Power plays experience shrinkage
It's perhaps no secret that there are fewer power plays in games now than there were to start the season, but I don't recall any one adding them up as was done in today's Globe and Mail:
In graphical format, it reads like so:
Power plays average a game by week
Week 1 - 13.7
Week 2 - 13.0
Week 3 - 12.9
Week 4 - 13.6
Week 5 - 12.4
Week 6 - 12.0
Week 7 - 11.9
Week 8 - 11.0
Week 9 - 12.1
Hmmm, that looks kinda lame. Well, anyhow, by my projections, power plays will drop to less than three per game by mid-February, and we'll have have the most freeflowing, whistle-free hockey we've ever seen.
The average number of power plays for the 2003-04 season was 8.5, so we still have a ways to go yet.