NHL Power Plays 2/22/18

We have a very solid 11-game slate on tap for Thursday night so let’s dig right into it.

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Nolan Patrick – PHI vs. CBJ

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Wayne Simmonds being out of the lineup for the next two to three weeks opened a spot on Philadelphia’s top power-play unit. That’s a PP unit which, by the way, has produced a higher rate of goals (10.82 per 60 minutes) than Washington’s, Tampa Bay’s, Dallas’s, or most any power play. Patrick was given the first crack on that unit on Tuesday night and promptly replied with the first PP goal of his career. Good start!

The Columbus penalty kill is something to behold in the worst way imaginable. Though they’re near the bottom of the league in actual minor penalties taken since Christmas (2.56 per game), they are tied the fourth-most power-play goals against since Christmas (17). That isn’t just a run of bad luck, either, as they are last in the league in expected goals against per 60 minutes on the PK (10.1), and the gap between them and the second-worst team (Washington, 9.08) is smaller than the gap between Washington and the 12th-worst team (Anaheim, 8.1). They don’t take many penalties but they are beyond abysmal killing off the ones they do take.

Patrick’s new slotting should come in handy here. The rest of the Flyers on the top PP unit are expensive, and rightly so. His salary hasn’t had time to adjust and probably shouldn’t be anywhere near their prices anyway. He will likely avoid the top defence pair for Columbus as well at five-on-five and Columbus gives up nearly 19 percent more shots on the road when that pair is on the bench. This is a good matchup all around for a player being given a more prominent role but whose price hasn’t gotten out of line yet.


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