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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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SYF's avatar

What an awesome speech by Mark.  Very classy.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/06/12 at 09:22 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Wink from Hank. 

P.S.  Hank need to grow his hair long again.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/06/12 at 09:23 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Nice speechifying…..yet, those glasses make me think I am back in Constitutional Law class.  I didn’t listen then either.
Posted by Rumbear from Top O da Hasek, going off the rails on 03/06/12 at 07:22 PM ET

You, me and most of the Supreme Court.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 09:23 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

DON’T DROP THE BABY

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 09:24 PM ET

calquake's avatar

P.S.  Hank need to grow his hair long again.

I understand that’s why he’s having a down year.

Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 09:24 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

That banner looks retarded.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 09:25 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Oh, and the Mexican naval patrol carry M16s as a regular part of their gear.

Absolutely nothing will kill yur buzz quicker walking out of a bar at 2:00 AM than when a truck loaded with Federales, dressed in black, carrying M-16’s, cruises slowly by.  Stone cold sober in the blink of an eye.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/06/12 at 09:25 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

pregame song being sung

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/06/12 at 09:25 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Maybe the Wings will think it’s the second period when they finally hit the ice.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 09:25 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

That banner looks retarded.

Posted by bezukov from South of Detroit on 03/06/12 at 07:25 PM ET

Is that the actual banner that will hang? Looks like like a ceremonial thing…

... I hope.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 09:26 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

P.S.  Hank need to grow his hair long again.

I understand that’s why he’s having a down year.

Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 07:24 PM ET

Yes!  It’s a Samson thing.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/06/12 at 09:26 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Posted by Since71 from Bucharest, Romania on 03/06/12 at 07:10 PM ET

No, I didn’t mean you.  I meant the message that Polonich got.  I am using vipbox right now.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/06/12 at 09:26 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

OK, let’s drop the puck and play some hockey.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/06/12 at 09:27 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Absolutely nothing will kill yur buzz quicker walking out of a bar at 2:00 AM than when a truck loaded with Federales, dressed in black, carrying M-16’s, cruises slowly by.  Stone cold sober in the blink of an eye.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O da Hasek, going off the rails on 03/06/12 at 07:25 PM ET

... and all the Federales say, they could have had him any day…

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 09:27 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Is that the actual banner that will hang? Looks like like a ceremonial thing…

... I hope.

Posted by RedMenace from the darkest recesses on 03/06/12 at 07:26 PM ET

Agree.  They’ll probably bring that down, give it to Mark, and hang the real banner.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/06/12 at 09:27 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

I wish GameCenter Live for the PC had the quality of the PS3 version, while maintaining its stability.

3000Kbps doesn’t cut it in this decade, folks.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 09:28 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Maybe the Wings will think it’s the second period when they finally hit the ice.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/06/12 at 07:25 PM ET

Hahahahahaaa…

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/06/12 at 09:29 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

I hear Bill Clement is on the Philly broadcast… that much more happy that I have Ken and Mick piping through my tv.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 09:29 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

wonder how many more years we will have Mr. Hockey with us.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/06/12 at 09:30 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Posted by SYF from fashionista dougie’s newly violated Droid 4G on 03/06/12 at 07:29 PM ET

OI, no early posting from you tonight, young… person!

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 09:30 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Hartnell is a walking, mouth-breathing example of why eugenics might not be a bad idea

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 09:30 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Not a bad ceremony for a classy guy from hockey’s first family in a classless town.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/06/12 at 09:30 PM ET

calquake's avatar

I hear Bill Clement is on the Philly broadcast…

Clement, Clement, hands of cement.

Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 09:30 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Is that the actual banner that will hang? Looks like like a ceremonial thing…

... I hope.

Posted by RedMenace from the darkest recesses on 03/06/12 at 07:26 PM ET

Seems to be the case.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 09:30 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

game on

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/06/12 at 09:30 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

wonder how many more years we will have Mr. Hockey with us.

Dude, shut the *#$%@& up.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/06/12 at 09:31 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Ugh! A dreaded Power Play.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/06/12 at 09:31 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Good wheels by Zata’s line.

And Kronner goes off for holding.  Weak.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/06/12 at 09:31 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Weak

Posted by SolidTG7 on 03/06/12 at 09:31 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Ugh, early PK test, and i hate Jagr.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/06/12 at 09:31 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Wings were clogging the tunnel to watch the ceremony.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 03/06/12 at 09:32 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Oh yes, let’s show “action” shots of goalies in the butterfly—the most exciting thing a goalie can do.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 09:32 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Stupid Meeting at work. A reaaly stupid one, because I called it before I checked the Wings schedule.

I just checked in to make sure I wanted to turn on the TV when I get home.

Posted by dougie on 03/06/12 at 09:32 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Fuch me, THAT’s a penalty?

I already had zero expectations for tonight anyway, but hell, why make it too easy?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/06/12 at 09:32 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I thought we were getting the PP. Instead we got lucky.
Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/06/12 at 09:32 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Stupid Meeting at work. A reaaly stupid one, because I called it before I checked the Wings schedule.

I just checked in to make sure I wanted to turn on the TV when I get home.

Posted by dougie on 03/06/12 at 07:32 PM ET

Your employees seem competent enough… wink

You’re safe for the moment.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 09:33 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Stupid Meeting at work.

Welcome… we’ve missed you.

Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 09:34 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

dougie

you called it, you can cancel it   grin

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/06/12 at 09:34 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Clement, Clement, hands of cement.

Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 07:30 PM ET

Remember how much Melrose sucked then, just like now?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 09:34 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Your employees seem competent enough…
You’re safe for the moment.
Posted by RedMenace from the darkest recesses on 03/06/12 at 07:33 PM ET

Zing!

Gotta love this place.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 09:34 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