Hello! And welcome back to this week’s “By The Numbers”. For anyone new, this is a blog that breaks down what I have named “Gametime Percentages”. These are the amounts of time in a game, and the season in total, that a team in the Eastern Conference has been scoreless at the beginning of a game, how much time they led, have been tied and have trailed. This was a project that was birthed out of how not good the Youngstown Phantoms have been this season.

Now, I could have easily linked to my first post, which explains all of this in much greater detail. But, I’m filling page space because I absolutely do not want to talk about the game this past Sunday in which the Phantoms lost 9-0 to the Team USA U18s. I mean, we’ve seen some bad games this season, but this one.... Ohh, see what happened there, I did what I said I did not want to do. Whew! That could have gotten ugly. Anyways, let’s go to the charts!

Phantoms Season Chart Last 7 Games
Phantoms Season Chart Last 7 Games

While the Phantoms have snagged 2 wins in the past 5 games, and this is a reason to celebrate for sure, once again the numbers are sliding in the wrong direction. The Trail % is creeping back closer to 50%, and the Phantoms have not held any lead in 3 of the past 4 games. With a 3 game set against Muskegon on tap for this weekend, based on the history of this season, this could push the Phantoms back into the dreaded sub-20% Lead Time and above 50% Trail Time. But stranger things have happened. A weekend sweep will be some delicious crow to eat. Now, about those termite infested Lumberjacks…

Muskegon Series Chart After 7 Games
Muskegon Series Chart After 7 Games

Pretty, isn’t it. Unfortunately, with the exception of Dubuque, all of the Opponent Series Charts look like this. Other than a win back in December and the most recent game where even though the Phantoms led most of the game, they had to settle for a single point in a shootout loss, this has been all Muskegon. With that being said, the Phantoms have played a lot more close games with the Jacks than most other teams. So again, as far as this weekend is concerned, cautious optimism is key. And let’s finish this off with a look at the Eastern Conference rankings.

Eastern Conference Rankings Chart
Eastern Conference Rankings Chart

The biggest takeaway from this week’s rankings is that Green Bay took a thrashing number-wise over the weekend. They had been neck and neck with Chicago, but there is now some space between them. Green Bay’s Mason Lohrei may have become the front runner for MVP, and he didn’t even play last weekend due to a suspension. The fact that his 3 game absence led to the worst 3 game stretch for the Gamblers this season should cement his name in those discussions at the end of the season.

Well, that’s all for this week. Thanks for reading along! And stay thirsty, my friends!