EHG = Even handed goals
#PPO = # of power play opportunities
PP% = successful % of power plays
SHG = short handed goals (4-on-5)
ENG = empty net goals
PK = successful penalty kills
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There are those folks who fret and worry about Chicago’s PP too much lately.
Among Western teams, Chicago leads in even-handed goals (72.6%). In the East, it’s Boston (76.9%) followed by Toronto (72.7%).
Leading for power play: West: Anaheim (21.6%), St. Louis (21.6%); vs the East: Washington (25%) and Pittsburgh (22.4%).
People like to talk about power play %, but they generally don’t talk about something else that’s important when discussing the PP: how many opportunities a team gets for a PP. Among Western playoff teams, San Jose has had the most opportunities (151) but only the 4th-best about actually taking advantage of it. Team to worry about: Anaheim (111) and St. Louis (116) get the least opportunities but have the best success rate (both 21.6%). In the East, Montreal gets the most opportunities (157) but has only the 3rd-best success rate. Teams are going to do their best to not give teams like Chicago extra scoring opportunities on the PP.
Pittsburgh and Anaheim are both excellent at putting that final nail in the coffin with ENGs. Anaheim is better at regular short-handed goals (3) than Pittsburgh (1), however.
It’s better to have the best PK and not so hot PP vs. the best PP and not so great PK, and Chicago has the 2nd best PK in the West, 85.7% (Sharks have 86.9%). Boston has the best PK both in the league and the East (90.4%). Chicago has been shorthanded the fewest times in the league (112); Boston is 12th (125). The Blackhawks and Rangers also lead playoff teams for short-handed goals (4 each). (Note: Buffalo and New Jersey have more, but neither is currently in contention.)
Interesting number: among teams in playoff contention, Pittsburgh is second-worst on the PK: just 79.9%. (23rd in the league). Only Washington is worse (75.9%).
Numbers other teams should worry about: Chicago leads the league for 4-on-4 goals (7). Among teams in playoff contention, second is St. Louis 6; no other team currently in playoff contention has more than 4.
Good sign for any playoff games that go to OT. (Playoff games don’t go to OT but hey, 4-on-4 power plays happen. Take advantage of those, yo.)
The 2011 Boston Bruins would also readily point out that it’s entirely possible to not have the best PP%, and yet still win the Cup. The Bruins entered the playoffs ranked 20th overall (16.2%) for PPs; and they got worse in the playoffs - 11.4%, good enough for 14th out of 16 playoff teams. By comparison, their SCF opponent, Vancouver, had just 5 more PP opportunities over the course of the playoffs, and scored nearly twice as much (19 vs 10 PPGs).
Ultimately, however, every game is a new slate. A team can convert three or four power plays in a single game, and suddenly their stats shift in a new direction.