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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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RedMenace's avatar

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

HAY-OOO!

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 08:51 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Also, Yzersyuk, if Kronner lays out a clean, legal, but epic hit on Briere or Giroux, I’d be watching my six every step of the way back to the parking lot.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/06/12 at 08:51 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

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

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from home of the 1925 Stanley Cup Champs on 03/06/12 at 06:42 PM ET

In 2009 after a Flyers win in Jersey, some fans were waiting for the train in Philly and got all stabby with each other. After a fuching win!

I cant make this stuff up.

http://deadspin.com/5373997/flyers-fans-scuffle-in-jersey-stab-each-other-in-philly

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/06/12 at 08:52 PM ET

Norskirama's avatar

I was hoping to listen to 97.1 the ticket but they are doing the Pistons.  Can some one direct me either another radio station streaming the game or a live feed?  Thanks (from a hotel in Orlando where they don’t have the game on in the bar).

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 03/06/12 at 08:52 PM ET

bezukov'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 06:47 PM ET

This.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 08:52 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

My feed from alpha tango has a soccer game broadcast in arabic. Anybody have a feed they want to pm me?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 08:52 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 03/06/12 at 06:52 PM ET

97.1’s sister station on the AM band might have the game.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 08:53 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

If they score first, I think good things will happen, score second and all bets are off.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 03/06/12 at 08:53 PM ET

Since71's avatar

Feed me Seymour…

http://www.vipbox.tv/watch/39284/1/nhl-:-detroit-red-wings—vs-philadelphia-flyers-live-stream-online.html

Posted by Since71 from Bucharest, Romania on 03/06/12 at 08:53 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I was hoping to listen to 97.1 the ticket but they are doing the Pistons.  Can some one direct me either another radio station streaming the game or a live feed?  Thanks (from a hotel in Orlando where they don’t have the game on in the bar).
Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 03/06/12 at 06:52 PM ET

This sports bar in Orlando claims to have all NHL games…

http://www.orenasportsbar.com/

As well as something called the Corn Hole Game (cue dueling banjos)

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 08:55 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

My feed from alpha tango has a soccer game broadcast in arabic. Anybody have a feed they want to pm me?

does vipbox.tv not fly in the US?

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/06/12 at 08:55 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

What about Firstrowsports.eu?

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 08:57 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

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

Posted by RedMenace from the darkest recesses on 03/06/12 at 06:47 PM ET

Gamecenter Live has both feeds.  Always.  I’ve got Detroit.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/06/12 at 08:57 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

As well as something called the Corn Hole Game (cue dueling banjos)

Southerners play this (boring) game, and don’t seem to see the humour in the title.  I was a little shocked.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/06/12 at 08:57 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Good radio feed here for those in need: http://tunein.com/radio/WSOO-1230-s22913/

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/06/12 at 08:58 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

All the kids left and now it’s just annoying flyers fans who glare at me when I yell things. This is going to be fun.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 03/06/12 at 08:59 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

does vipbox.tv not fly in the US?
Posted by tuxedoTshirt from home of the 1925 Stanley Cup Champs on 03/06/12 at 06:55 PM ET

Wouldn’t play on my system. Says I needed a plug in. I’ll try firstrow

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 08:59 PM ET

calquake's avatar

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

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

Yell “Serenity Now”.

Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 08:59 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Of course, this could be an issue:

On Next:
Detroit Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers (not streamed)

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/06/12 at 08:59 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Gamecenter Live has both feeds.  Always.  I’ve got Detroit.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Michigan, but now in Florida on 03/06/12 at 06:57 PM ET

WORD!

Southerners play this (boring) game, and don’t seem to see the humour in the title.  I was a little shocked.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from home of the 1925 Stanley Cup Champs on 03/06/12 at 06:57 PM ET

I’m a Southerner, and I’ve never played the game… heard of it, yeah, but it just doesn’t sound very interesting.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 08:59 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 03/06/12 at 06:52 PM ET

norski - on 97.1’s website, click on the link for 1270 AM.  They have the Wings when 97.1 has the Pistons.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/06/12 at 09:01 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Hey Mickey made the trip to Philly.  This bodes well (almost like home)!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 09:01 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

All the Flyers wearing Mark Howe’s number during warmups?

That’s the most #2s on the ice since we last played Columbus.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/06/12 at 09:01 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I’m in. Time to watch the rookies zip around.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/06/12 at 09:02 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

That’s the most #2s on the ice since we last played Columbus.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/06/12 at 07:01 PM ET

Bazing! Man, you’re on a roll…

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 09:02 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Hey Cal, you still in SoCal? How did you BiL’s surgery go? How’s D doing?

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

Since71's avatar

Feed me Seymour x2 FSD

http://www.vipbox.tv/watch/39284/1/nhl-:-detroit-red-wings—vs-philadelphia-flyers-live-stream-online.html

Posted by Since71 from Bucharest, Romania on 03/06/12 at 09:03 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Posted by RedMenace from the darkest recesses on 03/06/12 at 06:59 PM ET

Eww.  Foot in my mouth again.  Okay, I’ve only met like 5 Southerners.  But one of them is a future brother-in-law who enlisted me to build a set of this game - so I assumed it was more of a big deal (we play horseshoes).


Says I needed a plug in

And that is a virus-troll.  Gotta watch that.

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

SYF's avatar

Sounds off by about three seconds on vipbox.  It’s still the FSD feed but the sound being off is awkward.

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

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Mrs.Hockey. Colleen Howe. Me likey.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/06/12 at 09:04 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

FSD FEED

Good day folks. snow is all blown out of the drive way. Weather man calling for slush for Hump day.

So if the Griffins win against the Flyers, should we do a complete team swap, and make the players on the Red Wings ride the bus from now on, and call the rest of the Griffins up?

game on bitches. lgrw

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/06/12 at 09:04 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

And that is a virus-troll.  Gotta watch that.
Posted by tuxedoTshirt from home of the 1925 Stanley Cup Champs on 03/06/12 at 07:03 PM ET

That’s what I figured. Alpha Tango feed is working well and has Mick, so I’m all set

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 09:05 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Nice tribute for Mark Howe.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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

MsRedWinger's avatar

It’s nice that Gamecenter is showing the Mark Howe tribute.

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

RedMenace's avatar

Eww.  Foot in my mouth again.  Okay, I’ve only met like 5 Southerners.  But one of them is a future brother-in-law who enlisted me to build a set of this game - so I assumed it was more of a big deal (we play horseshoes).

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from home of the 1925 Stanley Cup Champs on 03/06/12 at 07:03 PM ET

Haha, sorry man, I thought it might come off like I was “insulted” or something after I posted, but I figured I’d wait to see if you said anything.

Rest assured, I couldn’t care less; I make fun of Southerners all the time (especially Dougie).

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 09:07 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Mark Howe= Classy guy

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 09:07 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Oh noes, hope I didn’t break it.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 09:07 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

“forever a Flyer” Nevermind he works for the Wings. heh.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/06/12 at 09:08 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Interesting (to me) aside: My uncle played youth hockey with Mark Howe and was actually really good, except for the fact that he’s like, 5’7.

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

SYF's avatar

Cleared my cache and restarted Chrome.

Everything in its place now.

Yes, I’m on a Nine Inch Nails binge.

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