Monday, December 01, 2008

Is It Tambs Or The System

I have the need to slightly defend Tambellini a little but due to an important "cause" that has not been factored in.

In case some may not realize, the Islanders are last in 5-on-5 situations. There are two ways to determine this

a. there +/- ratings for everyone is on the minus side, no one but Skinner (now at the Bridge), and Sutton has a + number. Both Defensman.

b. take a look at this link on 5 on 5.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm?fetchKey=20092ALLAAAAll&sort=goals5On5ForAgainstRatio&viewName=summary

It will show you that the Islanders are last on 5-5 goals and need to rely upon the powerplay to win the games.

Now if Tambellini is projected to be 15-20 goal scorer, then he should have scored 4 goals by now. But there are only three players (Hunter, Geurin, and HiIlbert) who have scored 4 goals or more on even strength.

The average amount of goals scored by anybody else during a 5 on 5 is under 2 (1.72 to be exact). I only bring up the 5 on 5 situations because Tambellini is rarely used on the power play.

My point is this. The powerplay is a key component to the success of this team for this year so far and Tambellini is not apart of it. It could still be the players learning the system, it could be a lack of ice time on the powerplay, it could be other things. But for now we should only expect Tambellini to have 1 or 2 goals, because that is what the remaining 78% of the team is doing.

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