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04-03-2011, 01:02 PM
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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.
The powerplay was at it's highest efficiency in the beginning of the season with the following:

Gill - Gorges (1st unit)

Hamrlik - Spacek (2nd unit)

Those units were pretty much written in stone until Gorges was injured. So to say
# 44 should never kill penalties isn't exactly fair as the powerplay was ranked
1st- 2nd through that period of time which was into January.

After Gorges was injured the only constant was Gill on the first wave until it was figured out that Subban is just as efficient as Gorges if not moreso. I mentioned this in another thread but Subban is incredible at clearing the puck on the PK, better than Gorges IMO.

The second wave has been the one in question. The PK dropped to sixth in the league and since Hamrlik has been removed entirely it's dropped to about 10th. To be fair to Hamrlik you'd almost have to take Sopel + Mara + Wiz + Spacek + Weber + Picard because that's who he ended up with at one time or another. Sopel and Mara have now settled into the second unit to alleviate # 44's minutes who still plays close to 23 - 24 a game. Sopel and Mara started off good but then dropped off maybe partly due to Sopel being injured.

Another trend that was taking place was that Subban and Gill were both taking penalties, and sometimes at the same time, which puts others at a disadvantage since some of those resulted in 5 on 3's.

Generally speaking the second unit is also a lesser tier of forwards which also has been re-arranged. Having said all that the PK stands overall in the NHL just about where it's been the last 3 years. LOL

Subban has been tremendous and carries Gill who cannot clear the puck to save his life sometimes.

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Jacques Martin has now 598 wins in his career it would be nice to get the two wins to get his 600th, that's quite a good milestone.

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The powerplay was at it's highest efficiency in the beginning of the season with the following:

Gill - Gorges (1st unit)

Hamrlik - Spacek (2nd unit)


I'm sure you meant PK not PP

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I'm sure you meant PK not PP
No man, dont you remember, Gill and Gorges were the most lethal PP backend in the league.

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