Power players - 11-09-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

There are a myriad of theories as to why the Penguins' power play hasn't enjoyed greater success.

One which has caught our eye involves Chris Kunitz (above, with Detroit's Chris Osgood in the preseason). It's been popular to suggest he is simply not an adequate net-front presence.

We won't debate the validity of that arguement. We'll just examine some data.

When you look at the numbers involving the Penguins' meager success with the man advantage this season, no other player has been on the ice for more of the team's 10 power play goals.

Here's a breakdown of the Penguins' players and how many power play goals they have been on the ice for:

Player Power-Play
Chris Kunitz 9
Sidney Crosby 8
Alex Goligoski 8
Evgeni Malkin 7
Kris Letang 4
Mike Comrie 3
Mark Letestu 3
Paul Martin 3
Mike Rupp 2
Andrew Hutchinson 1
Zbynek Michalek 1

What does this all mean? No idea. But it seems to us that whatever problems exist with the power play, they're much bigger than Chris Kunitz.

(Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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