The success of Doughty and Muzzin
January, 22, 2014
By Craig Custance | ESPN.com
Noah Graham/Getty ImagesWhen Jake Muzzin is on the ice, 61.1 percent of all shot attempts are at the opposing goalie.There’s a statistic that tracks the percentage of shot attempts taken at even strength while a player is on the ice, that helps identify which teams and players are the most effective at controlling play.
The teams at the top of that list are not surprising -- Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues Blues and Chicago Blackhawks -- a trio that spends a lot of time generating offense. The players typically populating the list are high-end too -- Anze Kopitar, Patrice Bergeron, Justin Williams, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa.
There’s one name that jumps out.
Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin is a surprising member of the advanced stat all-stars. When he’s on the ice at even strength, 61.1 percent of all shot attempts are at the opposing goalie -- a number topped only by teammate Justin Williams. There’s not another defenseman in the league over 60 percent. According to behindthenet.ca, his Corsi rating is 23.88 -- again the tops among defensemen who have played at least 20 games this season.