WIth all the recent discussion here of Hunter's Time on Ice allocation for the Caps forwards, I have compiled a chart of the TOI forwards, gathering the data since March 8 and computing the Average Ice Time of each.
One thing that struck me when looking at the date was that the time utilization for several forwards was different on March 8 than for March 10 and the pattern of utilization persisted after that date. Both of those dates were wins for the Caps, with the March 8 win coming at home against Tampa and the March 10 win coming on the road against the Bruins. On March 8, Ovechkin, Semin, Chimera, Perreault, and Johansson got significantly more ice time that day than on March 10 and, with the exception of one game since then, have all continued to get less time. On the other hand, Beagle and Hendricks got increased ice time on March 10 as compared to March 8. Despite game to game variations, they have generally gotten more ice time than before.
I have computed two averages, one which averages the ice time for all forwards starting from March 8 and one which averages the time starting from March 10.
|Avg Since March 8||Avg since March 10|
In analyzing the data, it is obvious that the roles of Hendricks and Beagle have increased since March 8, although their ice times tended to fluctuate from game to game. Meanwhile, the roles of Chimera, Semin, and Perreault, our so called second line, has decreased, judging from the amount of ice time received, and could essentially be considered our third line. Johansson got top line minutes back on March 8 but his role seems to have decreased recently, essentially going from first liner to fourth liner but gets special teams time and still remains in the forward rotation when Hunter shortens the bench. Ovechkin and Laich still remain our top forwards, as far as ice time is concerned, despite game to game variations.