This is a new feature we've started up here at FHS. Every couple of weeks we'll give you a heads up on the key power play situations around the league. This post will look at the teams in the Western Conference. Click here for the East.
(The statistics are for games up to and including Oct. 15th)
If your name isn't Lubomir Visnovsky, Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry or Bobby Ryan don't expect to get much PP time in Anaheim this year. Those five were all over 3:46 PP TOI / game... next on the list (Koivu) had only 2 minutes.
We're not convinced that Tomas Kopecky's hot start (1+5=6 in 5 games) is for real but he is getting some good PP time. His 3:38 / game is the 4th highest on the team and more than Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa.
Anton Stralman is still the PP QB in Columbus. His 5:08 / game is 2nd only to Rick Nash. Nikita Filatov is getting some good PP time so far (4:32) which is key for him to breakout this year.
If you were expecting another 41 points and 19 PPP from Stephane Robidas early signs aren't encouraging. Robidas has only played 1:44 / game on the PP... good for 10th on the team. Matt Niskanen leads the Stars blueliners with 2:43. Do you think the Stars need a true QB or what?
With Brian Rafalski (team leading 3:53 / game on the PP) out for a few weeks look for Niklas Kronwall (2:28) and Jakub Kindl (1:25) to get a bit more time with the man advantage. Why are Mike Modano (3:11) and Valtteri Filppula (3:06) playing more on the PP than Pavel Datsyuk (2:36) and Henrik Zetterberg (2:56)?
The Oilers are really spreading the PP time around with their forwards... six players are between 2:20 and 3:20 / game on the PP. With just 1:21 / game, Magnus Paajarvi isn't getting the PP time he'll need to breakout this season.
Love what's happening in LA these days but when we see Michal Handzus getting the 5th highest amount of PP time on the team we think there is room for improvement. Rookies Andrei Loktionov (2:35) and Brayden Schenn (1:47) could end up stealing some of those minutes from Handzus.
Who leads the Wild in PP time so far? Mikko Koivu? Nope he's 3rd with 3:39 / game. Brent Burns? Nope he's 2nd with 4:10 / game. It's actually Matt Cullen who has a huge 5:04 / game. Cullen only has two seasons in his career with more than 15 PPP so this is very surprising. Expect to see Cullen and Koivu's numbers to flip as the season progresses.
Cal O`Reilly looks to have taken over the #1 C job and is also getting good PP TOI (3:50 / game, 4th on team).
The Sharks have only played two games but Dan Boyle has been on the PP for 9:22 / game. That's a lot. Jason Demers is handling the other point spot as we expected. He played the 6th most on the team with 5:02 / game.
Okay we take back our comment on Dan Boyle back because Alexander Steen has averaged 10:11 / game on the PP over the Blues first three games. Wow. We're not big fans of Steen's but if he keeps leading the Blues in PP TOI we'll have to change our position. Carlo Colaiacovo is 2nd on the team with 7:34 which is surprising as Erik Johnson only has 4:52 with the man advantage.
Dan Hamhuis is getting a bit of PP time (1:37 / game... sixth on the team) while Keith Ballard is not (0:02 / game). But the Canucks haven't had very much PP opportunities so don't read too much into these numbers.