Forensics – Patrik Elias

Michael Amato

2012-02-22

Elias

 

The Devils are enjoying a rebound season and a big reason for that is the play of left winger Patrik Elias.  One of the quieter superstars in the league, Elias continues to get it done at the age of 35.  With 55 points in 57 games, one could argue that this has been Elias' most impressive season to date.

 

The Devils have some high powered offensive talents like Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise that Elias has the benefit of playing with on the power play.  Elias is averaging 3:35 seconds of power play time per game, so it's no surprise he has some solid production in that area.

 

Power Play Line Combinations

Freq

Line Combination

76.2%

CLARKSON,D – ELIAS,P – KOVALCHUK,I – PARISE,Z

7.7%

ELIAS,P – KOVALCHUK,I – SYKORA,P – ZUBRUS,D

6.2%

ELIAS,P – PARISE,Z – SYKORA,P – ZUBRUS,D

5%

ELIAS,P – KOVALCHUK,I – PARISE,Z

5%

CLARKSON,D – ELIAS,P – PARISE,Z

 

Power Play Line Production

Pnts

%Total

Line Combination

16

84.2%

CLARKSON,D – ELIAS,P – KOVALCHUK,I – PARISE,Z

1

5.3%

ELIAS,P – KOVALCHUK,I – PARISE,Z

1

5.3%

ELIAS,P – KOVALCHUK,I – SYKORA,P – ZUBRUS,D

1

5.3%

ELIAS,P – KOVALCHUK,I – PARISE,Z – SYKORA,P

 

 

 

You can see 19 of his 55 points have come with the man advantage, but he doesn't have the luxury of playing with Kovalchuk and Parise at even strength.  Instead the Czech native plays on the Devils second line to help balance out the offensive attack, as opposed to stacking a top line.

 

Even Strength Line Combinations

Freq

Line Combination

59.3%

ELIAS,P – SYKORA,P – ZUBRUS,D

15.5%

CLARKSON,D – ELIAS,P – SYKORA,P

13.7%

ELIAS,P – KOVALCHUK,I – PARISE,Z

7.8%

ELIAS,P – P