 losses, 1 OTL, .872 save %, 4.84 GAA.
11-20: 1 win, 0 losses, 0 OTL, .971 save %, 0.75 GAA.
21-30: 1 win, 1 loss, 0 OTL, .942 save %, 2.25 GAA.

Overall his goals saved above average (GSSA) went from -3.29 up to -1.76.

Eric Comrie:

21-30: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 OTL, .857 save %, 5.08 GAA.

Goals Saved Above Average explained via In Goal Magazine:

You take the league’s average save percentage and apply it to the amount of shots a particular goalie has faced. You get a number of goals that the average goalie in that league would have surrendered if they faced the same number of shots as the goaltender in question. That number gets compared to the number of goals surrendered by that goaltender, and a plus/minus is created. If a goalie is in the positive, that is how many goals they have saved compared to a league-average goalie. If they are in the negative, then it is safe to assume that they are performing worse than how a league-average goaltender would perform in the same situation.

For a more detailed explanation of GSAA click here.

Special Teams:

Penalty kill:

Games 1-10:  8/36 (77.8%)
Games 11-20: 8/38 (78.9%)
Games 21-30: 7/36 (80.6%)

Another segment of very slight improvement in the PK although they slipped by one spot to 22nd in the NHL despite seeing an improvement in their overall penalty kill of 79.09%.

Power play:

Games 1-10:  5/34 (14.71%)
Games 11-20: 10/32 (31.25%)
Games 21-30:  13/43 (30.23%)

The Jets had quite a jump in the number of penalties they drew during this segment.  They have an overall 25.68% power play percentage which was an increase over the previous segment and increased their rank by one spot up to 5th in the NHL.

Health:

At the end of the last block of ten games Tobias Enstrom went down with injury and he is still progressing during the eight week recovery timeline.  About a week after Enstrom went down the Jets lost goalie Steve Mason to a concussion on November 25th in San Jose.  He was reported just prior to game 30 by Jets coach Paul Maurice to be close to returning to the lineup.

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