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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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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Flip said Fuch

He wasn’t the only one.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/07/12 at 12:48 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Watched the video of the Kronwall hit and the kompooter froze up. 

back for the Sphincter minute

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 03/07/12 at 12:49 AM ET

calquake's avatar

As long as Detroit’s healthy, I’m fine with our line-up in the playoffs.

Posted by calquake on 03/07/12 at 12:50 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

come on happy, bank one off the goalies mask and in the net.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/07/12 at 12:50 AM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Drop it already, I hate the tango linesmen make the centermen do.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 03/07/12 at 12:50 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Another weak ass giveaway behind our own net costing us a game again.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/07/12 at 12:51 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

As long as Detroit’s healthy, I’m fine with our line-up in the playoffs.
Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 09:50 PM ET

That kool aid taste pretty good? grin

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/07/12 at 12:51 AM ET

monkey's avatar

What are they shooting for?  Six hole?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/07/12 at 12:52 AM ET

calquake's avatar

That kool aid taste pretty good? grin

Yes… you’re Eeyore self in full mode?

Posted by calquake on 03/07/12 at 12:52 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

What a pisser

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/07/12 at 12:52 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

That kool aid taste pretty good?

needs a little more sugar.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/07/12 at 12:53 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Too little, too late.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/07/12 at 12:53 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Well that sucked

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/07/12 at 12:53 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

I love the Red Wings mantra:  “If we keep in doing the same thing, they’ll never catch on.”

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/07/12 at 12:53 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Too many fuching mistakes

especially on the PP

Need to fire or reassign that Coach fuching tonight.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/07/12 at 12:53 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

When does Pavel come back?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/07/12 at 12:53 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

uggh… this game stated so well

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/07/12 at 12:54 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Weak D zone plays were a killer.

RSV.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/07/12 at 12:54 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Yes… you’re Eeyore self in full mode?
Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 09:52 PM ET

Abso-freakin-lutely

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/07/12 at 12:54 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Power play directly responsible for another loss.  Good thing it’s not important or anything.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/07/12 at 12:54 AM ET

monkey's avatar

reassign that Coach fuching

Totally, yeah, those coaches are too uptight.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/07/12 at 12:54 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

.........

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/07/12 at 12:54 AM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Awesome. And I think I just got dumped.

I couldn’t be more thrilled right now.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/07/12 at 12:54 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

started*

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/07/12 at 12:54 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Kids putting some good effort in these games.  Lessons learned.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 03/07/12 at 12:54 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Oh well.  Nite all.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/07/12 at 12:54 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

close ... but not enuff

g’nite

see ya fri against the kinks

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/07/12 at 12:55 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Kids putting some good effort in these games.  Lessons learned.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O da Hasek, going off the rails on 03/06/12 at 09:54 PM ET

It will certainly help come playoffs.

Posted by calquake on 03/07/12 at 12:55 AM ET

Bent's avatar

I want the whole team back.  After that, then we can see if it’s time to panic or not.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/07/12 at 12:55 AM ET

dougie's avatar

Power play directly responsible for another loss.

And add the Joey stickhandle fuchup. You aren’t gonna win much with 2 giveaway goals in any game against anyone.

Posted by dougie on 03/07/12 at 12:56 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Time to masturbate to a 3 way with the Deschanel sisters.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/07/12 at 12:56 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

2-4-1 over the last 7. Definitely in Eeyore mode

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/07/12 at 12:56 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Awesome. And I think I just got dumped.

Say what?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 03/07/12 at 12:57 AM ET

dougie's avatar

Time to masturbate to a 3 way with the Deschanel sisters.

Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 03/06/12 at 09:56 PM ET

When we finally meet, remind me not to shake hands with you.

Posted by dougie on 03/07/12 at 12:58 AM ET

VooX's avatar

And I think I just got dumped.

Dude…

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 03/07/12 at 12:59 AM ET

dougie's avatar

Time for Raylen Givens. Goodnight all

Posted by dougie on 03/07/12 at 12:59 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Time to masturbate to a 3 way with the Deschanel sisters.

Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 03/06/12 at 09:56 PM ET

Film that in the Valley and you has to wear a condome.  It’s now the law.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 03/07/12 at 12:59 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Power play directly responsible for another loss.

No, leaving the puck on the ice right behind your own net for the other team was directly responsible.  You can never lose 0-0.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/07/12 at 12:59 AM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Where have all the clutch scorers gone?
Nother shitty one.
Night all.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/07/12 at 01:00 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

And I think I just got dumped.
I couldn’t be more thrilled right now.
Posted by RedMenace from the darkest recesses on 03/06/12 at 09:54 PM ET

That sucks. Drown your sorrows for a while and move on. I highly recommend “Sitting on Top of the World” by Howlin’ Wolf and “5:15” by The Who as songs to listen to repetitively while drowning your sorrows.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/07/12 at 01:00 AM 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