The Pittsburgh Penguins are in one of their toughest stretches of the season, as far as their win-loss record goes.
They've lost 4 out of their last 5 games, each by one goal. The outcome of these games could've been vastly different if they just a had a bit more puck luck. Sometimes, the effort in a game is there, but the bounces don't go your way.
A popular possession metric, Corsi, is a strong indicator that the Penguins are about to turn things around.
According to Jonathan Bombulie of TribLIVE, "the Penguins' shot-attempt percentage of 57.1 is tops in the Eastern Conference and second-best in the league" since their losing skid began earlier this month.
That percentage means that they are outshooting their opponents by a wide-margin night in and night out.
"Shot-attempt percentage is generally considered a strong predictor of future goal-scoring success," Bombulie added.
Mike Sullivan seems to agree with this assessment, without actually discussing the stat, rather going by the eye-test.
“I think we've played better than our record,” Sullivan said. “There are some encouraging aspects of our game that we know if we continue to stay with it in certain areas, we think we'll get some results here.”
Players need to stop gripping their sticks so hard, and gain the confidence necessary to pull out some wins. It usually starts with one. As long as they keep up this play, these one-goal games should start going in Pittsburgh's favor.