As was the case when we last looked in on the scoring chances for the Panthers, even strength play is not an issue in South Florida. This time around, however, the chance counts are dominated by two young rookies, a pair of kids who have proven themselves capable.
For those that have yet to see a definition, here it is:
A scoring chance is defined as a clear play directed toward the opposing net from a dangerous scoring area - loosely defined as the top of the circle in and inside the faceoff dots, though sometimes slightly more generous than that depending on the amount of immediately-preceding puck movement or screens in front of the net. Blocked shots are generally not included but missed shots are. A player is awarded a scoring chance anytime he is on the ice and someone from either team has a chance to score. He is awarded a "chance for" if someone on his team has a chance to score and a "chance against" if the opposing team has a chance to score. Vic Ferrari makes this all possible with his tools to evaluate Corsi, head-to-head ice time and scoring chances.
After the jump, we'll look at the scoring chances totals for the last ten games.
I've broken the chances down by forward and defenseman. TSCF = total scoring chances for, TSCA = total scoring chances against, SC% = scoring chance percentage. The table is sorted by scoring chance percentage.
Evgeni Dadonov and Keaton Ellerby have enjoyed a very nice ten-game stretch, which is heartening for Panthers' fans. Dadonov has enjoyed the luxury of mostly top-shelf teammates while Ellerby has been paired with Dmitry Kulikov.
Part of the reason their numbers look so good is the play of the veteran line of Stillman - Reasoner - Dvorak and the veteran pairing of Allen - Wideman. The old vets are being asked to play the toughest opponents, allowing the younger players the shot at the easy matchups
Rostislav Olesz continues to take grief for not scoring, but when he's on the ice - the puck is in the right end.