Today we will explore how players have changed from the first two rounds of the NHL playoffs by exploring the changes in goals against and points.
First Chart: The remaining four goaltenders in the playoffs were compared to see if their goals against average dropped (a good thing!) in the next round in order for them to advance. As you can see, Craig Anderson improved the most, starting from 3.09 vs. Boston to 1.94 vs. New York. Marc-Andre Fleury also improved in the second round as well, going from 2.58 to 2.52, while Pekka Rinne and John Gibson did not improve but they both faced better competition and ultimately did what it took to advance.
Second Chart: Evgeni Malkin remains supreme in both rounds but Ryan Getzlaf made the biggest jump in the second round. Erik Karlsson is the most consistent and changed only slightly in the second round while Ryan Johansen's production went down by half. The second round definitely showed a negative association by sloping downward but hopefully these players will make it positive in the third round and do exactly what Getzlaf did in the second round.
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