Thread: Post-Game Talk: Montréal defeat Devils 3-1
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04-03-2011, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Watsatheo View Post
Our best PK forwards if you look at shorthanded icetime per pp goal against (obviously doesn't tell whole story as it doesn't take which PP unit or 5 on 3 into equation):

1. Brian Gionta (152 minutes / 12 PP goals against): ~12.6min/PPGA
2. Jeff Halpern (168 minutes / 14 PP goals against): ~12.0min/PPGA
3. Travis Moen (179 minutes / 15 PP goals against): ~11.9min/PPGA
4. Tomas Plekanec (207 minutes / 18 PP goals against): ~11.5min/PPGA
5. Tom Pyatt (129 minutes / 12 PP goals against): ~10.7min/PPGA

The other forwards play half as much or even less on the PK and still have a worse rate expect for one...Scott Gomez (73 minutes / 5 PP goals against): ~16.7min/PPGA.

Just to make sure this isn't a fluke I looked up last year's averages:

1. Scott Gomez (159 minutes / 11 PP goals against): ~14.5min/PPGA
2. Brian Gionta (117 minutes / 10 PP goals against): ~11.7min/PPGA
3. Travis Moen (192 minutes / 19 PP goals against): ~10.1min/PPGA
4. Tomas Plekanec (224 minutes / 23 PP goals against): ~9.7min/PPGA

Everyone else didn't play nearly as much on the PK but among them these were the best:

Tom Pyatt (45 minutes / 2 PP goals against): ~22.5min/PPGA
Sergei Kostitsyn (84 minutes / 8 PP goals against): ~10.5min/PPGA
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For defense, I have to say I was surprised to see who came first.

1. PK Subban (187 minutes / 11 PP goals against): ~17.0min/PPGA
2. Hal Gill (278 minutes / 19 PP goals against): ~14.6min/PPGA
3. Josh Gorges (136 minutes / 10 PP goals against): ~13.6min/PPGA
4. Jaroslav Spacek (129 minutes / 16 PP goals against): ~8.1min/PPGA
5. Roman Hamrlik (151 minutes / 24 PP goals against): ~6.3min/PPGA

Brent Sopel (28 minutes / 2 PP goals against): ~14.0min/PPGA
Paul Mara (43 minutes / 6 PP goals against): ~7.2min/PPGA

Gill leads the league in SH TOI and plays way more than anyone else on the team so he by default wins best penalty killer but the fact Subban is so effective is another proof of his defensive abilities. Furthermore, Hamrlik shouldn't kill penalties.
Wow, I had already looked up and knew these stats already, but I just did one calculation based on your last sentence and it is staggering.

If we had a different coaching staff that would put Hamrlik out there for Gill's minutes and Gill out there for Hamrlik's minutes, we would likely have something near THIRTEEN more goals against this year!!!

Or if our coaching staff had not wanted to play the risk-taking offensive-minded rookie Subban on the PK, and split his minutes between Spacek and Hamrlik, we might have FIFTEEN more goals against!!!

Goes to show that efficiency on the PK is a real factor, and you can't just say "oh, we could put anyone out there on the PK". Truth is, the PK is as important as the PP. Folks often forget that.

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