Daniel and Henrik Sedin - Playoff performers

That devilish James Mirtle: In his look at the depth chart of the Final Four teams, Mirtle had Ryan Kesler on the Canucks first line and Henrik on the second despite, well, the Sedin line holding both of the two most recent NHL scoring champions and Henrik Sedin plays slightly more at even strength than Kesler does (17.1 minutes/60 to 16.9 minutes/60).

I wrote that post earlier this week about how Ryan Kesler's offensive performance may have been overstated thanks to his elevated shooting percentage in the close-out games of the series. Similarily, this post here will be about how Daniel and Henrik Sedin have found themselves victims of variance through Round 2. Copper n Blue have touched on this already in their series review and, like I brought up earlier this week, they make the same point about how the Sedins dominated their Nashville counterparts in possession, despite being a combined minus-whatever.

Regular season on-ice shooting percentage, EV:

Henrik Sedin - 10.59%
Daniel Sedin - 10.96%

Playoff on-ice shooting percentage, EV:

Henrik Sedin - 6.60%
Daniel Sedin - 6.31%

Regular season on-ice shooting percentage, PP:

Henrik Sedin - 17.91%
Daniel Sedin - 17.85%

Playoff on-ice shooting percentage, PP:

Henrik Sedin - 16.22%
Daniel Sedin - 15.79%

The powerplay numbers are not as distinct as the even strength numbers. A 4.7% gap, at a conservative estimate of eight shots a game over 13 playoff games, lies between four and five goals. As Reynolds points out in the Copper n Blue post, "they [the Sedins] certainly haven't been able to count on a save from their goaltender" and the twins PDO [ EV Sh% + EV Sv% ] lies at comically low numbers of 92.1% for Henrik and 90.7% for Daniel. The twins are going up the third round against a goalie who has pretty mediocre career numbers against Vancouver (4-4 with a .901 save percentage, including playoffs) and keep in mind he was shelled in last year's playoffs as well, just not to the extent Luongo was by the Blackhawks.

Finally, here's a graph of Daniel Sedin's 10-game weighted shooting percentage compared to Ryan Kesler's:

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Daniel finds himself at 6.7%, despite being 15.4% on the season and 12.5% over his career. He truly has been remarkable this playoffs, with 6 goals in 13 games having run into two hot goaltenders.

As I brought up in the comments section of the Kesler post, if that was Trevor Linden and not Henrik Sedin clearly playing through pain and dominating territorially as the Sedins have been doing, the national and local media would be loving him for it.

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