Does taking more penalty minutes mean less points in the standings?

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Puck Prospectus Column on November 12, 2009 — 2 Comments

This week at Puck Prospectus, I examined whether teams that have taken the most penalties since the lockout also have lower overall point totals.

Here is an excerpt:

Surprise, surprise Detroit is once again at the top of another rankings list since the lockout. The job Ken Holland and company have done in Motown is truly amazing. No surprise again, that Buffalo, San Jose and New Jersey are also sitting at the top of both rankings list. That said, we once again see a mix up of the rankings as we move further on down each list. What stands out most may be the Anaheim Ducks—a traditionally undisciplined team—sitting fifth in total points since the lockout, but with the most penalty minutes in the entire NHL over that same period. In fact, the next closest team is more than 300 penalty minutes behind the Ducks.

Read the entire article here.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com dave

    Another good article Rich. I was actually surprised that Buffalo finished 4th overall in total points.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com Richard

    Dave, it caught me off-guard at the beginning too. But the Sabres were dominant the first two seasons post-lockout and had they not been decimated by injuries on the back-end, they’d have handled the Hurricanes in 2006 in the Conference Finals. Additionally, the past two seasons they have missed the playoffs but still recorded at least 90 points. Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff know what they are doing.