Obviously, we are at the beginning of this next step in hockey analysis. The focus will grow as event data becomes readily available. Our system at Sportlogiq tracks every puck-possession event.
The position and result of any change in possession, attempt to remove possession, or attempt to make a play while in possession is recorded and time-stamped; allowing us to not only see how each player performed, but to also pull out any series of plays to see the results of those events. All event locations and results are easily viewed in a user-interface. Simply by clicking on any event we can see (among other things) each player's success-rate and per-20 total for that event; both during that game and for the season.
Analyzing the plays leading up to all even-strength shot-attempts by the Montreal Canadiens during their current series with the Ottawa Senators is simply a matter of pulling out every shot attempt and viewing what events show up in those plays. For an event to be included it must be present in the series-of-possession leading up to any attempted shot that was a goal, saved by the goalie, blocked by an opposing player, or missed the net.
The Montreal Canadiens have had 203 even-strength shot attempts during this series.
In game one of the series only 28.5% of Montreal's even-strength shot-attempts involved a controlled offensive-zone entry, while 41.1% included a dump-in. Due to the increase in dump-ins, 73.2% of the shot-attempts in game 1 also included an offensive-zone loose-puck recovery, while 21.4% involved a successful body or stick-check. Also due to the increased percentage involving dump-ins, 42.9% involved a cycle pass.