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Bruins dominate faceoffs - 05-28-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The Penguins spent a significant portion of yesterday's practice working on faceoffs and with good reason. Their opponent in the Eastern Conference final is pretty good on the draw.

With a success rate of 57.5 percent, the Bruins are far and away the best team in the postseason at faceoffs. In comparison, the Penguins are eighth at 50.1 percent. The teams they faced in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds - the Islanders and Senators - rank ninth and 10th at 49.5 and 49.3 percent respectively.

In all, the Bruins primary rely on five players to take faceoffs. Only one of them, David Krejci, who leads the NHL in postseason scoring with 17 points, has won fewer than half of his overall draws.

If you compare the Bruins five faceoff specialists to the six players the Penguins primarily rely on for faceoffs, the Bruins enter this series with a decided advantage.

Here's how the teams' faceoff specialist compare in various situations on the ice based off their postseason numbers:

Even Strength

Penguins Bruins
Player Wins-
Losses
Percent Player Wins-
Losses
Percent
Jussi Jokinen 30-15 66.7% Rich Peverly 46-28 62.2%
Joe Vitale 21-15 58.3% Chris Kelly 60-37 61.9%
Brandon Sutter 81-72 52.9% Patrice Bergeron 121-79 60.5%
Sidney Crosby 90-87 50.8% Gregory Campbell 40-37 51.9%
Evgeni Malkin 46-65 41.4% David Krejci 69-81 46.0%
Craig Adams 2-9 18.1%

Penguins' power play
vs. Bruins penalty kill

Penguins Bruins
Player Wins-
Losses
Percent Player Wins-
Losses
Percent
Jussi Jokinen 6-2 75.0% Patrice Bergeron 13-3 81.3%
Evgeni Malkin 6-4 60.0% Gregory Campbell 9-3 75.0%
Sidney Crosby 35-28 55.6% Chris Kelly 11-4 73.3%
Brandon Sutter 1-8 52.9% Rich Peverly 12-5 70.6%

Penguins penalty kill
vs. Bruins power play

Penguins Bruins
Player Wins-
Losses
Percent Player Wins-
Losses
Percent
Craig Adams 11-10 52.4% Patrice Bergeron 26-10 72.2%
Jussi Jokinen 3-5 37.5% David Krejci 9-8 52.9%
Brandon Sutter 8-15 34.8%
Sidney Crosby 2-5 28.6%

Overall

Penguins Bruins
Player Wins-
Losses
Percent Player Wins-
Losses
Percent
Jussi Jokinen 39-22 63.9% Patrice Bergeron 160-92 63.5%
Joe Vitale 23-18 56.1% Chris Kelly 71-41 63.4%
Sidney Crosby 127-120 51.4% Rich Peverly 58-34 63.0%
Brandon Sutter 93-88 51.4% Gregory Campbell 49-41 54.4%
Craig Adams 15-19 44.1% David Krejci 78-89 46.7%
Evgeni Malkin 52-69 43.0%

(Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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