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01-02-2013, 12:41 PM
Sidney the Kidney
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Originally Posted by UnrealMachine View Post
List of potential negatives of having Crosby/Malkin kill penalties:

1. Reduced ES/PP time.
2. Less energy on ES/PP time (PK is draining on a players energy system).
3. Increased risk of injury.
4. Worse PK. There is nothing to suggest that the Pens would kill penalties at a higher rate with Crosby/Malkin. Intuition and general defensive statistics (individual 5 on 5 GAA) says that the PK would be worse.
5. Marginal increase in SH goals. People salivate over the idea of Crosby/Malkin scoring SH goals at will, but it is unlikely to have a significant impact. It is much more likely that that the increased number of goals given up with Crosby/Malkin on the ice dwarfs the number of additional SH goals by a country mile.

Instead of looking a small sample size (Flyers series), look at the entire regular season of the Flyers PK last season. Their PK rate and SH rate in the regular season were not enviable at all. The Flyers had 6 SH goals all season.
But it's not just the Flyers that put their stars out on the PK. A lot of teams do it. The Kings just won the Cup with their stars taking regular duty on the PK.

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