Eastern Conference: Powerful and Powerless

Eric Daoust

2015-11-10

How has the success and failure of these six Eastern Conference teams on the power play affected the fantasy of value of their players?

The most challenging task for fantasy managers at the start of a new season is to process all of the new information available. We all have our projections and expectations going in and we quickly notice a lot of individual starts not going according to plan. Most outliers end up being corrected rather quickly but in some instances the trend will continue. Thankfully there are metrics to help distinguish between fact and fiction.

After spending the last two weeks analyzing hot and cold starts for forwards and defensemen using primarily even strength numbers, this week we shift to the power play. The man advantage obviously produces situations that facilitate goal scoring and is a great source for points for those that see a lot of power play minutes and play with great linemates. On the other hand, power plays run hot and cold in part due to the lack of overall time in such situations.

Given the impact of power-play points on the overall point total of fantasy-relevant players, today we will cover six teams in the Eastern Conference. This includes the top two in efficiency, the bottom two and a pair of interesting teams doing well with the man advantage out of the gate. We will look at individual power-play points, time on ice with the man advantage, the percentage of the overall available power-play minutes spent on the ice, the on-ice shooting percentage and some numbers from last year for comparison.

Boston Bruins (33.3% – first overall)

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