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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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tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Mark Howe= Classy guy

Guy was an outrageous sniper in the WHA.  Came to the NHL past his prime and was still dominant.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/06/12 at 10:09 PM ET

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Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/06/12 at 06:55 PM ET


And @ Ms RedWinger Thanks a ton!!

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 03/06/12 at 10:09 PM ET

Since71's avatar

Says I needed a plug in

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

You can’t be serious, I have been here for years…..

Oh well, I tried

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

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Gordie still looks good.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/06/12 at 10:10 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, Mr. Hockey still has grace in his strides.  What a strong, strong man.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/06/12 at 10:10 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

It’s nice that Gamecenter is showing the Mark Howe tribute.
Posted by MsRedWinger from Michigan, but now in Florida on 03/06/12 at 07:06 PM ET

Not really. All it means is that they will cut the feed half way through the third period of tie game, because that’s when the game should have ended if it had started on time.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 10:11 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Isn’t that great?  Gordie is there.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/06/12 at 10:11 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

hey, gang

Ken and Mick

the Howe’s center stage

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/06/12 at 10:11 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Yzersyuk, Uncle Mike told the press that he will let the players decide if they want to watch the ceremonies.  Is everyone on the Wings bench?

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/06/12 at 10:12 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

When are they going to retire Pelle Lindbergh’s number?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 10:13 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Why do teams always play “emotional” songs during tributes? Hell, if my number were being retired, I’d want them to play something heavy to get your blood-pumping.

It’s like they actively try to make the honoree cry.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 10:13 PM ET

calquake's avatar

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

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

I’m home for now but am going back on Sat.  Things are not going well… my brother-in-law had another surgery today, was let go as a contract employee yesterday and will have to move in with us when he gets out of the hospital.  He has a long re-hab ahead of him.  A cautionary tale as to why we need some type of universal health care.  He will be financially ruined by this, even though he has cobra insurance.

Let’s talk aboot something else shall we?

Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 10:13 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I wonder if Mark can teach Hudler that puck drag wrist shot that he does so well.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/06/12 at 10:14 PM ET

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I’m not trying to diminish anyone’s accomplishments, but it’s always funny to see how sieve-like goalies used to be playing standup all the time.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/06/12 at 10:14 PM ET

SYF's avatar

The fuch they boo Zata for?  Oh wait, it’s Philly…

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/06/12 at 10:15 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Z with the Wings gift: “Have fun at Andiamos”

Posted by SolidTG7 on 03/06/12 at 10:15 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Not really. All it means is that they will cut the feed half way through the third period of tie game, because that’s when the game should have ended if it had started on time.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/06/12 at 07:11 PM ET

Gamcenter stays with the game until it’s over.  Does Center Ice cut out?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/06/12 at 10:15 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Flyers fans can’t even cheer for a visiting fan during their own player’s retirement ceremony = classless

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 10:15 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

That was neat, he’s like “WTF is this? You guys already pay me…”

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 10:15 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Afternoon all.  Great feed!

Mr. Hockey looking good.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 03/06/12 at 10:15 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Let’s talk aboot something else shall we?
Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 07:13 PM ET

Rushbo? big surprise

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 10:16 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

They gave him a vacation?!?  Wtf is this the Showcase Showdown?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/06/12 at 10:16 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

HA! I bet the gift from the Wings was better….

Hey Cal, how’s your Stupid Committee coming along?

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 10:17 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

so the flyers are sending Mark Howe to Mexico to show their thanks? Thought there was a travel advisory on Americans traveling to Mexico.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/06/12 at 10:17 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

I dunno….trip to Cabo, which is safer right now, Mexico or Philly?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 03/06/12 at 10:17 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Rushbo?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/06/12 at 07:16 PM ET

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/06/12 at 10:17 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thank you for that, Mark.  Nice gesture and a hat tip to Mr. and Mrs. I.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/06/12 at 10:18 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Mark Howe mentions both teams.  Classy.  STFU idiot Philly fans.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/06/12 at 10:18 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

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

I would prefer that they score first AND second.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/06/12 at 10:18 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Now see, good on Flyers fans for clapping for that.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 10:18 PM ET

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Wow, CBus already up 2-0 on Phoenix early in the 1st.  That nice February run’s gotta seem like ages ago at this point for the Yotes.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/06/12 at 10:18 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Hey Cal, how’s your Stupid Committee coming along?

Posted by RedMenace from the darkest recesses on 03/06/12 at 07:17 PM ET

Rush has been selected as the new president.  I’m on the board of directors.

Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 10:18 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Rush has been selected as the new president.  I’m on the board of directors.

Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 07:18 PM ET

The band?

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 10:19 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

They had to invent cornhole because too many hillbillies got killed with horseshoes and jarts. Sometimes the beanbags are hairy if you get closer to the mountains. grin

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/06/12 at 10:20 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

OK, cue the band like they do at the Oscars. This ain’t the State of the Onion.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/06/12 at 10:20 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Red Wings first. Me likey.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/06/12 at 10:20 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I dunno….trip to Cabo, which is safer right now, Mexico or Philly?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O da Hasek, going off the rails on 03/06/12 at 07:17 PM ET

I was laughing.  If anyone’s ever been to Cabo, really, unless you love golf and/or checking out the beaches, there ain’t that much to do there.  I know ‘bout Spring Break in Cabo but for about a month, that’s about the only exciting thing happening there.

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

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/06/12 at 10:21 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Sometimes the beanbags are hairy if you get closer to the mountains. grin

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/06/12 at 07:20 PM ET

Oh God… OH GOD…

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/06/12 at 10:21 PM ET

calquake's avatar

The band?

Posted by RedMenace from the darkest recesses on 03/06/12 at 07:19 PM ET

Yes, because they’re canadiens. grin

Posted by calquake on 03/06/12 at 10:22 PM ET

Rumbear'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 the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 03/06/12 at 10:22 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