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Power Play Opportunities: Week 1

I’ll be doing this little project by the week at first. Then maybe transition into a monthly review. This project started during the summer of 2012 from an article called Obstruction, which covered Power Play Opportunities, PPO, from the 2003 – 2012. That article revealed a decline in PPO from 2005 (479.6 PPO) to 2012 (271.1 PPO), a difference drop of 208.5 power play opportunities on average across the NHL. The drop in PPO’s correlates, for the most part, to a drop in total goals scored in the league, which includes a drop in power play goals scored. There was a drop of 30 goals scored and 8 power play goals per team for the seven seasons.

The reason I kick started this project once again was that there was an interference call made in the first game of the season in the first period. Calling interference penalties was something that was not talked about during the lockout by either the NHL or NHLPA like it was talked about during the 2004 lockout. So without further adieu:

Interference Penalties 2012-2013

Date

19-Jan

20-Jan

21-Jan

22-Jan

Totals A

Penalty

21

6

11

15

53

Games

13

6

7

9

35

Interference per Game

1.62

1.00

1.57

1.67

1.51

Interference Penalties 2012-2013

Date

23-Jan

24-Jan

25-Jan

26-Jan

Totals B

Penalty

3

15

14

10

42

Games

4

10

7

8

29

Interference per Game

0.75

1.50

2.00

1.25

1.45

Interference Penalties 2012-2013

Date

27-Jan

Total A

Total B

9 day Total

Penalty

12

53

42

107

Games

8

35

29

72

Interference per Game

1.5

1.51

1.38

1.49

It’s only been nine days, but interference calls have been the same since the first four games. Not every game will have an interference call while some games will have about three calls made. Our next stats take us to PPO’s.

Power Play Opportunites, 2012-13

Date

2005/06

2011/12

19-Jan

22-Jan

27-Jan

PPO

14390

8132

115

312

653

PPO Avg

479.6

271.1

4.42

10.4

21.8

PPOA/Game

5.84

3.31

4.42

4.45

4.53

Ana PPOA/G

5.85

3.30

3

2.5

2.75

Ana PPO

480

271

3

5

11

In a nine day short sample, we can already detect that this year’s PPO intends to stay as it is slowly increasing by 0.11 within nine days. Sadly, within those same nine days our Ducks seem not to want to partake in such a giving festivity by the league. From the table we see that more calls are being made this year than last year, one more penalty call per game called. Could that jump be as a result of more interference calls? I don’t really know since I didn’t start logging interference calls until this year. But I don’t recall interference calls being made that often last year. As for this year, I don’t think we’ve received a PPO from an interference call. Yet the Ducks have induced one that I recall, Allen’s borderline interference call against Vancouver at home during that 15 minute plus parade to the box. Now back to our Ducks, we are seeing about two less opportunities on the power play than the league average. Ouch!

Just because you have more opportunities it doesn’t mean you can score more, or does it? Let’s have a peek.

Power Play Goals, 2012-13

Date

2005/06

2011/12

19-Jan

22-Jan

27-Jan

PPG

2545

1408

33

73

132

PPG Avg

84.8

46.9

33

2.43

4.4

PPGA/Game

1.03

0.57

1.27

1.04

0.92

Ana PPGA/G

1.06

0.55

3.00

1.50

0.75

Ana PPG

87

45

3

3

3

Again, we compare the extremes of the seven year CBA of 2005 along with some spot checks into this young season. After nine days, we’re trending near the 2005/06 season. That means teams are scoring one more power play goal every two games when compared to the low point of the 2011/12 season. It may not seem much, but that is about 42 extra goals scored from the power play between two seasons (projected power play goals).

As a Ducks’ fan, I am not liking this trend I am seeing from the team. But the season is still very young, yet also very short. I’ll be very interested to see where we are in the quarter mark. The team may have only scored 3 goals, but we also have had the least amount of power play opportunities. Currently, we rank last in PPO and 21st for PPG scored, but are fifth overall with a 27.3% completion rate. That just means we need more opportunities on the power play to take advantage of the situation. I wonder if the coaching staff can figure out a way for this team to induce more PPO considering we’re lacking about two PPO per game after four games. Why aren’t we inducing interference calls?

Crazy as it may seem, but maybe… just maybe that’s the reason why Etem and Vatanen were called up from Norfolk. They both bring a lot of speed and both are looking to score. Generally, when you put those two characteristics together you usually draw calls such as interference, hooking, or holding. The Ducks are disciplined team; even with that nine penalty Vancouver bias, we’re still in the bottom third of times shorthanded. We signed Souray to help with the PP, but if we’re not getting enough PPO, then Souray’s signing would be a waste as it was his booming shot from the point that made him attractive along with his size. Despite the mishandling of Holland, I’m beginning to see the light should Etem and Vatanen stick with the parent club. We need to draw more power play opportunities.



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