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Steeldogs vs Chiefs – behind the numbers

Ahead of tomorrow night’s game against Leeds, we have torn our stats man Adam away from his spreadsheets to breakdown the numbers in this all-Yorkshire clash.

Leeds Chiefs return to The Pound having yet to play at home (and may not do until at least December) but having finally broken their duck against a solid-looking Raiders team. In their last game, they took Hull to OT and actually out-shot the Pirates at home, something that relatively few teams do. These two games sandwiched an equally spirited one-goal loss to Swindon too. So, there are signs that Leeds are beginning to grow as a team, and starting to gel.

However, Leeds are currently the lowest scoring team in the league averaging just under 3 goals per game and conceding just over 4.1 (although this isn’t the highest). So, a goal difference of -1.25 per game, also not the worst in the league. This is a pattern that continues across a number of their statistics too where they are in the bottom 3 for a lot, including shots for and against, shooting percentage and power play goals.

The Chief’s power play is also bottom of the league, and in addition they have given up the highest number of short-handed goals too. However, their penalty kill leads the league and only gives up a goal every 20 mins, when short-handed. 

The Dogs, on the other hand have started to fall into the middle of the pack on some stats, by comparison. They are around average on goals for, against and special teams’ goals. The areas that they excel in are on the power play – where the power play is currently ranked 3rd at a goal every 6 minutes. They are also 3rd in short-handed goals for too, which could be interesting against the Leeds power play.

The power play has been a particular good point for the Dogs so far this season. When they score a power play goal the Dogs win nearly 80% of their games, in comparison they win only a 3rd when they don’t. And when the Dogs get a short-handed goal, they are perfect. So look out for some special teams play!

Leading scorers:

Archer, Meidl and Barnes for Leeds.

For Sheffield it is Luka and Salem, with 3 players tied on 6 goals - Danecek, Brown and Calvert.

Thanks Adam!

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