I've talked a bit about scoring chances on this blog and how important they are when it comes to determining how much success a team has. If you don't remember what a scoring chance is, then I'll give you a brief explanation. It's a shot directed at the opponent's net from a dangerous scoring area and it includes missed and blocked shots. The exact "scoring chance area" is debated over by several bloggers but the general idea is that it's the area in front of the net to the top of the face-off circles from inside the two face-off dots. This picture courtesy of Arctic Ice Hockey explains it better. It is similar to corsi only we use shots that were counted as scoring chances instead of shots in general so we know which players are creating offense better than others. Corsi is a great system for measuring possession numbers, but scoring chances gives you a better idea of which players are producing better than others and which ones are getting lucky or unlucky.
Most teams have statisticians who track numbers officially for their respective teams and this has slowly been gaining popularity on the blogosphere, too. Bloggers who currently track chances for their teams are Derek Zona at Litter Box Cats (Florida Panthers), Dennis King at MC79hockey.com (Edmonton Oilers), Neil Greenberg at Russian Machine Never Breaks (Washington Capitals), Kent Wilson at Flames Nation (Calgary Flames), Eric T. at Broad Street Hockey (Philadelphia Flyers), George Ays at Blueshirt Banter (New York Rangers), Oliver at En attendant les Nordiques (Montreal Canadiens), the people at Under The Helmet of Slava Duris (Toronto Maple Leafs) and I will be doing it for the Canes on this blog for this upcoming season.
Doing this for the most recent Hurricanes season was a bit difficult because I don't have all 82 games available for me to watch on demand (although that would be sweet) but what I do have is access to every game's shot charts on NHL.com and Vic Ferrari's awesome scoring chance script at Time On Ice to help me do this project. So, we are looking at scoring chance data based on shots on goal instead of shots directed at the net. It's a little rought but I think the data does give a good general idea of who was producing more than others. You have to take things like zone starts, playing time, quality of competition and a player's performance in comparison to the rest of the team into context with these numbers, too. Without further ado, are the scoring chance numbers for the Canes: