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10-15-2010, 04:25 PM
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This is something that REALLY hit home last night.

In four games, we are 1 for 17 on the PP; ranked 27th.

That's a 5.9%.

Ottawa is 5.6% (1/18) while both Montreal (0/9) and Florida (0/11) are 0.0%.

Last season we were 3rd with 21.4% (68/317) in the regular season; 7th in the playoffs at 21.9% (23/105).

In 2008-09 we were 6th with 22.5% (71/316) in the regular season; 10th in the playoffs at 13.3% (4/30).

In 2007-08 we were 2nd with 21.8% (84/385) in the regular season; 4th in the playoffs at 22.5% (15/67).

As the years have gone on, we've been less and less reliant on the PP to win games. Right now we are finding ways to win when our PP is sucking triumphantly. In fact, other than some shoddy play by Boucher, that's the only legitimate issue to complain out. Sure the Richards-Carter line lacks the punch it should with two stars, but the powerplay production is the biggest issue far and away. We score on the PP with any kind of decent regularity in these first few games, we're fairly easily 4-0-0.

That's a good sign, and 2-1-1 isn't all that bad. No reason to panic. If I remember correctly, our PP has always started slow. Let's hope we get into rhythm soon because we don't want to flirt .500 this year for long.

The biggest thing I've seen so far is that we're just not getting a lot of those garbage goals. We're a team known for garbage goals. We need to attack the net a little more, and perhaps get some bounces. Let's hope our PP comes out to shine on Saturday for the big game. We're overdue for a huge burst from the PP.

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