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Powerless?  Maybe. And You Know What?  That Might Be Ok

If it hasn’t been fixed by now?  18 games or whatever’s left probably isn’t enough time to fix the power play.  That’s an unpleasant reality we may just have to force down like a Bud Light Platinum.  Amazingly, RWBill was sober enough for an hour or so today to bring us a ditty we that might bring us joy if it continues into the postseason.  Check this out, if you haven’t seen it already.

In 2011 the Stanley Cup Champions had the #14 of 16 power play conversion of all playoff teams. 

6 of the top 7 highest PP % teams in the playoffs were eliminated in the first round.

What did the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions have in common with the 2012 Red Wings? .. The best 5x5 GF:GA ratio in the playoffs.  They also had the best GA average in the playoffs.

Detroit stands at #1 5x5 in the league, by almost .2 goals per game, 1.58 : 1.00 compared to StL 1.41.

In 2010 the Champions had the #5 PP %.  In 2009 the Champions had the #7 PP %.

In 2008 the SC Champions had the playoff best 5x5 of 1.62.  They had the inept #9 PP at 18%.  They were the Detroit Red Wings.  They had a playoff best GA of just 1.86.

2007 the Champions had a weak 18% PP, but #2 5x5 and #3 GA.

You have to go back to 2006 before you find a team whose PP% ranking was better than its 5x5 ranking, and then its GA was #3.

Any references to playoff failure due to a weak PP are just unbased and silly.  PP% has never been linked to playoff success.  It is one of the most irrelevant team statistics to playoff success.

GA and 5x5 efficiency are closely linked with playoff success.

Now. Settle down. We have no idea if Bill was (a) actually sober or (2) took enough time out of his day to stop surfing porn to actually look those numbers up.  We just don’t know.

But it is something to consider, especially when you’d like to think a penalty is much tougher to call in the postseason than during Gary’s ridiculously irrelevant regular season…unless you’re San Jose or Colorado and you’re just trying to, you know, get into the playoffs. 

And holy Christ we know that’s a fairy tale, the part about officiating being more…deliberate…in the postseason. That’s pie in the sky stuff there.  But it does warm us a little when all we can think about is the fact that the most offensively talented team in hockey can’t score a damn goal with a man advantage.

And don’t go all RSV on me just yet. Datsyuk will be back. TPH will be back. Bundy will be back and it doesn’t really matter, on the surface, whether Kindl’s back or not.  Or when. 

It’s a Live Blog bitches. As I write this it’s 2147 Tuesday night CVST.  I’m hitting the rack. See you sick bastards in five or six hours.

 

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Yzersyuk's avatar

Everyone I am directly behind the wings bench for this game. 8
I will yell anything at franzen u want. Feed me.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 03/06/12 at 07:51 PM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

How about “We should’ve signed Hossa instead of you!”

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 03/06/12 at 07:57 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

How about we don’t troll our own players?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/06/12 at 08:00 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

I will yell anything at franzen u want. Feed me.

Vai se foder.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/06/12 at 08:00 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Seriouslly stock pile me. I’m sandwiched in between little kids but I will yell pretty much anything.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 03/06/12 at 08:00 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Ok, don’t say that.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/06/12 at 08:00 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Smith with a PP goal tonight

I’m pumped to have so much youth on the team tonight.  It’s not ideal but I know everyone will at least show up.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/06/12 at 08:01 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

How about we do troll our own players when they don’t show consistent effort and desire to win. That said I’d be happy to yell nice things as well.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 03/06/12 at 08:02 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Seriouslly stock pile me. I’m sandwiched in between little kids but I will yell pretty much anything.

All we need from you is exuberant celebrations for any play in favor of the Wings.  You better take your pom-poms and pump those little bastards up.


...We’re watching you…

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/06/12 at 08:06 PM ET

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JJ, lighten up man, it’s the LB.  Ysersyuk you should ask Franzen if he likes the third line better than the Leino Lounge.

Hopefully Breezy gets blown over the odor of Franzen stinking up the ice, or even better, several wrist shots from the men in Red and White!

LGRW!

Posted by Bezukov from My front porch for the first time in 2012. on 03/06/12 at 08:14 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Seriouslly stock pile me. I’m sandwiched in between little kids but I will yell pretty much anything.
Posted by Yzersyuk on 03/06/12 at 06:00 PM ET

Hey Mule, Sluta spela som en flicka!

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 08:17 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Joey mac is stretching in the tunnel.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 03/06/12 at 08:20 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Everyone I am directly behind the wings bench for this game. 8
I will yell anything at franzen u want. Feed me.

EARN YOUR NICKNAME

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/06/12 at 08:20 PM ET

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By the way Yzersyuk, I don’t know if you’re familiar with Boobs Behind Babcock, but if those kids next to you doesn’t have a buxom hockey mom next to them, you’d better get busy improvising.

Posted by Bezukov from Same goddam spot on 03/06/12 at 08:21 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Yzersyuk, enjoy the game and shout this and only this:

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Chief and RWBill - I’m not a stats person, but that stuff about PP vs. 5 on 5 made me feel better. Thanks!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/06/12 at 08:22 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Hola, Amigo.  Raising a San Miguel Cerveza Negra to you and your shipmates.  Rudders to the home shores, ASAP.

Everyone I am directly behind the wings bench for this game. 8
I will yell anything at franzen u want. Feed me.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 03/06/12 at 05:51 PM ET

What I want is absolutely NOT for fragile and innocent ears, Yzersyuk, so I’ll just settle for a rather mild but no less vocal, “Get some goals, Franzen!”

Have fun at the game, man.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 03/06/12 at 08:23 PM ET

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Jesus the weather gets warm and my grammar goes to hell.  Friggin Hudler.

Posted by Bezukov from Ditto on 03/06/12 at 08:23 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Can’t call it on the boobs yet. Most of the people down here right now aren’t actually sitting here.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 03/06/12 at 08:23 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Seriouslly stock pile me. I’m sandwiched in between little kids but I will yell pretty much anything.

“Mule….you play like a donkey.”
I don’t know…..
If it they are dissatisfying I would probably yell “we want Kozllov”.  But given that this is the stretch, and that there’s a healthy dose of Grand Rapid’s, and that Philly no longer understands defense, I suspect you will actually be cheering more than anything else.  5-1 Wings.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/06/12 at 08:24 PM ET

monkey's avatar

GA and 5x5 efficiency are closely linked with playoff success.

I have found Goals For trends better as an indicator of playoff success than Goals Against.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/06/12 at 08:24 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Friggin Hudler.

HAHAHA

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/06/12 at 08:25 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

By the way Yzersyuk, I don’t know if you’re familiar with Boobs Behind Babcock,

Posted by Bezukov from Same goddam spot on 03/06/12 at 06:21 PM ET

In Philly?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 08:25 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jesus the weather gets warm and my grammar goes to hell.  Friggin Hudler.

Posted by Bezukov from Ditto on 03/06/12 at 06:23 PM ET

Well, there’s the first spit take of the day.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 03/06/12 at 08:26 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Homer and miller first in line. I’m going to go dark for a while guys

Posted by Yzersyuk on 03/06/12 at 08:29 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Start calling Franzen “Møøse” and see if it catches on…

... then if he starts sucking, call him whatever you want.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 08:30 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Start calling Franzen “Møøse” and see if it catches on…

... maybe claim he bit your sister.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 08:32 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

How about we don’t troll our own players?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/06/12 at 06:00 PM ET

That was out of line, I apologize.

You didn’t happen to bring a bag of marbles and a bitchin’ impression of a native Japanese speaker trying to yell things in English, did you?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/06/12 at 08:32 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

It’s a Live Blog bitches. As I write this it’s 2147 Tuesday night CVST.  I’m hitting the rack. See you sick bastards in five or six hours.

.

Evenin’ Bitches. Aloha, Master Chief. Sleep tight.

Time to WIN in Philly again.

Let’s Roll.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/06/12 at 08:33 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Seriouslly stock pile me. I’m sandwiched in between little kids but I will yell pretty much anything

Pylon - that’ll confuse just about everyone.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/06/12 at 08:38 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

a bitchin’ impression of a native Japanese speaker trying to yell things in English

Why do I get the feeling that this wouldn’t offend the Philly crowd?

http://www.astropix.com/SPORTSPIX/HOCKEY/HOCKEY02.HTM

(apropos of today’s fracas)

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/06/12 at 08:38 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Everyone I am directly behind the wings bench for this game. 8
I will yell anything at franzen u want. Feed me.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 03/06/12 at 05:51 PM ET

How aboot, “This is where Leino ended up.”

Watch your back. Flyers fans are vicious.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/06/12 at 08:38 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Since you’re in Philly, I would also recommend this:

“What’s the difference between Johan Franzen and Kate Smith? About 5 pounds.”

“... and Kate is more lively on any given day!”

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/06/12 at 08:41 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Watch your back. Flyers fans are vicious.

Right as I post such a link.  Seriously, do.  Especially if the 5-1 thing comes off.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/06/12 at 08:42 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I will probably have to watch the Flyers broadcast since Center Ice is not offering a Home and Away.

Thanks Gary. Ass.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/06/12 at 08:43 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

What’s the difference between Jackson State Prison and Philly?

The residents of Jackson State are more civilized and classy.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 08:46 PM ET

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Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/06/12 at 06:43 PM ET

Oonagi, I hate when they do that shit.  Can’t stand all the Wings hate.  We’re spoiled with Mickey

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/06/12 at 08:47 PM ET

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Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/06/12 at 06:43 PM ET

I hope that doesn’t carry over to GameCenter Live…

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 08:47 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

“Hey Mule, love the Red Wings commercial you’re in with Conklin. Tell me, was he ever able to get your work ethic dislodged?”

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/06/12 at 08:47 PM ET

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Hola Bitches. Tell the Moose that we will strip and carjack his Dodge Ram if he doesn’t get his shite together very soon.

Hops the team used Simmonds’s quote for the locker room board today.
I got 8 minutes into the game by the time Philly pulls something pintoesque and a visit to Shanny.
Get er goin early tonite Red Wings

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/06/12 at 08:48 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Damn, no idea if this game will end up 2-1 Wings or 18-7 Flyers. A very strange feel about tonight, that’s for sure. The fact I’m wearing a dress notwithstanding.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/06/12 at 08:48 PM ET

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com