Icing Leaders, For and Against

It's a funny thing - icing, which we normally associate with a weak defensive team desperately trying to clear the puck - does not seem to correlate very well with that image.  The table below shows the percentage of icings that were committed by a given team.  Edmonton has the best record - just 41.7% of icings in its games were by the Oilers - while New Jersey and Nashville find themselves at the other end of the spectrum.

 

Team IceA IceF Pct
edm 239 171 41.7
pit 237 170 41.8
buf 235 176 42.8
ott 250 199 44.3
tor 261 211 44.7
bos 253 219 46.4
ana 209 183 46.7
cgy 269 240 47.2
det 209 187 47.2
mon 222 200 47.4
col 212 195 47.9
la 198 190 49.0
car 230 222 49.1
chi 220 213 49.2
dal 191 186 49.3
cls 227 226 49.9
van 215 216 50.1
nyr 244 246 50.2
pho 218 220 50.2
was 218 224 50.7
tb 211 232 52.4
phi 210 236 52.9
stl 224 255 53.2
sj 199 227 53.3
min 220 262 54.4
nj 198 236 54.4
nyi 213 261 55.1
nsh 206 261 55.9
atl 200 260 56.5
fla 166 280 62.8

 

Here are the players who've taken the most faceoffs following an icing call - "Def" means defensive zone draw; in other words, Stephen Weiss led the league in taking draws following his own team icing the puck:

 

Player Off Player Def
Sidney Crosby 100 Stephen Weiss 75
Mikko Koivu 87 Tomas Plekanec 74
Antoine Vermette 87 Daymond Langkow 70
Jonathan Toews 87 Steven Reinprecht 70
Henrik Sedin 83 Nik Antropov 68
John Tavares  81 Paul Stastny 67
Paul Stastny 77 Kyle Brodziak 67
David Krejci 77 John Madden 67
Vincent Lecavalier 73 David Backes 66
Scott Gomez 72 Jay McClement 66
Stephen Weiss 71 Mike Richards 65
Jason Arnott 71 Martin Hanzal 65
Joe Thornton 71 Samuel Pahlsson 65
Travis Zajac 70 Henrik Sedin 63
Nik Antropov 69 Mikko Koivu 62
Matt Stajan 68 Jason Arnott 61
Jeff Carter 68 Ryan Kesler 61
Matt Duchene  65 Rich Peverley 61
Ryan Kesler 64 Marcel Goc 61
Olli Jokinen 64 Matt Stajan 60
Derek Roy 64 Jeff Carter 60
Jason Spezza 64 Chris Drury 60
Niklas Backstrom 63 John Tavares  59
Patrice Bergeron 63 Travis Zajac 59
Shawn Horcoff 63 Niklas Backstrom 59

 

The makeup of the two lists isn't very surprising.  The guys who go on after a change are offensive forwards; the guys who are stuck taking the draw after their own team ices the puck are defensive centermen.

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