Every now and then we like to take a break from all the words and just post some numbers. And some words describing the numbers, as otherwise it would just be a whole bunch of numbers with no context, which would be really weird. Big Numbers is a weekly feature on Pass it to Bulis in which we identify the numbers and statistics that really matter or, frequently, the ones that don’t matter at all but are still pretty interesting.
12 | Dale Weise’s points in 44 games for the Canucks this season. As Garry Valk pointed out, Weise is the only player in the NHL with double digit points while averaging single digit minutes in ice time. That’s not too shabby, but there’s one big caveat, and it’s our next Big Number:
1016 | Dale Weise’s PDO this season, according to Behind The Net. PDO is the simple addition of shooting percentage and save percentage when a player is on the ice. If a player’s PDO is much above 1000, it’s unlikely that his on-ice shooting percentage and save percentage are sustainable. Weise’s PDO was the highest on the Canucks, largely because of a team-high 9.29 on-ice shooting percentage.
982 | Raphael Diaz’s PDO this season, again according to Behind The Net (these differ slightly from the PDO numbers in Harrison’s article about the trade, which came from Extra Skater). Diaz has the second-worst on-ice shooting percentage on the Canadiens at 5.28. To put it coarsely, Weise has been lucky and Diaz unlucky this season. Making this trade now is selling high on Weise and buying low on Diaz.
5 | With the addition of Diaz, the number of right-shooting defencemen on the Canucks roster. Three of them, however, are out with injuries: Chris Tanev, Kevin Bieksa, and Yannick Weber. That leaves just Diaz and Frank Corrado as healthy, right-shooting defencemen and, with John Tortorella unlikely to give big minutes to the young, untested Corrado, expect to see Diaz get plenty of ice time right away, possibly on a pairing with Dan Hamhuis.
4 | Diaz was 4th among Canadiens defencemen in ice time per game, playing just short of 19 minutes per night, but had been a healthy scratch for three weeks. As a result, any trade value he might have had was thoroughly disintegrated. How Diaz went from a top-four defencemen to a long-term healthy scratch is the big question, but I suspect it might have something to do with that 982 PDO mentioned above.
2:44 | Diaz’s average ice time per game on the penalty kill, second among Canadiens’ defencemen and third on the team overall. That’s a big reason for his next big number:
100 | The number of shots Diaz has blocked this season, third on the Canadiens and 29th in the league. That will likely endear him to Tortorella immediately and his defensive acumen may boost a penalty kill that has struggled over the last 9 games.
2 | The number of Swiss Olympians now on the Canucks, bringing the total number of Olympians up to eight, nine if you count prospect Ronalds Kenins for Team Latvia, which we totally do. The Canucks just need to acquire Mark Streit and Roman Josi to complete their set of Swiss Olympic defencemen.
17 | Goals the Canucks have allowed over their last four games. As much as the Canucks’ sputtering offence has been the focus, the defence has given up far too many quality scoring chances and, as a result, goals of late. If the Canucks are going to be a boring team, they need to be boring in the right way.
1.75 | Diaz’s goals-against per 60 minutes of even-strength ice time, which lead the Montreal Canadiens this season. If a defenceman’s goal is goal prevention, Diaz has achieved his goal this season.
23.1 | Diaz’s shots-against per 60 minutes of even-strength ice time, which also leads the Canadiens this season. This is actually a much better sign than his goals-against, which can swing wildly over the course of the season based on bounces and luck. Diaz has been a low-event, safe defencemen for the Canadiens, but can also pitch in a little bit offensively.
41 | To get away from the Fancy Stats and get back to basics, this is the number of points Diaz has scored in 128 NHL games. Dale Weise has scored 26 points in 162 games. Considering Diaz is a defencemen, the fact that he has 15 more career points than Weise in 34 fewer games makes this trade look like a big win for the Canucks. That’s before considering the trade filled a big need and was from a position of strength for the Canucks. Who knew the Canucks’ wealth of fourth-line forwards would lead to acquiring a legitimate top-six defenceman?Tags: Big Numbers, dale weise, Raphael Diaz