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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Penalty plus-minus

Drawing a penalty call on the opposition is a skill. It takes either being a dangerous offensive player who keeps his legs churning or it takes being a pest. Staying out of the penalty box is also a skill.

Here's a look at how many power plays that Red Wings have created (PPC) and give to opponents (PPG) and the difference between the two.

FORWARDS
PPC, PPG, +/-

Zetterberg
17, 6, +11
Datsyuk
9, 2, +7
Hudler
6, 1, +5
Holmstrom
6, 2, +4
Helm
1, 0, +1
Filppula
7, 7, 0
Kopecky
7, 7, 0
Maltby
2, 2, 0
Hossa
9, 10, -1
Samuelsson
7, 8, -1
Draper
4, 5, -1
Meech
0, 1, -1
Franzen
3, 6, -3
Cleary
1, 6, -5

DEFENSEMEN
PPC, PPG, +/-

Stuart
4, 5, -1
Lidstrom
1, 3, -2
Meech
0, 2, -2
Rafalski
2, 5, -3
Kronwall
5, 9, -4
Lilja
3, 7, -4
Lebda
0, 6, -6

GOALIES
PPC, PPG, +/-

Conklin
1, 1, 0
Osgood
0, 0, 0

TEAM
5, 2, +3

NOTES:
Henrik Zetterberg got on fire in drawing penalties in the 13th game of the season. He went the first seven games without drawing a single power play. In the 17 games since, he has drawn 17 power plays. That's a remarkable team advantage. He had a four-game stretch of 10 power plays drawn.

Pavel Datsyuk is the team leader last season and is faring well again this season.

For how physical he plays, Brad Stuart is great at not taking penalties.

Johan Franzen is the biggest surprise on this list for someone who traditionally draws calls, but hasn't this season. Dan Cleary would be No. 2 on the surprisingly ineffective list.

Since the rule change this season brings the faceoff for any penalty into the offending team's zone, here's a look at how many offensive-zone and neutral-zone penalties have been called on the Red Wings ...

Hossa, 9
Kopecky, 5
Samuelsson, 5
Cleary, 4
Franzen, 4
Draper, 3
Rafalski, 3

Marian Hossa, obviously, is taking too many penalties too far from the Detroit net. He has 10 power plays given and only one on a defensive-zone infraction. Four have come in the offensive zone.

And for his position, Brian Rafalski has a similar problem. He's been whistled for one offensive-zone penalty and two more in the neutral zone with just two penalties coming in the defensive zone. Rafalski has three OZ or NZ penalties ... the rest of the Detroit defensemen combined have the same number.

3 Comments:

Blogger Sackofnachos said...

Hossa should draw way more calls than he does, he's hooked and held on every shift.

How he doesn't draw penalties is beyond me.

December 2, 2008 at 4:05 PM 
Blogger Nick said...

Rafalski always struck me as a rather "grabby" defenseman, so I'm not surprised to see him with a negative (don't get me wrong, I still think he's great)

A bit surprised to see samuelsson with a mediocre rating. It looks like he's always running his mouth out there on the ice.

December 2, 2008 at 4:11 PM 
Anonymous MacPhisto said...

Great post.

December 3, 2008 at 6:53 PM 

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