Avalanche Line Combos: The First 15 Games

Doug Pensinger

One thing I've been quietly doing this year is tracking the Avs' line combos and defensive pairings. All of the lines for the first 15 games are listed here at MHH and I'll show you in a bit how to find that information relatively easily. But before that, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the collective numbers for Joe Sacco's four lines and three defensive pairings.

First the forwards

ATOI G A PT +/- S HT BS TK FW FL FO% PN PiM
1st Line 19:54 17 24 41 + 20 132 68 32 40 172 163 51% 9 18
2nd Line 17:27 9 12 21 - 21 106 45 26 24 168 164 51% 9 21
3rd Line 13:17 7 11 18 + 11 65 62 35 23 76 84 48% 19 52
4th Line 08:35 3 2 5 - 6 44 61 20 9 31 48 39% 15 50

Firstly, these numbers are for the entire game, so they include PP numbers. This really illustrates well how Sacco likes to use his lines - heavy on the first two lines and very sparingly with the 4th line. The top two lines have almost the exact same number of faceoffs taken (335 to 332). Meanwhile, the 4th line - usually centered by Mark Olver - has been on the ice for less than 10% of the draws (and the numbers above explain why).

Some other numbers that jump out? Definitely the huge drop off in scoring between the 1st and 2nd lines, although as we'll see below that gap has closed lately. The contributions of the 3rd line have been significant, especially considering the absence of two key 3rd line players in Ryan O'Reilly and Steve Downie. And the 40 takeaways by the McDLP line is both hot-side hot and cool-side cool (yeah, there's no L the names...creative license).

And here, below the non-existent jump, is the breakdown by game. Warning: this will probably look like crap for mobile users. Frankly, it may not look so hot for desktop users either.

G 1st Line ATOI G A PT +/- S HT FO% PN PiM
1 L 4-2 92 Landeskog 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 18:56 0 0 0 E 5 6 50% 0 0
2 W 3-1 92 Landeskog 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 20:08 2 1 3 + 5 11 2 44% 1 2
3 W 4-0 92 Landeskog 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 17:30 3 2 5 + 6 7 2 36% 2 4
4 L 4-0 92 Landeskog 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 17:40 0 0 0 E 6 8 32% 1 2
5 L 4-1 40 Olver 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 17:30 1 1 2 + 2 7 2 35% 1 2
6 L 3-0 11 McGinn 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 16:19 0 0 0 - 2 5 6 59% 0 0
7 W 6-1 11 McGinn 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 19:52 2 5 7 + 6 11 4 45% 1 2
8 W 3-1 11 McGinn 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 23:02 2 3 5 + 5 13 9 67% 0 0
9 L 3-2 11 McGinn 9 Duchene 23 Hejduk 20:23 1 1 2 - 2 10 1 71% 0 0
10 L 3-0 11 McGinn 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 19:27 0 0 0 - 2 6 3 70% 1 2
11 L 3-2 OT 11 McGinn 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 22:30 1 1 2 + 1 13 6 60% 2 4
12 W 4-3 SO 11 McGinn 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 22:09 1 2 3 E 9 5 55% 0 0
13 L 6-4 11 McGinn 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 21:07 2 4 6 - 3 10 3 43% 0 0
14 W 6-5 11 McGinn 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 19:53 2 4 6 + 4 12 9 61% 0 0
15 W 1-0 OT 11 McGinn 9 Duchene 15 Parenteau 22:13 0 0 0 E 7 2 32% 0 0
1st Line ATOI G A PT +/- S HT FO% PN PiM
19:54 17 24 41 + 20 132 68 51% 9 18
G 2nd Line ATOI G A PT +/- S HT FO% PN PiM
1 L 4-2 11 McGinn 26 Stastny 54 Jones 17:54 0 0 0 - 6 6 2 39% 0 0
2 W 3-1 11 McGinn 26 Stastny 54 Jones 17:49 1 1 2 - 3 5 6 59% 1 2
3 W 4-0 11 McGinn 26 Stastny 54 Jones 19:38 0 0 0 + 1 8 4 58% 2 7
4 L 4-0 11 McGinn 26 Stastny 54 Jones 16:12 0 0 0 E 4 5 50% 0 0
5 L 4-1 11 McGinn 26 Stastny 54 Jones 19:03 0 1 1 + 1 9 6 50% 1 2
6 L 3-0 7 Mitchell 26 Stastny 54 Jones 19:13 0 0 0 - 3 6 3 44% 1 2
7 W 6-1 54 Jones 26 Stastny 23 Hejduk 13:30 2 0 2 - 7 3 2 56% 0 0
8 W 3-1 40 Olver 26 Stastny 23 Hejduk 16:39 1 0 1 - 2 13 1 48% 1 2
9 L 3-2 7 Mitchell 26 Stastny 15 Parenteau 18:34 1 3 4 - 2 12 1 56% 1 2
10 L 3-0 7 Mitchell 26 Stastny 23 Hejduk 15:13 0 0 0 E 6 2 52% 0 0
11 L 3-2 OT 17 Palushaj 26 Stastny 54 Jones 19:01 0 0 0 - 1 10 2 38% 0 0
12 W 4-3 SO 17 Palushaj 26 Stastny 54 Jones 17:13 1 2 3 + 1 7 3 33% 0 0
13 L 6-4 17 Palushaj 26 Stastny 54 Jones 17:04 0 0 0 - 1 7 2 56% 1 2
14 W 6-5 17 Palushaj 26 Stastny 54 Jones 17:43 2 5 7 E 8 2 55% 0 0
15 W 1-0 OT 17 Palushaj 26 Stastny 54 Jones 17:09 1 0 1 + 1 2 4 68% 1 2
2nd Line ATOI G A PT +/- S HT FO% PN PiM
17:27 9 12 21 - 21 106 45 51% 9 21
G 3rd Line ATOI G A PT +/- S HT FO% PN PiM
1 L 4-2 27 Downie 7 Mitchell 23 Hejduk 13:52 1 2 3 + 3 3 9 50% 4 8
2 W 3-1 27 Downie 7 Mitchell 23 Hejduk 11:48 0 0 0 + 1 4 3 64% 0 0
3 W 4-0 55 McLeod 7 Mitchell 23 Hejduk 11:12 1 2 3 + 3 2 0 75% 2 4
4 L 4-0 55 McLeod 7 Mitchell 23 Hejduk 12:00 0 0 0 - 2 6 4 67% 3 14
5 L 4-1 12 Kobasew 7 Mitchell 23 Hejduk 12:04 0 0 0 E 7 4 36% 0 0
6 L 3-0 55 McLeod 43 Sgarbossa 23 Hejduk 12:34 0 0 0 E 4 3 33% 2 7
7 W 6-1 55 McLeod 7 Mitchell 12 Kobasew 16:56 2 3 5 + 8 3 4 21% 1 2
8 W 3-1 55 McLeod 7 Mitchell 14 van der Gulik 13:26 0 1 1 + 3 1 4 67% 1 2
9 L 3-2 55 McLeod 40 Olver 12 Kobasew 11:59 0 0 0 E 2 5 44% 0 0
10 L 3-0 55 McLeod 43 Sgarbossa 54 Jones 13:45 0 0 0 - 3 8 5 33% 1 2
11 L 3-2 OT 55 McLeod 43 Sgarbossa 23 Hejduk 11:13 0 1 1 - 2 5 5 33% 2 7
12 W 4-3 SO 55 McLeod 7 Mitchell 23 Hejduk 16:19 1 0 1 E 6 4 50% 0 0
13 L 6-4 55 McLeod 7 Mitchell 23 Hejduk 15:07 2 2 4 + 1 6 5 43% 2 4
14 W 6-5 55 McLeod 7 Mitchell 23 Hejduk 14:20 0 0 0 - 2 3 2 54% 1 2
15 W 1-0 OT 55 McLeod 7 Mitchell 23 Hejduk 12:44 0 0 0 + 1 5 5 43% 0 0
3rd Line ATOI G A PT +/- S HT FO% PN PiM
13:17 7 11 18 + 11 65 62 48% 19 52
G 4th Line ATOI G A PT +/- S HT FO% PN PiM
1 L 4-2 58 Bordeleau 40 Olver 55 McLeod 07:16 1 1 2 + 3 4 2 50% 1 5
2 W 3-1 58 Bordeleau 40 Olver 55 McLeod 06:47 0 0 0 E 4 3 0% 3 6
3 W 4-0 58 Bordeleau 40 Olver 12 Kobasew 08:12 0 1 1 + 2 6 3 62% 1 5
4 L 4-0 58 Bordeleau 40 Olver 12 Kobasew 11:39 0 0 0 - 1 1 9 43% 2 12
5
L 4-1
55 McLeod 40 Olver 58 Bordeleau 09:02 0 0 0 E 3 3 33% 0 0
6 L 3-0 58 Bordeleau 40 Olver 12 Kobasew 10:40 0 0 0 - 1 2 5 43% 2 4
7 W 6-1 58 Bordeleau 43 Sgarbossa 40 Olver 08:23 0 0 0 - 1 2 6 50% 0 0
8 W 3-1 58 Bordeleau 43 Sgarbossa 12 Kobasew 08:34 0 0 0 E 5 1 33% 1 2
9 L 3-2 58 Bordeleau 43 Sgarbossa 14 van der Gulik 08:25 0 0 0 - 2 2 6 25% 1 2
10 L 3-0 58 Bordeleau 40 Olver 12 Kobasew 09:40 0 0 0 - 1 3 6 60% 1 5
11 L 3-2 OT 58 Bordeleau 40 Olver 12 Kobasew 08:36 1 0 1 E 6 1 11% 1 5
12 W 4-3 SO 58 Bordeleau 40 Olver 12 Kobasew 08:11 0 0 0 - 4 1 2 17% 1 2
13 L 6-4 58 Bordeleau 40 Olver 12 Kobasew 07:36 0 0 0 - 2 0 7 0% 0 0
14 W 6-5 58 Bordeleau 40 Olver 12 Kobasew 05:44 1 0 1 + 1 1 2 50% 1 2
15 W 1-0 OT 58 Bordeleau 40 Olver 12 Kobasew 10:08 0 0 0 E 4 5 0% 0 0
4th Line ATOI G A PT +/- S HT FO% PN PiM
08:35 3 2 5 - 6 44 61 39% 15 50

whew!

Some takaways...the Duchene line has carried the way (duh) scoring. They have a point in every game except for the 3 shutouts, last night's 1-0 win, and the opening night loss. But I believe the Stastny line (PaJamaS!) is key for the Avs. When this line scores a point, the Avs are 7-2. When they don't, the Avs are 0-5-1. And they have been playing better - 16 points, -4 jibbles in their last 8, vs 5 / -17 in the first 7 games.

On defense, this next block of stats should not be very surprising

ATOI G A PT +/- S HT BS TK PN PiM
1st Pair 21:24 1 7 8 + 1 48 36 63 17 8 16
2nd Pair 18:38 0 4 4 + 8 24 60 57 10 16 53
3rd Pair 18:27 0 3 3 - 4 30 43 58 12 10 20

Sacco uses his defensemen fairly evenly and collectively they have contributed (or not contributed) in a similarly even statistical fashion.

ATOI G A PT +/- S HT BS TK PN PiM
1 44 Wilson 6 Johnson 21:54 0 0 0 - 2 6 2 0 0 0 0
2 44 Wilson 6 Johnson 22:29 0 2 2 + 3 6 3 8 1 0 0
3 44 Wilson 6 Johnson 20:15 0 1 1 + 4 4 1 5 2 2 4
4 44 Wilson 6 Johnson 21:15 0 0 0 E 3 3 6 2 1 2
5 44 Wilson 6 Johnson 22:35 0 0 0 + 2 5 1 1 1 1 2
6 44 Wilson 6 Johnson 18:23 0 0 0 - 2 4 1 3 0 0 0
7 22 Hunwick 6 Johnson 22:05 0 0 0 + 1 1 0 3 0 0 0
8 22 Hunwick 6 Johnson 23:58 0 0 0 + 2 7 0 3 0 0 0
9 22 Hunwick 6 Johnson 19:05 0 0 0 - 4 0 3 7 1 1 2
10 22 Hunwick 6 Johnson 21:58 0 0 0 - 2 1 2 1 3 0 0
11 4 Zanon 6 Johnson 19:44 0 0 0 - 2 2 2 9 0 1 2
12 8 Hejda 41 Barrie 23:39 0 1 1 E 3 4 6 2 0 0
13 8 Hejda 41 Barrie 21:59 0 2 2 - 2 3 8 3 1 0 0
14 8 Hejda 41 Barrie 21:40 1 1 2 + 2 3 5 5 2 1 2
15 8 Hejda 41 Barrie 20:07 0 0 0 + 1 0 1 3 2 1 2
ATOI G A PT +/- S HT BS TK PN PiM
21:24 1 7 8 + 1 48 36 63 17 8 16
1 8 Hejda 3 O'Byrne 18:03 0 0 0 E 1 3 2 1 2 6
2 8 Hejda 3 O'Byrne 20:00 0 1 1 + 1 0 6 2 2 1 2
3 8 Hejda 3 O'Byrne 18:30 0 1 1 + 3 0 5 6 0 1 2
4 8 Hejda 3 O'Byrne 15:58 0 0 0 - 2 2 3 6 1 4 19
5 5 O'Brien 3 O'Byrne 17:40 0 0 0 E 2 4 3 0 1 2
6 8 Hejda 3 O'Byrne 21:19 0 0 0 E 1 3 10 0 0 0
7 8 Hejda 44 Wilson 18:29 0 0 0 + 5 2 3 4 1 1 2
8 8 Hejda 44 Wilson 13:58 0 1 1 + 2 1 6 2 0 0 0
9 8 Hejda 5 O'Brien 16:42 0 0 0 + 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
10 8 Hejda 5 O'Brien 16:01 0 0 0 - 2 2 8 2 2 3 14
11 8 Hejda 41 Barrie 23:41 0 0 0 - 1 4 4 1 1 0 0
12 4 Zanon 22 Hunwick 15:59 0 0 0 - 4 4 4 2 0 0 0
13 4 Zanon 22 Hunwick 19:36 0 0 0 + 4 3 4 5 1 1 2
14 22 Hunwick 3 O'Byrne 20:30 0 0 0 E 1 4 4 0 2 4
15 22 Hunwick 3 O'Byrne 23:09 0 1 1 + 1 0 1 4 1 0 0
ATOI G A PT +/- S HT BS TK PN PiM
18:38 0 4 4 + 8 24 60 57 10 16 53
1 4 Zanon 41 Barrie 17:21 0 1 1 + 2 2 2 2 0 0 0
2 4 Zanon 41 Barrie 15:41 0 0 0 - 2 1 3 5 1 1 2
3 4 Zanon 22 Hunwick 19:24 0 0 0 + 1 1 3 3 1 0 0
4 4 Zanon 22 Hunwick 21:39 0 0 0 E 2 2 2 0 1 2
5 4 Zanon 22 Hunwick 18:12 0 0 0 E 6 2 4 1 2 4
6 4 Zanon 41 Barrie 17:51 0 0 0 - 2 2 1 1 1 1 2
7 4 Zanon 3 O'Byrne 18:21 0 0 0 - 2 0 2 4 2 0 0
8 4 Zanon 3 O'Byrne 16:31 0 0 0 E 0 4 5 1 0 0
9 4 Zanon 3 O'Byrne 20:37 0 0 0 - 1 4 6 4 0 2 4
10 4 Zanon 3 O'Byrne 21:08 0 0 0 E 5 5 5 3 1 2
11 5 O'Brien 3 O'Byrne 16:35 0 1 1 + 1 3 2 2 0 2 4
12 5 O'Brien 3 O'Byrne 21:11 0 1 1 + 2 2 4 1 0 0 0
13 5 O'Brien 3 O'Byrne 15:04 0 0 0 - 3 0 4 4 2 0 0
14 4 Zanon 46 Elliott 16:23 0 0 0 E 0 1 7 0 0 0
15 4 Zanon 46 Elliott 20:45 0 0 0 E 2 2 9 0 0 0
ATOI G A PT +/- S HT BS TK PN PiM
18:27 0 3 3 - 4 30 43 58 12 10 20

There are a couple of quick ways to get to any game to see the line combos (and stats and healthy scratches). If you click the blue Colorado Avalanche Line Combos at the top of this page, you'll get a list sorted by game. Or, from anywhere at MHH, click on Sections on the top banner and select the Colorado Avalanche Game Coverage from the drop down. That takes you to the game coverage hub and you can jump to any Avalanche game and the lines will be listed there. This is also a great way to quickly pull up the stats or highlights from a game, as well as preview, recaps, game threads or any other relevant content for that game.

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