Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 03/06/12 at 08:30 PM ET
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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