How are the San Jose Sharks going to reinvent their third-from-worst power play?
Training camp has offered its share of clues. Saturday’s season-opening 4-3 victory over Winnipeg offered more.
But as Brent Burns noted, “Jumbo used to say, the analytics and all that bullshit is bullshit.
“Just get a score, right? So you can have a bad power play, you score a goal, it’s a great power play all the sudden.”
For what it’s worth, the Sharks PP connected at a 25 percent clip in the preseason, a far cry from their 29th-ranked 14.1 percent last year. That’s a huge difference: Last season, San Jose scored 22 power goals in 156 attempts. If they had succeeded at a 25 percent rate, that would be 17 more goals over the course of a 56-game season. That’s a big number for a team with a -50 goal differential on the year.
It’s just preseason, of course. But hey, they got off to a good start against Winnipeg, potting two PP goals in five attempts.
Here’s what’s different, bullshit or not, about the San Jose power play.
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