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):
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?
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.