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Backchecking: Who's In the Game?

Scott Cullen
3/28/2009 1:05:25 AM
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One of the factors that causes the most concern in my NHL Power Rankings for TSN, is the portion that lists "key injuries".   While I take all injuries into account when generating the Power Rankings, only a select number of players (generally top six forwards, top four defencemen and starting goaltenders) are listed in this category.

This week's Backchecking will take a team-by-team look at records with different players in and out of the lineup.

There are a number of contributing factors that may affect a team's record during a specific time frame, whether it's a favourable schedule, whether multiple players were injured or if players have been added to the roster, so record alone is not going to measure a player's impact on his team but, given how imprecise the measurement of hockey statistics is, it's just another piece of information to take into account.

I'm also the first one to say that record isn't the only measure of a team's success, especially when using smaller sample sizes, so these differences can't be taken to be the be-all and end-all in determining the effect of a player on a given team's lineup.

Some players who measured well this way: Matt Hunwick, Brad Richards, Owen Nolan, Colin White, Radek Martinek, Filip Kuba, Ryan Shannon, Brendan Bell, Kurt Sauer, Kyle Turris, Tyler Kennedy, Sergei Gonchar and T.J. Oshie.  

Some who fared not so well: Darcy Tucker, Robert Nilsson, Brendan Witt, Daniel Briere and Jannik Hansen.

Here's a team-by-team look at records with and without notable players who have missed at least 10 games so far this season (records through games of March 26):

ANAHEIM DUCKS
RW Teemu Selanne
6-9-2 (.382 points percentage) while Selanne was injured; 31-22-4 (.579) since.
LW Bobby Ryan
9-7-2 (.528) before getting called-up; 28-24-4 (.536) after.
D Francois Beauchemin
9-7-2 (.528) to open the season, then 28-24-4 (.536) after his season-ending injury.
C Andrew Ebbett
18-12-3 (.591) before his call-up; 19-19-3 (.500) since.

ATLANTA THRASHERS
D Zach Bogosian
12-20-3 (.357) when he's been hurt; 19-18-3 (.513) when he's in the lineup.
C Rich Peverley
14-25-5 (.489) before getting claimed on waivers from Nashville; 17-13-1 (.562) thereafter.

BOSTON BRUINS
D Matt Hunwick
15-11-3 (.569) when he's not in the lineup; 31-6-7 (.784) with him in the lineup.
LW Milan Lucic
7-4-2 (.616) without the power forward; 39-13-8 (.717) with him.
RW Chuck Kobasew
7-3-4 (.643) when he's been sidelined; 39-14-6 (.712) otherwise.
D Aaron Ward
10-3-2 (.733) when he's out; 36-14-8 (.690) when he's in.
C Patrice Bergeron
13-3-1 (.794) when he's been out; 33-14-9 (.670) when he's in the lineup.
RW Byron Bitz
32-8-5 (.767) without him; 14-9-5 (.589) when he's in the lineup.
D Andrew Ference
24-5-2 (.806) without him; 22-12-8 (.619) when he plays.

BUFFALO SABRES
G Ryan Miller
29-16-5 (.630) in his decisions; 6-14-3 (.326) in the rest.
D Craig Rivet
7-8-3 (.472) when he's sidelined; 28-22-5 (.555) otherwise.
D Henrik Tallinder
6-6-1 (.500) when he's out; 29-24-7 (.542) when he's in.
D Chris Butler
17-15-3 (.529) when he's not in the lineup; 18-15-5 (.539) when he plays.
RW Maxim Afinogenov
12-10-2 (.542) without him; 23-20-5 (.531) with him.
C Tim Connolly
18-12-4 (.588) when he's out; 17-18-4 (.487) with him in the lineup.
C Paul Gaustad
11-4-5 (.675) without the big centre; 24-19-3 (.554) when he plays.

CALGARY FLAMES
RW Todd Bertuzzi
8-9 (.471) when he's sidelined; 34-17-6 (.649) when he plays.
LW Rene Bourque
8-9 (.471) when he's out; 34-17-6 (.649) when he's in.
D Jim Vandermeer
19-17-1 (.527) without him; 23-9-5 (.689) with him.
D Mark Giordano
8-8 (.500) when he's been hurt; 34-18-6 (.639) otherwise.
RW Jamie Lundmark
32-18-5 (.627) when he's not on the lineup; 10-8-1 (.553) with him in.

CAROLINA HURRICANES
D Joni Pitkanen
6-5 (.545) withouth him; 35-23-7 (.592) when he's in the lineup.
D Dennis Seidenberg
6-4-2 (.583) when he's out; 35-24-5 (.586) when he's in.
RW Scott Walker
24-12-3 (.654) when he's hurt; 17-16-4 (.514) when he plays.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
RW Patrick Sharp
6-7-3 (.469) while he was sidelined; 33-15-8 (.661) otherwise.
D Cam Barker
7-4-3 (.607) when he's out; 32-18-8 (.643) when he's in.
D Matt Walker
7-3-4 (.600) when he doesn't suit up; 32-19-7 (.612) when he plays.

COLORADO AVALANCHE
RW David Jones
9-19-1 (.328) when he doesn't play; 22-22-1 (.500) when he does.
C Joe Sakic
23-33-2 (.353) while he's been hurt; 7-8 (.467) when he played.
D Adam Foote
12-18-2 (.406) when he's been hurt; 19-23 (.452) otherwise.
C Paul Stastny
11-15 (.423) without him; 20-26-2 (.438) with their No. 1 centre.
RW Chris Stewart
12-13 (.480) when he's out; 19-28-2 (.408) when he's in.
LW Darcy Tucker
8-5-1 (.607) when he's sidelined; 23-36-1 (.392) when he plays.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
D Kris Russell
7-6-3 (.531) when he's left out; 32-22-4 (.586) when he's in the lineup.
D Rostislav Klesla
21-15-5 (.573) when he's sidelined; 18-12-2 (.594) when he plays.
LW Raffi Torres
23-15-2 (.600) when he's out; 16-13-5 (.544) when he's in.
LW Fredrik Modin
13-7-4 (.625) without the veteran forward; 26-21-3 (.550) with him.
LW Jason Chimera
17-9-3 (.638) when he's hurt; 22-19-4 (.533) otherwise.
C Derick Brassard
26-14-3 (.640) since his season-ending injury; 13-14-4 (.484) when he played.

DALLAS STARS
C Brad Richards
5-11-2 (.333) when he's been hurt; 28-21-7 (.563) when he plays.
RW Jere Lehtinen
15-15-4 (.500) when he's out; 18-17-5 (.513) when he's in.
C Steve Ott
8-7-1 (.531) when he's hurt; 25-25-8 (.500) otherwise.
LW Fabian Brunnstrom
12-10-4 (.538) when he's left out; 21-22-5 (.490) when he's in the lineup.
LW Brenden Morrow
27-23-6 (.536) since his season-ending injury; 6-9-3 (.417) before.

DETROIT RED WINGS
RW Johan Franzen
6-3-2 (.636) without him; 43-13-7 (.738) when he's in the lineup.
D Brad Stuart
9-4-2 (.667) when he's out; 40-12-7 (.737) when he's in.
RW Tomas Holmstrom
20-8-2 (.700) when he's hurt; 29-8-7 (.739) when he plays.
D Andreas Lilja
10-2-1 (.808) when he' sidelined; 39-14-8 (.705) otherwise.

EDMONTON OILERS
RW Fernando Pisani
22-20-3 (.522) while he was out; 13-10-6 (.552) when he's in.
D Lubomir Visnovsky
10-8-6 (.542) since his season-ending injury; 25-22-3 (.530) before.
LW Robert Nilsson
10-3-1 (.750) when he's out; 25-27-8 (.483) when he plays.

FLORIDA PANTHERS
D Bryan McCabe
4-6-3 (.423) while he was hurt; 32-22-8 (.581) otherwise.
C Nathan Horton
7-4-3 (.607) when he's out; 29-24-8 (.541) when he's in.
LW Cory Stillman
11-6-2 (.632) when he's sidelined; 25-22-9 (.527) when in the lineup.
LW Rostislav Olesz
23-14-6 (.605) when he was out; 13-14-5 (.484) when he plays.

LOS ANGELES KINGS
D Jack Johnson
17-18-6 (.488) when he was hurt; 14-15-4 (.485) when he's in the lineup.
RW Oscar Moller
11-9-1 .(548) when he was at the WJHC and then injured; 20-24-9 (.462) when he plays.
RW Teddy Purcell
19-17-6 (.524) when he's left out; 12-16-4 (.438) when he plays.

MINNESOTA WILD
RW Owen Nolan
7-13-3 (.370) when he's been out; 28-18-5 (.696) when he's in.
RW Marian Gaborik
29-29-7 (.500) while he was out; 6-2-1 (.722) when he's in.
D Brent Burns
6-6-3 (.500) while he's been out; 29-25-5 (.534) when he plays.

MONTREAL CANADIENS
LW Alex Tanguay
14-15-2 (.484) while he was sidelined; 24-12-7 (.640) when he plays.
C Robert Lang
10-11-3 (.479) without him; 28-16-6 (.620) before his season-ending injury.
D Mike Komisarek
7-6-3 (.472) when he was hurt; 31-21-6 (.586) when he plays.
LW Guillaume Latendresse
9-9-4 (.500) when he was injured; 29-18-5 (.606) when he's in the lineup.
RW Sergei Kostitsyn
9-7-4 (.550) when he's out; 29-20-5 (.583) when he's in.
RW Matt D'Agostini
13-8-4 (.600) when he's  out; 25-19-5 (.561) when he plays.
LW Christopher Higgins
16-8-2 (.654) while he was injured; 22-19-7 (.531) when he's in the lineup.
C Saku Koivu
11-4-1 (.719) when he was out; 27-23-8 (.534) otherwise.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS
LW Steve Sullivan
18-19-3 (.488) before he returned to action; 18-11-5 (.603) since.
C Jason Arnott
5-5-3 (.500) while he's been out; 31-25-5 (.590) when he plays.
D Ville Koistinen
19-16-6 (.537) when he's left out; 17-14-2 (.581) when he's in.
D Kevin Klein
10-10-5 (.500) when he's out; 26-23-6 (.527) when he's in the lineup.
LW Ryan Jones
15-13-4 (.531) when he's out; 21-17-4 (.548) when he's in.
C Radek Bonk
8-5-3 (.594) when he was hurt; 28-25-5 (.526) otherwise.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS
D Colin White
4-6 (.400) without him; 43-17-3 (.706) when he plays.
LW Brendan Shanahan
27-17-3 (.606) without him; 20-6 (.769) when he plays.
Bobby Holik
9-7-2 (.528) when he was sidelined; 38-16-1 (.700) when he plays.
RW Brian Rolston
9-7-2 (.556) when he was hurt; 38-16-1 (.700) when he's been in the lineup.
G Martin Brodeur
15-5-2 (.727) in his decisions; 32-18-1 (.637) in others. 
 
N.Y. ISLANDERS
Radek Martinek, D, N.Y. Islanders
6-21-4 (.258) when he's out; 18-20-4 (.476) otherwise.
C Frans Nielsen
5-16-2 (.261) without him; 19-25-6 (.440) with him.
D Andy Sutton
16-29-5 (.370) when he's been out; 8-12-3 (.413) when he plays.
Jack Hillen, D, N.Y. Islanders
13-24-4 (.366) when left out; 11-17-4 (.406) when he's in.
C Josh Bailey
4-8-2 (.357) when he was hurt to start the season; 20-33-6 (.390) since.
LW Blake Comeau
9-14-2 (.400) without him; 15-27-6 (.375) when he plays.
RW Trent Hunter
6-9-2 (.412) when he's sidelined; 18-32-6 (.375) otherwise.
C Doug Weight
10-15-4 (.414) when he's been out; 14-26-4 (.364) when he's been in.
LW Sean Bergenheim, LW
6-6 (.500) without him; 18-35-8 (.361) otherwise.
D Brendan Witt
9-6-2 (.588) when he's been hurt or suspended; 15-35-6 (.321) when he plays.

N.Y. RANGERS
LW Sean Avery
32-24-8 (.563) before his return; 7-3-1 (.682) since he was picked up off waivers.

OTTAWA SENATORS
G Brian Elliott
15-5-3 (.717) in his decisions; 17-26-7 (.400) otherwise.
D Filip Kuba
3-8-1 (.292) when he's been hurt; 29-23-9 (.549) when he's played.
RW Ryan Shannon
16-24-7 (.415) when he's out; 16-7-3 (.673) since getting the call.
D Brendan Bell
9-15-5 (.397) when he's left out; 23-16-5 (.636) when he plays.
D Anton Volchenkov
5-7-2 (.429) when he's hurt; 27-24-8 (.525) when he plays.
D Brian Lee
11-13-5 (.466) when he's out; 21-18-5 (.534) when he's in.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
D Luca Sbisa
20-12-2 (.618) without him; 20-11-8 (.615) in the lineup.
D Ryan Parent
26-14-9 (.622) when he was hurt; 14-9-1 (.604) when he plays.
D Randy Jones
19-10-6 (.629) when he's out; 21-13-4 (.605) when he plays.
C Claude Giroux
21-10-9 (.638) when he was in the minors; 19-13-1 (.591) when he's in.
RW Daniel Briere
33-13-7 (.689) when he's been hurt; 7-10-3 (.425) with him.

PHOENIX COYOTES
D Kurt Sauer
4-10 (.286) without him; 27-26-7 (.508) when he plays.
C Kyle Turris
4-10-1 (.300) when left out; 27-26-6 (.508) when he plays.
D Keith Yandle
6-6-1 (.500) when he's out; 25-30-6 (.459) in the lineup.
RW Enver Lisin
13-13-4 (.500) without him; 18-23-3 (.443) when he's in.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
LW Tyler Kennedy
5-10 (.333) when he was hurt/suspended; 35-17-8 (.650) when he's in.
D Sergei Gonchar
28-24-5 (.535) while he was out; 12-3-3 (.750) since.
LW Ruslan Fedotenko
7-7-1 (.500) without him; 33-20-7 (.608) when in the lineup.
D Alex Goligoski
19-7-4 (.700) when he's left out; 21-20-4 (.511) with him.

ST. LOUIS BLUES
RW T.J. Oshie
8-14-3 (.380) without him; 27-16-6 (.612) with the energetic rookie.
LW Brad Winchester
6-9-3 (.417) when left out; 29-21-6 (.571) when he's in.
D Jeff Woywitka
7-8-2 (.471) when sidelined; 28-22-7 (.553) when in the lineup.
C Andy McDonald
16-16-4 (.500) when he was hurt; 19-14-5 (.566) when he plays.
D Eric Brewer
23-16-6 (.578) since he was injured; 12-13-3 (.482) with him.
D Roman Polak
7-3-3 (.654) when he was hurt; 28-27-6 (.508) when he's in.

SAN JOSE SHARKS
LW Mike Grier
8-5-2 (.600) without him; 40-10-9 (.754) when he's in.
RW Jeremy Roenick
22-9-8 (.667) when he's sidelined; 26-6-3 (.786) when he's in the lineup.
D Brad Lukowich
13-5-5 (.674) when he's sidelined; 35-10-6 (.745) when he plays.
RW Jonathan Cheechoo
8-2-3 (.731) when he's out; 40-13-8 (.721) when he plays.
D Alexei Semenov
24-4-2 (.833) when he's out; 24-11-9 (.648) when he's in.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
C Jeff Halpern
7-15-8 (.367) while he was hurt; 17-18-9 (.489) since his return.
D Paul Ranger
10-15-7 (.422) when he was out; 14-18-10 (.452) when he played.
D Andrej Meszaros
7-9-6 (.455) without him; 17-24-11 (.433) before his season-ending injury.
LW Gary Roberts
15-19-10 (.455) without him; 9-14-7 (.417) when he played.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
D Mike Van Ryn
18-22-7 (.457) when he's been hurt; 13-8-6 (.593) when he plays.
D Anton Stralman
16-17-4 (.486) without him; 15-13-9 (.527) when he's in the lineup.
D Luke Schenn
7-5 (.583) when he was hurt; 24-25-13 (.492) when the rookie has been in the lineup.
D Jonas Frogren
16-13-4 (.545) when left out; 15-17-9 (.476) when in the lineup.
D Tomas Kaberle
12-7-4 (.609) without him; 19-23-9 (.461) when he plays.
D Ian White
5-2-3 (.650) when left out; 26-28-10 (.484) when he plays.
LW Niklas Hagman
10-5-1 (.656) when he's out; 21-25-12 (.466) when he's in.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver
28-11-6 (.689) in his decisions; others are 11-14-3 (.446)
D Sami Salo
9-10-3 (.477) when he's hurt; 30-15-6 (.647) when he plays.
C Mats Sundin
21-15-5 (.512) before he joined; 18-10-4 (.625) since signing.
LW Pavol Demitra
6-4-3 (.577) when he's sidelined; 33-21-6 (.600) otherwise.
Jannik Hansen, RR, Vancouver, 13-4-1
14-4-2 (.750) without him; 25-21-7 (.538) when he's in.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS
D Mike Green
7-7 (.500) when he was injured; 38-16-7 (.680) otherwise.
RW Eric Fehr
11-8-2 (.571) when he's left out; 34-15-5 (.676) when he's in.
RW Alexander Semin
10-7-2 (.579) when he was hurt; 35-16-5 (.670) when he plays.
Viktor Kozlov, RW, Washington
8-6-2 (.563) when he was sidelined; 37-17-5 (.669) when he's in.
D Tom Poti
15-10-2 (.593) when he was injured; 30-13-5 (.677) when he plays.
D Jeff Schultz
11-6 (.647) when he was out; 34-17-7 (.647) when he plays.
RW Chris Clark
24-12-3 (.654) when he's been sidelined; 21-11-4 (.639) otherwise.
C Sergei Fedorov
21-8-1 (.717) without him; 24-15-6 (.600) when he's in the lineup.

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