Eastern Edge: Player performance vs. specific teams

Brennan Des

2021-04-06

In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll look at how skaters and goaltenders have performed against particular teams in 2021. This season presents a unique dynamic as teams have to face the same opponents more frequently than they have in years past. So, while a small sample size may have prevented this data from being relevant before, it may hold slightly more weight now. This will be the first of two parts and we'll discuss players from Boston to New Jersey, with next week including players from New York to Washington. Without further ado, here are some interesting notes about player performances against specific teams this year:

Boston Bruins

Jaroslav Halak – the 35-year-old netminder has posted impressive numbers against most teams in the East Division, but he seems to struggle against Pittsburgh and New York. He has a 3.01 GAA and .871 save percentage through three games against the Penguins and a 4.36 GAA and .859 save percentage in three games against the Islanders.

Brad Marchand – has scored at a point-per-game pace or better against each team in the division excluding the Islanders, against whom he has three points in five outings. Boston's offense has been quiet against New York on the whole, with the Bruins scoring just eight goals through five games against the Isles.

David Pastrnak – The Czech sniper has enjoyed success when facing the Flyers, tallying two hat tricks in four games against Philadelphia. In other words, six of his 16 goals (37.5-percent) so far were scored against the Flyers.

Buffalo Sabres

Rasmus Dahlin – The 20-year-old defenseman has struggled this season, posting 13 points through 37 outings. Despite his overall struggles, he's registered a point in five of six games against the Devils.

Sam Reinhart – has found the scoresheet against every team in the division except for Pittsburgh. He has failed to register a point after four matchups with the Penguins. It's worth noting that all four of those games were played without Jack Eichel in the lineup.

Carolina Hurricanes

Vincent Trocheck – has scored at least a point per game against each team in the division excluding the Lightning, agains