February 11 2013 08:35AM
PDO doesn't stand for anything, but that doesn't mean we can't learn anything from adding up the overall shooting and save percentages for a team at even strength. A layman's explanation for 'PDO' and why we use it can be found here over at the Backhand Shelf. Basically, if a team is playing with a PDO number way higher than 1.000, they're producing above their expected output. If a team is playing with a PDO number below 1.000, they're producing below their expected output. Over the course of a long season, the number will generally correct itself.
No website offers Team PDO as a sortable statistic, but behindthenet.ca has a page that offers a team's shooting percentage and a team's save percentage numbers. Shooting percentage is the 17th column from the left on BTN's team shots page—the first one to say SPCT. It's cousin, team save percentage, is three columns to the right also saying SPCT. The team shooting percentage needs to be subtracted from 1000 to get the actual number.
Here are the team PDO standings through games played Sunday night:
|TEAM||Shooting %||Save %||PDO|
Here is the chart from February 4. See how your team has risen or fallen!
- Anaheim remains at the top thanks to some unsustainable shooting. I'm unsure that if Jonas Hiller is out for any amount of time that Viktor Fasth will be able to maintain his initial pace stopping the puck as well. They're 8-2-1, but their record is pretty shaky.
- The Montreal Canadiens may have made the most notable drop-off, from 1.056 to 1.014 over the course of the week after going 0-2-1 and falling back closer to .500. San Jose, who also appeared to cool off this week, didn't have as drastic of a fall but after starting the season where every shot was going in and winning seven in a row, they've dropped four straight.
- The Vancouver Canucks have won five in a row and now find themselves at the top. They beat up on two division rivals this week to the tune of 4-1 and 5-1, so a couple of blowouts early in the season will do that. It's not their shooting and scoring that's unsustainable however, it's their goaltending. Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider are the league's top goaltending duo so far and if they hold onto both goalies, that should continue. What shouldn't continue is that those goalies will make saves at a 95.5% rate. Last year they had a .929, a year before a .932. Before that, .919. You know how this story ends.
- It's not so bad for the Edmonton Oilers, who are getting exceptional early season play from Devan Dubnyk, but they're at the bottom of the league in team shooting percentage. Nobody is going to make the claim that that team doesn't have enough talent to put pucks in nets, and I won't either. Their shooting is due for a drastic turnaround. Taylor Hall has two goals on 33 shots at even strength. Jordan Eberle has one in 24. Four players have taken double digits in shots without scoring.
- I was watching a TSN program where some pills in suits were discussing what was wrong with Drew Doughty. One of the commentators made the point that he's so young and feels like he can do anything because he's won so much already in his young career. This leads to complacency on the ice. It's a cute story, but Doughty has the fourth lowest individual PDO in the league at .893. The Kings can't buy a save this season even after spending $58M to lock up Jonathan Quick this summer, who has a total of one top ten finish in individual goaltender even strength save percentage since becoming a starter, and that was last year. He's better than .881, for sure, but the Kings can't expect championship-level goaltending out of him each year I'm afraid.