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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Power plays created and given

After tracking this stat for a decade, I'm still not settled on a name. But there is a consistency and obvious value in players who draw penalties. So, for the time being, let's call the ability to draw a penalty a "power play created" and when a player is whistled for a penalty that leads to a man-advantage a "power play given". PPC and PPG.

Zetterberg, 4-0 +4
Filppula, 3-0 +3
Leino, 3-1 +2
Williams, 3-1 +2
Datsyuk, 2-1 +1
Draper, 2-1 +1
Bertuzzi, 1-1 0
Abdelkader, 1-2 -1
Cleary, 0-1 -1
Holmstrom, 1-2 -1
Franzen, 0-2 -2
Maltby 0-6 -6

Kronwall, 5-4 +1
Stuart, 3-2 +1
Ledba, 1-0 +1
Lidstrom, 1-1 0
Meech, 0-1 -1
Ericsson, 0-1 -1
Rafalski, 0-1 -1

Team, 3-1 +2

The first thing that jumps out is that the Filppula line is a penalty time bomb for the opposition. Filppula, Williams and Leino have created a total of nine Red Wings power plays in seven games. And should they have Kronwall and Stuart on the blue line with them, that total jumps to 17 power plays created in seven games.

Zetterberg heading the forwards list isn't surprising. He and Datsyuk been a power-play magnet for years. I've found over the years that forwards draw penalties in two ways ... either they're very dangerous offensively or big-time pests.

Maltby has hurt the Wings the most in penalties. A decade ago, he and Holmstrom were big penalty drawers. Not so much any more. Of late, Maltby doesn't draw many penalties, so when he gives away six power plays in seven games, that's a big liability. Add to that Maltby had been whistled for three offensive-zone penalties ... the rest of the team combined has three offensive-zone penalties. Coaches hate to see a penalty given when the opposition is three zones away from your net.


Blogger James said...

Gotta say, I love this statistic. I wish it was referenced more often to describe a player's usefulness to the team. Maybe weighting the statistic by where the penalties are taken and drawn (off. zone, def. zone) could help show a clearer picture of the player's danger on the ice (e.g. Maltby's case, as you described in the text).

I would agree the name of this statistic is difficult, since it is kind of clunky describing the stat in just a few words. Other ideas:
* Penalty Differential
* Net Penalties (Drawn/Taken)
* Player PP Opportunity Differential
* Net Man-advantages Created

Anyway, great write up, great blog. Thanks, Bruce.

October 20, 2009 at 11:30 AM 
Blogger John said...

I'd call it:

PIM +/-

For example. If Reg Dunlop sucker punches Ogie Oglethorpe, Dunlop whacks Hanrahan in the helmet with his stick and Oglethorpe throws a chair at the ref and then they fight, the following minutes are awarded.

2 instigating
5 fighting
10 misconduct instigating
5 high sticking

2 unsportsmanlike - ref
5 fighting
10 misconduct unsport 0 throwing an item
10 game misconduct abuse of official

the net? Dunlop - 5 (2, 5, 5)

Oglethorpe + 5 (2, 5)

Oglethorpes team was awarded 5 minutes in power play time. + 5.

Later in the game, oglethorpe headbutts an opponent and on the way to the box, reaches into their bench and punches someone: -2, -5.. so his net game performance: -2.

October 20, 2009 at 3:13 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

You had me at Oglethorpe.

To all, please keep the Slap Shot analogies coming and the Slap Shot references and the Slap Shot anythings.

October 20, 2009 at 3:15 PM 

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