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Powerplays, penalty kills, and Special teams in the 2014-15 season

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Now that everyone has played 82 games, a look at how the refs called them, and how teams capitalized on them.

YOU BLEW THE CALL STRIPES!
YOU BLEW THE CALL STRIPES!
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Lets start this off by saying I know your team got hosed by the refs this year. I also know your powerplay sucks because you couldn't get into a groove. Now you can have the numbers to back up your (probably incorrect) conspiracy theories!

First, the raw chances. How good was your team at drawing penalties? How was your team at not taking penalties? To simplify it, I added two more columns: the percentage of power plays a certain team got, as well as the total number of penalties in that teams 82 games.

The Bruins were actually a good team in terms of not taking penalties, fini. However, they were the 29th ranked team in terms of drawing them, and spent most of the year dead last, at times having 25 less power plays than the next team.

Heres a spreadsheet of the data if you prefer that.

Attempts

Powerplays Times Shorthanded Penalty Differential % Of powerplays Total Penalties
CALGARY 255 186 69 57.82% 441
CAROLINA 240 190 50 55.81% 430
CHICAGO 261 211 50 55.30% 472
NY ISLANDERS 267 218 49 55.05% 485
DALLAS 290 254 36 53.31% 544
SAN JOSE 254 223 31 53.25% 477
NASHVILLE 259 234 25 52.54% 493
TAMPA BAY 282 257 25 52.32% 539
OTTAWA 280 257 23 52.14% 537
TORONTO 283 266 17 51.55% 549
EDMONTON 232 219 13 51.44% 451
MINNESOTA 246 234 12 51.25% 480
LOS ANGELES 247 236 11 51.14% 483
COLORADO 247 241 6 50.61% 488
DETROIT 294 288 6 50.52% 582
NY RANGERS 232 235 -3 49.68% 467
FLORIDA 246 250 -4 49.60% 496
ST LOUIS 251 257 -6 49.41% 508
PHILADELPHIA 256 266 -10 49.04% 522
MONTREAL 243 257 -14 48.60% 500
PITTSBURGH 254 277 -23 47.83% 531
VANCOUVER 238 266 -28 47.22% 504
WASHINGTON 237 266 -29 47.12% 503
WINNIPEG 269 308 -39 46.62% 577
BOSTON 213 244 -31 46.61% 457
BUFFALO 224 257 -33 46.57% 481
ANAHEIM 235 274 -39 46.17% 509
ARIZONA 230 279 -49 45.19% 509
COLUMBUS 244 303 -59 44.61% 547
NEW JERSEY 212 268 -56 44.17% 480


Enough with the attempts, show me the results!

PPG is power play goals,SHG is shorthanded goals, PPGA is powerplay goals against, and SHGA are shorthanded goals against. The first two are positives, and the latter two are negatives.

In the Bruins case, theyre the sixth best offense while shorthanded, scoring eight goals and only allowing three, which helped make their special teams numbers a lot more respectable, and despite finishing with 31 more shorthanded situations than power plays they were only a -1 in terms of goals. The Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron pairing while shorthanded is deadly, with 9 shorthanded goals combined the past two years. Using half of that number to get a per year rank, those two alone would be 18th amongst NHL teams.

Team PPG PPGA SHG SHGA Goal differential Goals %
CALGARY 48 36 6 3 15 58.06%
CAROLINA 45 29 2 4 14 58.75%
VANCOUVER 46 38 6 2 12 56.52%
TAMPA BAY 53 42 7 6 12 55.56%
ST LOUIS 56 42 2 5 11 55.24%
WASHINGTON 60 50 4 4 10 54.24%
DETROIT 70 55 3 8 10 53.68%
NY ISLANDERS 50 48 10 3 9 54.05%
MINNESOTA 39 32 4 3 8 55.13%
DALLAS 55 49 9 7 8 53.33%
CHICAGO 46 35 3 7 7 53.85%
LOS ANGELES 47 45 7 2 7 53.47%
SAN JOSE 55 48 4 5 6 52.68%
NY RANGERS 39 37 9 6 5 52.75%
COLORADO 37 37 4 2 2 51.25%
PITTSBURGH 49 42 6 11 2 50.93%
MONTREAL 40 42 7 4 1 50.54%
OTTAWA 47 44 6 8 1 50.48%
BOSTON 38 44 8 3 -1 49.46%
WINNIPEG 48 56 10 5 -3 48.74%
PHILADELPHIA 60 61 3 6 -4 48.46%
NASHVILLE 42 45 4 5 -4 47.92%
COLUMBUS 53 60 5 5 -7 47.15%
TORONTO 45 52 7 12 -12 44.83%
NEW JERSEY 41 52 7 8 -12 44.44%
ANAHEIM 37 52 9 6 -12 44.23%
EDMONTON 41 51 4 7 -13 43.69%
FLORIDA 40 50 1 6 -15 42.27%
ARIZONA 46 65 4 7 -22 40.98%
BUFFALO 30 64 7 8 -35

33.94%

Spreadsheet.

So, does your team need anger management lessons? Or should you team take some diving lessons?