Powered up - 12-02-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

As you may have noticed, Eveni Malkin and Sidney Crosby are having pretty fair seasons from a stastical standpoint:

Having two players at the top of the league's scoring race is obviously a pretty impressive feat, especially when you consider the Penguins' power play has been having so much trouble as of late.

But in all reality, Crosby's and Malkin's point totals have benefitted a great deal from the team's misfiring power play. Compared to the top 15 scorers in the league, Malkin and Crosby generate a pretty high percentage of their point totals with a man advantage:

Player, Team
Points Power-Play
Percentage of overall
points from the
power play
Evgeni Malkin, Penguins 39 15 38.5
Sidney Crosby, Penguins 34 12 35.3
Simon Gagne, Flyers 31 8 25.8
Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks 31 13 41.9
Alex Ovechkin, Capitals 30 9 30.0
Marc Savard, Bruins 30 9 30.0
Jarome Iginla, Flames 29 14 48.3
Patrick Kane, Blackhawks 28 11 39.3
Marian Hossa, Red Wings 27 9 33.3
Alexander Semin, Capitals 27 6 22.2
Devin Setoguchi, Sharks 27 6 22.2
Mikko Koivu, Wild 27 12 44.4
Patrick Marleau, Sharks 26 4 15.4
Corey Perry, Ducks 26 10 38.5
Joe Thornton, Sharks 26 9 34.6

(All totals are through Monday's games.)

-Here are those players listed in order of the percentages:

Player, Team
Percentage of overall
points from the
power play
Iginla 48.3
Koivu 44.4
Getzlaf 41.9
Kane 39.3
Malkin 38.5
Perry 38.5
Crosby 35.3
Thornton 34.6
Hossa 33.3
Ovechkin 30.0
Savard 30.0
Gagne 25.8
Semin 22.2
Setoguchi 22.2
Marleau 15.4

-What do these lists prove? We hope they illustrated the importance of Crosby and Malkin but we really have no idea. We just want our paycheck on Thursday and we figured this would be a good way to get it.

(Photo: Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

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