The Dallas Stars finally have Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski back together again. And the stats show that they’ve picked up right where they left off: creating scoring chances, dominating possession, and generally being awesome.
So why aren’t they scoring? The answer may lie in that mysterious metric #fancystats gurus call PDO and fans call “puck luck.”
The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks finds that the Stars’ vaunted top line is earning every bit of the regard it receives. The one thing they haven’t earned so far is even-strength goals commensurate with their effort:
Pavelski: “They’re coming. That’s what we keep telling each other, at least. I think they’ll come.”
In limited game action, the line is again one of the best in the NHL. Among lines that have played at least 20 minutes together at 5 on 5, Hintz-Robertson-Pavelski ranks second in the league in expected goals for per 60 minutes (5.31) and fifth in expected goal share (80%), according to MoneyPuck....
As the Stars have struggled to score at even-strength, with just seven 5-on-5 goals in the first eight games, the return of last season’s best line is welcome. It’s not surprising that Dallas has submitted their two best games — in terms of scoring chances for — in the last two games that Robertson-Hintz-Pavelski have been together.
One player in particular is due for a change:
Both MoneyPuck and Natural Stat Trick’s expected goals models view Hintz as the most unlucky player in the league so far. According to MoneyPuck, Hintz has scored 2.7 goals below expected; Natural Stat Trick, 2.38 goals below expected. Both are the lowest in the league.
“Lots of chances every game, but haven’t got it in yet,” Hintz said. “I just can’t get frustrated, I have to another way to put it in and go from there.”
Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]
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In On The #Kill Taker
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Travis Hamonic’s leave of absence is ending just in time for him to enter the Vancouver Canucks’ lineup against Dallas on Sunday.
Canucks defenceman Travis Hamonic could slot into the lineup as soon as Tuesday, according to head coach Travis Green https://t.co/RZJBQYCJwq— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) November 2, 2021
Soooo, Kevin Cheveldayoff faced the music, and Gary Bettman...asked him to dance?
“I wasn’t going to paint everybody with the same broad brush.”— Mike McIntyre (@mikemcintyrewpg) November 2, 2021
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman explained in detail Monday why he cleared #NHLJets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff of wrongdoing in the Chicago Blackhawks sex abuse scandal.
My story: https://t.co/YyHJUmWdTj#wfp
You have questions: How did Chevy win this particular lottery?
Why is Kevin Cheveldayoff allowed to keep his job but GM Stan Bowman and former coach Joel Quenneville are out?— CBC Sports (@cbcsports) November 1, 2021
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...Especially under the circumstances?
Bettman says that the only person who identified that Kevin Cheveldayoff was in the room for the May 23, 2010 meeting in which #Blackhawks executives decided to delay dealing with Aldrich allegations in order to focus on the playoffs ... was Kevin Cheveldayoff himself.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) November 1, 2021
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is addressing the Chicago Blackhawks abuse scandal in a press conference. He begins by apologizing to Kyle Beach.— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) November 1, 2021
"What happened was inappropriate, it was wrong on every level...”
Changing hockey culture needs to start as early as possible. Brock McGillis says hey.
.@brock_mcgillis does groundbreaking work teaching junior teams about inclusivity. Despite enthusiastic participation from teams like the @SJSeaDogs, getting total buy-in from major hockey leagues remains a difficult mountain to summit.— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) November 1, 2021
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