James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE
By traditional stats our powerplay is currently ranked 10th in the league. Not bad,right? However, looking closer it's pretty clear that there's some wonky percentages at play here.
|Shots per 60 minutes||32.7||30th|
|Goals per 60 minutes||7.9||9th|
5v4 breakdown (source: BehindtheNet.com)
So right off the bat a 24.2% 5 on 4 shooting percentage isn't sustainable. As a baseline the league average last season was 5 on 4 was around 12%.
Those of us that put a value on shooting percentages will conclude that some unsustainable percentages have masked a godawful power play.
The first thought that jumped in my head was that Bufuglien's absence must play a big part in our problems generating shots on the powerplay.
|First 5 Games (with Buff)||35.6||8.5||24.0%|
|Last 4 Games (no Buff)||25.7||7.7||30.0%|
Powerplay breakdown with and without Buff
(Note the values don't exactly match those in the previous table. This data include 5 on 3 and 4 on 3 as I had to rely on NHL gamelogs).
So with Buff in the lineup we're generating close to 40% more powerplay shots. However, even then our powerplay hasn't been anywhere near respectable. 35.6 shots / 60 would still rank us dead last in the league.
Finally, how does this compare to last season?
|Shots per 60 minutes||45.6||21st|
|Goals per 60 minutes||6.2||10th|
Last Season 5 on 4 breakdown
Perry Pearn, you've got some work to do.