Scoring Chances So Far
This is a graphical presentation of the scoring chances for the Oilers this season at even strength, as recorded by Dennis and summed by Scott. This is up to and including the home game vs Dallas, but does not include the game in St. Louis.
The blue bars represent the scoring chance +/- per hour. So for every hour of even strength (EV) play that Visnovsky has been on the ice, the Oilers have generated 3.8 more scoring chances than they've surrendered. So far this season, at EV the Oilers have scored about one goal per seven scoring chances.
The red bars are the Corsi+/- rates for the players (+/- of all shots directed at net), which serves as an indication of the end of the rink in which the player is spending more of his ice time. I suspect that the true value for most players is living somewhere between the ends of the blue and red bars.
The guys who have the better chances to shots rate (i.e. drive shot quality) are Brodziak, Strudwick, Cogliano, Moreau and Staios. Excepting Cogliano, that's presumably largely because they are spending much time in their own end, so a greater share of their few on-ice chances are coming in transition. Skill and the inevitable bounces obviously come into play as well. On the whole everyone is bunched really close at this, however, and I suspect they will become even more tightly grouped as the season wears on.
And as with all hockey stats, they have little value if context is ignored. The quality of line mates and opposition, as well as the situations in which they were sent over the boards, these are obviously huge factors in any hockey player's results.