Team zone starts

One stat that you can see on the site for players but not teams in zone starts: in which zones of the ice (offensive/neutral/defensive) players/teams start. This indicates which zone teams most often play in and can help anchor evaluations of players’ zone start stats. A few people have asked about these stats so I compiled the data for the 2013-14 season. Here it is ordered by O/DZS%, which is OZ starts / (OZ + DZ starts):

Team EV ZS OZS NZS DZS O/DZS%
Chicago Blackhawks 3910 1358 1474 1078 55.7%
Los Angeles Kings 3714 1307 1319 1088 54.6%
Boston Bruins 4004 1388 1430 1186 53.9%
Detroit Red Wings 3800 1299 1389 1112 53.9%
New Jersey Devils 3663 1181 1446 1036 53.3%
St. Louis Blues 3831 1281 1388 1162 52.4%
New York Rangers 3935 1322 1407 1206 52.3%
Carolina Hurricanes 4030 1360 1415 1255 52.0%
Tampa Bay Lightning 3834 1254 1414 1166 51.8%
Phoenix Coyotes 3881 1237 1466 1178 51.2%
Winnipeg Jets 3793 1201 1447 1145 51.2%
Philadelphia Flyers 3801 1219 1417 1165 51.1%
Dallas Stars 3973 1277 1474 1222 51.1%
Anaheim Ducks 4161 1369 1474 1318 50.9%
Ottawa Senators 4026 1285 1499 1242 50.9%
New York Islanders 3876 1250 1402 1224 50.5%
Washington Capitals 3884 1236 1434 1214 50.4%
Minnesota Wild 3736 1176 1357 1203 49.4%
Florida Panthers 3879 1206 1435 1238 49.3%
San Jose Sharks 4222 1327 1532 1363 49.3%
Pittsburgh Penguins 3750 1114 1489 1147 49.3%
Colorado Avalanche 3916 1249 1375 1292 49.2%
Columbus Blue Jackets 3684 1140 1347 1197 48.8%
Calgary Flames 3924 1204 1433 1287 48.3%
Vancouver Canucks 3945 1222 1403 1320 48.1%
Nashville Predators 3989 1239 1397 1353 47.8%
Montreal Canadiens 3969 1117 1491 1361 45.1%
Edmonton Oilers 3847 1077 1448 1322 44.9%
Buffalo Sabres 3812 1092 1336 1384 44.1%
Toronto Maple Leafs 4257 1111 1512 1634 40.5%

3 thoughts on “Team zone starts

  1. Any thoughts on why a good possession team like the Sharks would start in their own zone so much. Based solely on possession information, one would think they would be up with the Kings and Hawks

    1. Good question. My guess is that their goalies freeze the puck where others keep it in play due to a combination of better rebound control or choice. Or the flipside where their forwards don’t press the opposing goalie to freeze the puck and/or the goalies keep the puck in play more often.

  2. Thanks so much for compiling this!!! I’m starting to see a lot of people automatically (and incorrectly) point to a player’s offensive zone start percentage as evidence of ‘sheltered minutes’. Not only does it not take into account QoC, but it also doesn’t account for the fact that comparisons of players on different teams are more meaningful when you taken into account the whole team’s percentage…. a Chicago forward is much more likely to have favorable starts than a Buffalo player, for example, and a big part of the reason why is because as a whole, the team is starting off in the OZ a much higher percentage of the time.

    I’d love to see this incorporated into some team based reports in the future- Thanks for all your great work- this is easily my favorite stop for advanced stats!

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