Wild West: Power-Play Potential

Chris Kane

2019-10-28

 

This week we are taking a quick trip down Power Play Lane. To start I took a look at the expected goals per 60 min numbers for teams on the power play (courtesy Evolving Wild). In a rather fortuitous coincidence, the top four teams were all western teams (see table below). In order to round out the sample, we scroll down to the 8th seeded LA Kings to give us a top five.

 

Rank

Team

xG/60

1

Golden Knights

8.45

2

Sharks

8.33

3

Oilers

7.59

4

Canucks

7.58

8

Kings

6.92

 

 

The reason for looking at these numbers in the first place may be obvious, but essentially it comes down to wanting to own players who are on strong power plays. A strong power play means more goals, which means more points for those players on it.

 

When we look at these units we start to see some really interesting things. Here are the top five players in power-play time on ice.

 

Player

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