Battery Mates: Game 74 (vs. Philadelphia)

By Rob Mixer on March 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm
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You just watched the game. Odds are you thought a certain player had a great night, and you're wondering if the numbers back up what your eyes told you. Even if that's completely false, "Battery Mates" is here to help.

We'll pick our own three stars based on Game Score, a comprehensive individual performance metric developed in the hockey analytics community. For more on how Game Score works, read this.

These are 1st Ohio Battery's three stars from Saturday's 1-0 win over Philadelphia:


After this recent stretch in which the Blue Jackets haven't played particularly well (we'll say "this stretch" is the last three or four games), the most encouraging development has been the play of Sergei Bobrovsky. Not only is he keeping them in games, but he's almost single-handedly winning some. Saturday was an example of that; the Blue Jackets couldn't get much going in the offensive zone and the Flyers didn't have trouble pumping shots toward the Columbus net, but Bobrovsky was there to turn aside all 36 of them. It was his seventh shutout of the season, a win that propelled his March record to 8-0-1 with a superhuman .970 save percentage.


Wennberg's goal - his 13th of the season - was the only goal of the game and it came on a nifty deflection as he drove by the net. Kyle Quincey flipped a harmless-looking wrister toward Michal Neuvirth and Wennberg knocked it from shoulder-height at release to five-hole as it entered the net. The Game Score data for Blue Jackets' players not named Bobrovsky doesn't paint a lovely picture for this game, but Wennberg's 14 minutes of ice time and a break-even Corsi (50%) in all situations made his performance the best among Blue Jackets skaters.


Quincey's Game Score is largely reflective of his assist on the game-winning goal, because otherwise, he struggled in the game (but was not alone). The Blue Jackets were caved in at even strength and the power play didn't do much either, so the Corsi numbers are kind of disturbing; Quincey was a -12 in 5-on-5 Corsi (28.6%) in about 12 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time.

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