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Dogs vs Cats - the numbers

Friday night hockey sees the Bradfield Brewery Sheffield Steeldogs play the Swindon Wildcats.

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We asked stats man Adam to compare the two teams.

1) The powerplay
The Steeldogs currently have the second ranked PP across all teams in the National League. Including pre-season, they are currently 15 for 56 for 27%.
The only team that are currently enjoying more success are Swindon, who also have 15 power play goals but on just 52 attempts (29%)

2) The penalty kill
The league average penalty kill is currently 43 for 54 (80%). The Dogs are 42 for 52 or 81%. By contrast, Swindon are 49 for 58 (85%) and are currently 3rd best in the league. However, the Steeldogs also have 4 short-handed goals, compared to Swindon’s 2.

3) Shots
Across the league each team takes/gives up, on average, 34 per game. Both teams fall pretty close to that average. However, they are ranked 1 and 2 for shooting percentage at 14% (Swindon) and 12% (Sheffield), so to date both have been effective at putting the puck in the net.

4) Saves
The teams are 1 and 2 in shooting percentage, and are 2 and 3 in save percentage. Swindon have an all-team save percentage of 90.7%, with Renny Marr the backbone with a 91.3% save percentage and 2.8 GAA. Sheffield have an all-team percentage of 89.9% with Dima the backbone at 89.8% and 3.6 GAA.

5) Leading Scorers
Sheffield’s two imports are 1 and 3 in terms of scoring, with 9 and 6 (Vlad and Jan, respectively). Nathan Salem is nicely sandwiched between with 8 and Ashley Calvert has 6 too.
Aaron Nell currently has 15 goals (!) for Swindon whilst ex-Steeldog Eddie Bebris has 12 and import Malasinski has 10.

Thanks Adam. You can see how those numbers play out when the puck drops at 7:30 tomorrow.

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