Print

Face(off) value - 09-27-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

During Saturday's 3-1 win against the Blue Jackets, the Penguins controlled faceoffs winning 41 draws out of 59 (69.5%). After the game, Dan Bylsma pointed out the efforts of Dustin Jeffrey and Joe Vitale (right) in the faceoff circle and how they - as well as others like Mark Letestu who are battling to make the NHL roster - add value to their games when the coaching staff evaluates who makes the roster.

With Jordan Staal unavailable to start the season, the Penguins figure to need someone to take draws, particularly on the penalty kill, to fill in.

Here are how the Penguins' faceoff totals look after three games broken down individually:

Player Offensive Zone/
Winning Percentage
Defensive Zone/
Winning Percentage
Neutral    Zone/
Winning Percentage
Overall/
Winning Percentage
Arron
Asham
2-2 (100.0%) -- -- 2-2 (100.0%)
Sidney
Crosby
8-10 (80.0%) 5-8 (62.5%) 9-14 (64.3%) 22-32 (68.8%)
Joe
Vitale
5-9 (55.6%) 12-18 (66.7%) 3-6 (50.0%) 20-33 (60.6%)
Ryan
Craig
1-1 (100.0%) 2-4 (50.0%) 3-5 (60.0%) 6-10 (60.0%)
Mike
Comrie
4-5 (80.0%) 3-7 (42.9%) 4-7 (57.1%) 11-19 (57.9%)
Dustin
Jeffrey
4-5 (80.0%) 9-16 (56.2%) 3-8 (37.5%) 16-29 (55.2%)
Mark
Letestu
5-14 (35.7%) 1-2 (50.0%) 6-7 (85.7%) 12-23 (52.1%)
Maxime
Talbot
2-3 (66.7%) 1-3 (33.3%) 2-6 (33.3%) 5-12 (41.7%)
Craig
Adams
0-1 (0.0%) 2-4 (50.0%) 1-6 (16.7%) 3-11 (27.3%)
Matt
Cooke
-- -- 0-1 (0.0%) 0-1 (0.0%)
Tim
Wallace
0-1 (0.0%) -- -- 0-1 (0.0%)
Nick
Johnson
-- -- 0-2 (0.0) 0-0 (0.0%)
Evgeni
Malkin
-- 0-2 (0.0%) -- 0-2 (0.0%)
Mike
Rupp
0-1 (0.0%) -- 0-1 (0.0%) 0-1 (0.0%)
Pascal
Dupuis
0-1 (0.0%) 0-2 (0.0%) -- 0-3 (0.0%)

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.