The Road to the Final Five - Statistical Previews

First Round of the WCHA Playoffs!


Who doesn't love a little statistical analysis when filling out a WCHA bracket?  I mean especially since this will be the last WCHA bracket a lot of us will fill out with our favorite team participating in the tournament!

Anyway, I put together a list so y'all can review your WCHA picks.  Each team has their own statistical series preview against their first round opponent.  I used full season statistics as well as the numbers they have been putting up over the last two weekends of play.  Yes, I do in fact know that some teams played "more difficult" teams than others, but take it or leave it.

Here ya go:

(1) St. Cloud State Huskies vs (12) Alaska Anchorage Seawolves




Huskies
(OVERALL)
Seawolves
Huskies
(Last 4 Games)
Seawolves
21-14-1
Record
4-23-7
2-2-0
Record
0-4-0
18-9-1
WCHA
2-20-6
2-2-0
WCHA
0-2-0
13-7-0
Home
2-10-5
1-1-0
Home
0-1-0
8-7-1
Away
1-12-2
1-1-0
Away
0-3-0
3.31
Avg. Offense
1.91
3.00
Avg. Offense
1.00
2.53
Avg. Defense
3.59
3.25
Avg. Defense
4.50
16.4%
Power Play
15.2%
10.5%
Power Play
9.1%
82.3%
Penalty Kill
75.2%
71.4%
Penalty Kill
86.7%
8.1
PIM/G
13.5
2.5
PIM/G
12.8
29.4
Shots/G
21.3
29.8
Shots/G
23.3


(2) Minnesota Gophers vs (11) Bemidji State Beavers




Gophers
(OVERALL)
Beavers
Gophers
(Last 4 Games)
Beavers
24-7-5
Record
6-20-8
3-1-0
Record
0-3-1
16-7-5
WCHA
5-16-7
3-1-0
WCHA
0-3-1
14-3-3
Home
4-10-4
1-1-0
Home
0-2-0
10-3-2
Away
2-8-4
2-0-0
Away
0-1-1
3.64
Avg. Offense
2.06
3.50
Avg. Offense
2.00
0.87
Avg. Defense
3.06
1.75
Avg. Defense
3.75
25.2%
Power Play
17.7%
23.1%
Power Play
0.0%
87.0%
Penalty Kill
80.3%
87.5%
Penalty Kill
62.5%
9.6
PIM/G
11.5
5.0
PIM/G
5.0
34.0
Shots/G
24.0
36.0
Shots/G
22.0


(3) North Dakota vs (10) Michigan Tech Huskies



North D.
(OVERALL)
Huskies
North D.
(Last 4 Games)
Huskies
19-10-7
Record
12-18-4
2-1-1
Record
2-2-0
14-7-7
WCHA
8-16-4
2-1-1
WCHA
2-2-0
9-3-6
Home
6-8-2
1-0-1
Home
1-1-0
9-7-1
Away
4-10-2
1-1-0
Away
1-1-0
3.25
Avg. Offense
3.00
2.75
Avg. Offense
3.25
2.47
Avg. Defense
3.06
2.25
Avg. Defense
2.50
21.4%
Power Play
21.6%
12.5%
Power Play
18.2%
83.5%
Penalty Kill
80.6%
90.0%
Penalty Kill
88.9%
14.8
PIM/G
12.7
7.0
PIM/G
11.5
31.4
Shots/G
31.7
27.3
Shots/G
38.5


(4) Wisconsin Badgers vs (9) Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs

Photo: Dave Harwig


Bulldogs
(OVERALL)
Badgers
Bulldogs
(Last 4 Games)
Badgers
14-17-5
Record
17-12-7
4-0-0
Record
3-1-0
10-13-5
WCHA
13-8-7
2-0-0
WCHA
3-1-0
9-8-1
Home
8-8-3
4-0-0
Home
1-1-0
5-7-4
Away
8-2-4
0-0-0
Away
2-0-0
2.69
Avg. Offense
2.50
4.75
Avg. Offense
3.75
2.83
Avg. Defense
2.11
1.50
Avg. Defense
2.75
24.1%
Power Play
12.4%
47.8%
Power Play
25.0%
82.1%
Penalty Kill
80.0%
92.9%
Penalty Kill
81.2%
16.2
PIM/G
14.2
17.0
PIM/G
17.0
33.5
Shots/G
28.9
36.0
Shots/G
30.3


(5) Denver Pioneers vs (8) Colorado College Tigers



Pioneers
(OVERALL)
Tigers
Pioneers
(Last 4 Games)
Tigers
19-11-5
Record
14-17-5
3-1-0
Record
2-2-0
14-9-5
WCHA
11-13-4
3-1-0
WCHA
2-2-0
13-5-3
Home
9-8-2
2-0-0
Home
1-1-0
6-6-2
Away
5-9-3
1-1-0
Away
1-1-0
3.43
Avg. Offense
3.22
4.00
Avg. Offense
2.50
2.69
Avg. Defense
3.50
1.75
Avg. Defense
3.25
22.0%
Power Play
18.8%
20.0%
Power Play
20.0%
84.4%
Penalty Kill
78.1%
92.9%
Penalty Kill
79.2%
16.9
PIM/G
13.5
9.0
PIM/G
23.3
30.8
Shots/G
27.7
38.5
Shots/G
25.3


(6) Minnesota State Mavericks vs (7) Nebraska Omaha Mavericks



Mavericks
(OVERALL)
Mavericks
Mavericks
(Last 4 Games)
Mavericks
22-11-3
Record
18-16-2
2-2-0
Record
0-4-0
16-11-1
WCHA
14-12-2
2-2-0
WCHA
0-4-0
11-6-1
Home
9-8-1
1-1-0
Home
0-2-0
10-5-2
Away
8-7-1
1-1-0
Away
0-2-0
3.25
Avg. Offense
3.36
3.25
Avg. Offense
2.25
2.28
Avg. Defense
3.03
2.75
Avg. Defense
5.25
23.1%
Power Play
19.2%
21.7%
Power Play
23.1%
83.0%
Penalty Kill
77.0%
81.2%
Penalty Kill
55.0%
13.8
PIM/G
14.6
15.3
PIM/G
22.3
33.2
Shots/G
31.7
28.5
Shots/G
29.0



Make your predictions wisely now.  I hope this gives you a little bit of an insight as to how you can expect teams to perform based on their performances over the last two weekends in comparison to the rest of the season.  I'll release more statistical rankings later on, but for now...

Enjoy.

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