Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Shot Location and Shots AT Goal in the 1972 Summit Series

Sometimes I think we NHL Internet statzis don't give enough credit to the some of the old school NHL coaches and managers.

Below is a scan of the shot locations for the first period of the final game in the 1972 Summit Series. The data was recorded by long time NHL statistician Ron Andrews. It was the property of John Ferguson, an assistant coach for Canada, and was auctioned off, along with the other game sheets for the final four games of the series, last December. Click to enlarge.

I don't know what the shorthand means, nor do I know how this information was used. Surely missed and blocked shots are included, otherwise the totals would be far too high. I also don't know what the Soviets were recording.

And here is a sample of the player summary stats. The SAG column is shots AT goal. So the player seems to be getting credit for shots that missed or were blocked. Hrmmm, maybe we've been giving those Buffalo Sabres folks too much credit. Again, click to enlarge.


Blogger Showerhead said...

Not a series I've watched in any great detail. First impressions:

USSR wins the SAG battle 453 - 410.
TCAN wins the SOG battle 231 - 200

USSR crushes TCAN on special teams, generating a 32 - 18 lead in terms of powerplays, scores at ~%20 on the PP and outscores TCAN on Canada's own powerplays. Unbelievable.

Now of course this would likewise mean Canada scored 5 more ES goals than the USSR over this period which, if you could reasonably expect a more disciplined Canadian game, would be a point in favor.

I wonder how people remember these games though. Do these stats imply more of the series was spent in Canada's end? That Canada blocked shots whilst USSR didn't? That Canada was more effective in the trenches at ES but embarrassed at special teams?

Also, just to clarify - the series went 8 games, yes?

7/21/2010 11:35 am  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

Yeah, without a breakdown of special teams and even strength it's anyone's guess.

Maybe Canada got lots of chances on the PP but they just didn't go in. Maybe the Soviets built most of their shots advantage on the PP. Maybe Canada got in the shooting lanes and forced misses and blocked a lot of shots.

I don't know. Pat MacLean is spearheading a project to rewatch the games and record modern stats, which is very cool. We'll learn a tonne from that. Coaching strategies, matchups, score effects, etc. It will all come into the light then.

7/21/2010 11:50 am  
Blogger Showerhead said...

Hmmm, what Pat's doing sounds pretty cool. I'm the first to admit a nearly complete ignorance about that series but seeing as '72 has entered a rarefied sort of hockey mythos I think it would be interesting to poll people of its generation on a few basic questions about the hockey that was played. If ever there was a chance to look at hindsight psychology through a sports lens, this would be it.

7/21/2010 1:06 pm  
Blogger Bruce said...

Good finds, Vic. That sheet of player summary stats certainly seems to confirm that dichotomy of shots on goal/shots at goal that we were discussing earlier this week. Fascinating stuff.

I gotta get myself that box set and a pencil and watch these games again.

7/24/2010 12:16 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

I am totally geeked out about the stuff you, Pat and Julian are doing there. Colour me impressed.

I know it's just eight games, but we're going to figure out so much from that you'll be blown away.

7/24/2010 4:50 pm  
Blogger Black Dog said...

Julian and Ellen, his girlfriend who writes the totally cool "Theory of Ice" are picking up some games and a fellow named Colin, who I believe is frequent and longtime commenter Mr debakey, is doing some as well. And so will I.

Might be tough to get it all figured out and published soon as I'm in and out of civilization over the next few weeks but hopefully we will have some results soon.

7/26/2010 1:07 pm  
Blogger Black Dog said...

Game one is up.

8/06/2010 12:40 pm  
Blogger Black Dog said...

Game two is up.

8/10/2010 8:00 am  
Blogger Phil Birnbaum said...

Awesome! An historic '72 Canada/Russia series find!

12/28/2010 10:21 am  
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