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Quick and Dirty: Shot Distance on the PP

I recently started watching the L.A. Kings a lot more frequently and noticed that their power play is constantly moving pucks back to the point. As such, it seemed to me that we should expect them to end up with lower quality shots than other teams. In order to test this I looked at Gabe's power play shooting reports and added up all of the shots for teams in the Pacific division (I left out any players who played on more than one team, which will skew the results, but this is just a quick and dirty look), as well as the average shot distance and each team's shooting percentage. These were the results:

Hooray for me! Los Angeles does seem to be taking a lot of shots from the point compared to these other clubs (although the analysis leaves out Penner), while Anaheim stands out as a team that's shooting from closer to the net (although the analysis leaves out Beauchemin). In a bit of a surprise, L.A.'s observed shooting percentage doesn't seem to suffer even though they're shooting from quite a bit further away than the other teams. Anyroad, no real conclusions, but with the talk revolving around shot quality over here, I thought this might be of interest.

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