A couple days ago I posted the team Corsi ratings for 2011/12. This is the difference in shots attempted (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) taken by a team minus those taken against a team in five on five situations. It is a strong indicator of a team’s puck possession ability. This is an important repeatable part of a team’s success or failure. It clearly does not tell the whole story (goaltending, special teams..) as to which team is best in the league but it is the largest predictable piece of the pie.
Last season the Detroit Red Wings narrowly led the league with their Corsi of +648. This beat out Pittsburgh at +644 and Los Angeles at +636. That shows that those three teams were the best in terms of puck possession last season and Detroit was the best of the group by a small margin.
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