Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Lil Hockey Talk

It's not unusual for the Detroit Red Wings to have the NHL's best power play this season -- the Wings were third in 2007-08 and have been in the top five every year but one this century. But this season's group is putting up numbers that haven't been seen in a long time.

Detroit's power play is connecting at a 28.1 percent rate -- a figure that no team has come close to in nearly two decades. No team has converted more than a quarter of its power-play opportunities since Pittsburgh's 26.0 percent performance during the 1995-96 season. The last team to come close to where the Red Wings are now was the 1989-90 Calgary Flames, who finished first in the NHL at 27.7 percent -- including a 31.5 percent success rate at home.
Yep… they’re just awesome on the power play this year. Just ask Nashville, who surrendered FIVE power play goals (out of six opportunities) to the Wings this past Wednesday. Here are the highlights from that game:
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  1. Buck,
    They are really fun to watch, to the connoisseur of Hockey. Nothing keeps a team going than taking advantage when the opposing team makes a mistake and you can punish them.

    Course, nothing takes the steam out of a team like getting scored on short handed. The Flyers have been outrageous doing that this year. They had another one today but it was not enough to win them the game, it did spark a come from behind effort, but it was not to be.

    I can't wait to see which teams remain in April. Enjoy the rest of the season, I know I am.

    BT: Jimmy T sends.

  2. Mike Richards Flyers...7 short handed goals this season, 3 games in a row, including his 3rd career 3 on 5{two man disadvantage}. Plus as a team Philly is yet to give up a short hander.

  3. Jimmy sez: Course, nothing takes the steam out of a team like getting scored on short handed.

    Pat adds: Mike Richards Flyers...7 short handed goals this season...

    Shorties ARE fun! Here are the Top Ten of all time (note #3, LOL!). It's interesting to note the Flyers OWN the category this year.... Richards, followed by Gagne and Carter, are the Top Three ... as of today.


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