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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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stonehands-78's avatar

we need a foal from the ‘re-grind line’

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/06/12 at 11:42 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Garbage call on helmer

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 11:42 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

There’s the softie. Mick called it

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/06/12 at 11:42 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Wtf slashing stick?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/06/12 at 11:42 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Knew that was coming

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/06/12 at 11:43 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

SOG so far in the third. 15-5 wings

and helm to the box. for holding the stick

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/06/12 at 11:43 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Bad time for that.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 03/06/12 at 11:43 PM ET

monkey's avatar

osted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/06/12 at 09:42 PM ET

Emperor Palpatine using Force Lightning yo.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/06/12 at 11:43 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Pussy. Maybe badminton would be more to your liking.

Posted by dougie on 03/06/12 at 09:38 PM ET

I am sure you’d say that if Z get smoked like that.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/06/12 at 11:43 PM ET

Bent's avatar

That will kill half of the remaining time.  Bullshit call.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/06/12 at 11:43 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Yeah hold on to your stick, weak ass.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/06/12 at 11:43 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

At least Helm wont blow another short handed opportunity?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/06/12 at 11:44 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

how ‘boot a shortie

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/06/12 at 11:44 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Are fingernails a personal fetish, Herm?

Don’t you remember? Heavy sleeper, eh?

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/06/12 at 09:42 PM ET

I’m told I look a lot like Tyler in the dark.  Maybe that’s why he’s gone missing, you sick bastard.

I just caught up to the Kronwall hit on the LB.  I love watching the game via the LB when I can’t see the game.  You bitches are crazy.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 03/06/12 at 11:44 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Refs had probably been looking for a chance to give them one, its been awhile.  How about they return the favor with a shortie of their own.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 03/06/12 at 11:44 PM ET

monkey's avatar

I am sure you’d say that if Z get smoked like that.

You’re right.  In that case we would recommend ping pong.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/06/12 at 11:44 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

I am sure you’d say that if Z get smoked like that.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt

if Z or Dats. or even TPH was skating with his head down like that, they should get smoked.

like it no, but they still should get smoked.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/06/12 at 11:44 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

B+ for effort,
C for execution
F for special teams

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/06/12 at 11:44 PM ET

calquake's avatar

You bitches are crazy.

Hey…. we resemble that statement.

Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 11:44 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Good Save JMac.  Go Wings!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/06/12 at 11:45 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Don’t you remember? Heavy sleeper, eh?

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/06/12 at 09:42 PM ET

Did somebody get a visit from the Ether Bunny?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 11:45 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

I am sure you’d say that if Z get smoked like that.

Z doesn’t often skate into checks with his head down.  I hate to blame the injured party, but Voracek knows better.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/06/12 at 11:45 PM ET

dougie's avatar

I am sure you’d say that if Z get smoked like that.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from home of the 1925 Stanley Cup Champs on 03/06/12 at 09:43 PM ET

If his head was down like that, not much I could say about it.

Posted by dougie on 03/06/12 at 11:46 PM ET

Avatar

For a bunch of big guys, a lot of the Flyers sure do go down easy.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/06/12 at 11:46 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

B+ for effort,


You know these are professionals right?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/06/12 at 11:46 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Did someone steal my favorite come on line, “Hey, does this rag smell like naptha?”

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/06/12 at 11:46 PM ET

VooX's avatar

  Don’t you remember? Heavy sleeper, eh?
Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/06/12 at 09:42 PM ET

Did somebody get a visit from the Ether Bunny?
Posted by bezukov from South of Detroit on 03/06/12 at 09:45 PM ET


What hump?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 03/06/12 at 11:46 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

When’s the last time the Wings were down by one, pulled the goalie and tied the game?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 11:46 PM ET

monkey's avatar

According to my research, so far this season the Wings have allowed nine short handed goals and have scored two.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/06/12 at 11:47 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

smitty needs to sharpen his skates

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/06/12 at 11:47 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I thought this bitch was tied…

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/06/12 at 11:47 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Flip robbed again. Damnit

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/06/12 at 11:47 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Wally - - what happened

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/06/12 at 11:47 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Flip said Fuch

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 11:48 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

When’s the last time the Wings were down by one, pulled the goalie and tied the game?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/06/12 at 09:46 PM ET

December 7th, 1941

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 11:48 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Well that was probably the best shot at tying it.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 03/06/12 at 11:48 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 03/06/12 at 09:46 PM ET

HAHAHAHA!

I love you sick bastards.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 11:48 PM ET

VooX's avatar

The Hairdresser’s bangs got in his eyes and he missed the chance on the wide open net.  Come on, Wally.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 03/06/12 at 11:48 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

This is the best Philly’s played in a while.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/06/12 at 11:48 PM ET

monkey's avatar

For a bunch of big guys, a lot of the Flyers sure do go down easy.

Friggin’ Hudler, man.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/06/12 at 11:48 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