Ducks Gameday: More Power

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We're in a lot of trouble here, guys.



4.4%

Yikes. The Ducks power play sits at a 4.4% effective rate after our defeat of the Calgary Flames, in which we pissed away 2 power plays including a 5 minute major where we gave up a shorthanded goal. In previous games, we've similarly pissed away 5-on-3 plays (and just about all other man advantages). Good god.

Nopt surprisingly, 4.4% is good enough to land us as the very worst team in the league on the power play.

Team PP% PK% GP W L OT P
PITTSBURGH 35.3 77.8 6 5 1 0 10
TORONTO 33.3 88.9 7 6 1 0 12
WASHINGTON 30.8 84.0 7 2 5 0 4
ST LOUIS 30.0 72.0 5 4 1 0 8
MINNESOTA 29.0 68.0 7 3 2 2 8
TAMPA BAY 27.3 74.1 6 4 2 0 8
MONTREAL 26.9 84.0 6 4 2 0 8
SAN JOSE 26.7 83.3 6 6 0 0 12
COLUMBUS 25.0 85.7 5 2 3 0 4
DALLAS 23.5 79.0 5 2 3 0 4
NASHVILLE 22.2 71.4 6 3 3 0 6
NY ISLANDERS 22.2 82.4 6 2 2 2 6
CHICAGO 21.7 72.2 6 4 1 1 9
PHOENIX 20.8 78.1 7 4 2 1 9
LOS ANGELES 20.0 85.7 7 4 3 0 8
OTTAWA 20.0 80.6 6 2 2 2 6
NY RANGERS 20.0 79.2 6 2 4 0 4
EDMONTON 19.2 66.7 7 1 5 1 3
COLORADO 19.0 93.8 6 6 0 0 12
DETROIT 19.0 85.7 7 5 2 0 10
CALGARY 18.2 71.4 6 3 1 2 8
WINNIPEG 16.7 80.0 7 3 4 0 6
CAROLINA 12.5 83.3 7 2 2 3 7
FLORIDA 10.7 82.6 7 2 5 0 4
BOSTON 10.5 86.7 5 3 2 0 6
BUFFALO 10.3 84.6 8 1 6 1 3
VANCOUVER 10.0 91.3 7 4 3 0 8
PHILADELPHIA 6.9 79.4 7 1 6 0 2
NEW JERSEY 6.7 81.2 6 0 3 3 3
ANAHEIM 4.4 72.2 6 5 1 0 10

(Stats as of 10/17/13, prior to any games played that day)

Nick Bonino scored our lone power play goal. That's one power play goal on 23 opportunities.

Even Teemu Selanne had some things to say about the ugly power play:

"Power killers," Selanne said. "It's not pretty to watch. There's a lot of work to do."

We've been fortunate that the Ducks haven't really needed to rely on their power play yet during their 5-game winning streak. It would have been less stressful to have an effective man advantage for Wednesday's Calgary game, but ultimately we squeaked by without it. In our 1-6 blowout loss to the Avalanche, power play goals would not have made the difference. But this won't last forever. Sooner or later, we're going to need a power play unit that can score if we want to keep winning games.

But until they get the power play figured out, the team should probably just decline any further man advantages. This is fucking embarrassing.

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Hi ho there, neighbor.

Gameday Prediction

Daniel Winnik scores a power play goal, on his own net.

Classic Moment

To help commemorate the Ducks' 20th year this season, each gameday I'll be posting a clip of a classic moment from the team's history against that night's opponent. Here is today's...

The Mighty Ducks made their first playoff appearance ever in 1997 against the Coyotes. Below is the franchise's first ever playoff goal scored, tallied by (of course) Teemu Selanne.

Ducks win the first two games at home, but drop the next three. Game 6 goes to OT and is eventually decided by a Paul Kariya slapshot. The Ducks come back home to take the series in Anaheim, their first playoff series victory.

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