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The Power Play (Stats)

Seeing lots of arguments lately about the PP. A lot of people hate Plekanec on the point, a lot of people hate Darche ever seeing it and a lot of people demand Subban be on the top unit.

Figured I'd throw some numbers out to sort through some of the drama:

There are 12 guys on Montreal with more than 10 minutes of ice time on the powerplay, here they are and here are their points:
  • Plekanec - 90:03 (4:17 p/g) - 8 pts
  • Weber - 79:01 (3:45 p/g) - 5 pts
  • Desharnais - 75:45 (3:36 p/g) -3 pts
  • Pacioretty - 72:29 (3:27 p/g) - 3 pts
  • Subban - 65:47 (3:07 p/g) - 2 pts
  • Cole - 63:12 (3:00 p/g) - 5 pts
  • Gionta - 60:53 (2:53 p/g) -3 pts
  • Cammalleri - 48:36 (3:02 p/g) - 4 pts
  • Diaz - 45:02 (2:08 p/g) - 1 pts
  • Gomez - 33:55 (2:49 p/g) - 0 pts
  • Darche - 28:06 (1:20 p/g) - 0 pts
  • Kostitsyn - 18:00 (1:23 p/g) - 1 pts

So there you have it. Some facts to inform the debate.

Basic conclusions at a glance? No, Subban should not replace Weber on the PP. No, Plekanec should not be pulled off the point, he's far and away the most effective producer out there. Cole & Cammy deserve more time, Kostitsyn got inexplicably little.

And finally Gomez and Darche have no business anywhere near a PP. Ever. Period. End of story.

One point to make too: Powerplays need to use both a right and left handed shot on the point to have two effective one timer threats. That means Weber, Subban and Diaz are all up for the exact same spot, while Plekanec appears to be the only viable left handed shot on the point whatsoever. Replacing him means either a different forward (maybe Kostitsyn?) or someone like Gorges, Spacek or, god forbid, Hal Gill.

And for those that are inevitably going to ask: Eller has 4:01 total on the season (probably mostly accumulated in the last couple seconds of a PP) and no points.

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