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11-20-2012, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by struckbyaparkedcar View Post
I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that defensemen who kill 5+ minutes of penalties a night just don't exist anymore, and that lens is getting used retroactively when it doesn't really apply. For example, Hal Gill led the entire NHL in PK time and didn't break four minutes in 2011. Francois Beauchemin is the only player in the past three years with over 50 games played and more than four minutes of SHTOI/G.

That's a drastically different landscape from when the Norris was going through St. Louis or Detroit pretty much exclusively, and all three of MacInnis, Pronger and Lidstrom were averaging 4-5 minutes shorthanded. Stevens too, although he was more of a gatekeeper than a contender once his offensive production dipped.

The main reason for this is that PP opportunities have steadily dropped since the 80's. There's simply a lot less PK time per game now.
Opportunities spiked pretty big for 2 seasons after the '05 LO but have since dropped well below even what they were before the LO.

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