Thursday, December 25, 2008

Badger Men by the Numbers

The second half of the season starts in a few short days, but before that begins let's take a look at how the first half of the season stacked up in comparison to our WCHA foes. The following stats are borrowed from College Hockey Stats.
Scoring Offense:                Games   Goals     G/GM
1 Denver 14 53 3.79
2 Wisconsin 14 49 3.50
3 Minnesota State 14 41 2.93
4 Minnesota 12 35 2.92
North Dakota 12 35 2.92
6 St. Cloud State 12 33 2.75
7 Colorado College 14 37 2.64
Minnesota Duluth 14 37 2.64
9 Alaska Anchorage 12 29 2.42
10 Michigan Tech 14 18 1.29
Overall Wisconsin is ranked in a tie for 10th in the nation.
Scoring Defense:                Games   Goals     G/GM
1 Minnesota 12 23 1.92
2 Minnesota Duluth 14 31 2.21
3 Denver 14 32 2.29
4 Colorado College 14 37 2.64
5 St. Cloud State 12 35 2.92
6 Wisconsin 14 41 2.93
7 Alaska Anchorage 12 37 3.08
8 North Dakota 12 38 3.17
9 Minnesota State 14 46 3.29
10 Michigan Tech 14 47 3.36
Wisconsin continues to climb in this category. After the 0-6-1 start the Badgers goals/game sat at 4.71 overall, now its 2.89 including non-conference.
Penalty Minutes:                Games    PIM     PIM/G
1 Wisconsin 14 341 24.4
2 Minnesota Duluth 14 283 20.2
3 Alaska Anchorage 12 238 19.8
4 Minnesota State 14 273 19.5
5 Minnesota 12 230 19.2
6 North Dakota 12 215 17.9
7 Denver 14 250 17.9
8 St. Cloud State 12 202 16.8
9 Colorado College 14 221 15.8
10 Michigan Tech 14 214 15.3
Not much different than nationally where Wisconsin ranks 2nd.
Power Play:                    Totals    SHA       PCT
1 Wisconsin 21/ 88 3 23.9
2 Minnesota Duluth 20/ 89 1 22.5
3 Minnesota 15/ 76 2 19.7
4 Minnesota State 16/ 84 2 19.0
5 Colorado College 16/ 98 3 16.3
6 North Dakota 14/ 89 4 15.7
7 Denver 13/103 1 12.6
8 St. Cloud State 8/ 71 2 11.3
9 Alaska Anchorage 6/ 62 1 9.7
10 Michigan Tech 7/ 86 3 8.1
Look who's in first? Amazing what Jamie McBain and Brendan Smith can do for a PP on the blue line. Not that the first unit (generally comprised of Gorowsky, Stepan and Geoffrion) hasn't done its job as well. 12th best PP in the nation.
Penalty Kill:                  Totals    SHF       PCT
1 Minnesota 78/ 82 1 95.1
2 Wisconsin 94/103 3 91.3
3 Denver 75/ 85 4 88.2
4 Colorado College 78/ 89 2 87.6
5 North Dakota 59/ 72 3 81.9
6 Minnesota Duluth 67/ 82 2 81.7
7 St. Cloud State 48/ 60 2 80.0
8 Minnesota State 79/100 3 79.0
9 Alaska Anchorage 70/ 90 2 77.8
10 Michigan Tech 62/ 83 0 74.7
During the first seven games, the team's PK was 86.67%, while in the last eleven it has risen to 92.96%. No doubt the PK has been awesome and a few of the PP goals allowed during the last few games have come on 5x3 situtations. Had the team's % not improved, the Badgers would have allowed roughly 4 or 5 more goals since turning things around. 13th nationally.
Combined Special Teams:           Totals           PCT
1 Wisconsin 115/191 60.2
2 Minnesota 93/158 58.9
3 Minnesota State 95/184 51.6
4 Minnesota Duluth 87/171 50.9
5 Colorado College 94/187 50.3
6 Alaska Anchorage 76/152 50.0
7 Denver 88/188 46.8
8 North Dakota 73/161 45.3
9 St. Cloud State 56/131 42.7
10 Michigan Tech 69/169 40.8
This needs to continue, its 4th best in all the land.
Special Teams Net:           PPF   SHA    PP    PPA   SHF    SH    NET
1 Wisconsin 21 3 +18 9 3 -6 +12
2 Minnesota 15 2 +13 4 1 -3 +10
3 Denver 13 1 +12 10 4 -6 +6
Minnesota Duluth 20 1 +19 15 2 -13 +6
5 Colorado College 16 3 +13 11 2 -9 +4
6 North Dakota 14 4 +10 13 3 -10 0
7 Minnesota State 16 2 +14 21 3 -18 -4
St. Cloud State 8 2 +6 12 2 -10 -4
9 Alaska Anchorage 6 1 +5 20 2 -18 -13
10 Michigan Tech 7 3 +4 21 0 -21 -17
I'm pretty impressed by this based on how the season started for the Badgers. The special teams have been great and need to continue their hot play.