Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Power play woes

Players leading the league in 5-on-4 ice time without a power-play goal being scored (prior to last night's games):

1 DUSTIN PENNER LW EDM 13 2.67 34.71
2 STEVE WAGNER D STL 12 2.77 33.24
3 MILAN MICHALEK RW S.J 11 2.84 31.24
4 OWEN NOLAN RW CGY 14 2.13 29.82
5 MARTIN RUCINSKY LW STL 12 2.44 29.28
6 JONI PITKANEN D EDM 7 3.92 27.44
7 MARK MOWERS LW ANA 13 2.07 26.91
8 CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF D S.J 10 2.69 26.9
9 ROB NIEDERMAYER C ANA 11 2.43 26.73
10 MATTHEW LOMBARDI C CGY 14 1.73 24.22
11 PETTERI NUMMELIN D MIN 10 2.41 24.1
12 JAMES VANDERMEER D CHI 9 2.52 22.68
13 YANIC PERREAULT C CHI 11 2.02 22.22
14 KENT HUSKINS D ANA 14 1.56 21.84
15 MASON RAYMOND LW VAN 8 2.48 19.84
16 RENE BOURQUE LW CHI 9 2.2 19.8
17 DICK TARNSTROM D EDM 10 1.98 19.8
18 BOBBY HOLIK C ATL 14 1.36 19.04
20 CRAIG CONROY C CGY 14 1.22 17.08

This reads like a list of players who shouldn't be on the power play.

Penner finally broke his drought last night with a man advantage marker, his first of the season after swatting in nine of the things last year, and he's possibly the exception to what I just said. Park this kid in front of the net, even if he is out of shape.

Speaking of which, it's no wonder Anaheim's struggled so much on the power play — just look at the cast they've got out there on the second unit. Rob Niedermayer, Kent Huskins, Mark Mowers?

That's ugly.

There are also a whole whack of others who have been living on the power play and seen just one puck go in the right net: Thomas Vanek, Doug Weight, Max Afinogenov, Steve Reinprecht, Jason Pominville, Frantisek Kaberle, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Alex Steen and Miro Satan.

Some players have even been scored on shorthanded regularly. Alex Frolov out in L.A. has been on the ice for four shorties (and four power-play goals), while Holik, Tobias Enstrom, Radim Vrbata, Jason Blake and Tomas Kaberle have all had three scored against them.


At 9:27 a.m., November 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps I'm interpreting this wrong, but Milan Michalek has definitely scored a power play goal.

At 10:05 a.m., November 06, 2007, Anonymous penaltyshots.ca said...

What a price the Oilers will pay for Penner. The Oilers look to be headed for the first overall raffle in the draft. Can you imagine. A top four pick, plus a second and third rounder as well, plus four million dollars, all for a 40 point man. This move will be put in the text book for how NOT to rebuild a hockey team.

It all adds up to another great move by Brian Burke at the cost of Kevin Lowe. Lowe just assured that the Ducks will remain competative for a while to come.

At 11:45 a.m., November 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah I'm sure Burkie will use that top pick wisely. Bobby Ryan anyone???

At 12:23 p.m., November 06, 2007, Anonymous Eric said...


Yes, your are misinterpreting the post. James just means that Michalek hasn't scored a PPG in his last 11 games.

At 12:37 p.m., November 06, 2007, Blogger Hawerchuk said...

Michalek had two PP goals against the Hawks at the beginning of the season. But the NHL TOI logs were missing Toskala for an entire period. I had left that game out of the database...Fixed now...

I think I see why the NHL doesn't track these stats: their own data is too poor.

At 1:44 p.m., November 06, 2007, Anonymous Logan said...

Enstrom has been on the ice for 3 shorthanded goals because he's on the ice for pretty much all of every PP. At least he's been out there for some for, unlike Holik.


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