Toronto Maple Leafs’ Power Play Is Last in the Nhl…and Falling

January 10th, 2010 by Eric Warren Leave a reply »
The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate a power play goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs en route to a 4-1 beating of the Leafs last night as a dejected Nikolai Kulemin skates away in frustration.

This is an all too familiar picture this year for a club that is struggling to win without having to worry about the weakness of their special team play.

The Toronto Maple Leafs currently sit dead last in the NHL on the penalty kill at 68.3%. The Leafs have scored 122 goals and have allowed a league worst 158 goals against.

Of those 158 goals, 51 of them have been scored on opposing power plays. If the Leafs were equal to the league average on the penalty kill 81.37 they would have allowed only 13.3 ppga and their overall goals against would be 120 or two goals less than they have scored.

The Leafs have lost in some fashion, whether it be regulation, overtime or a shootout, thirteen games this season by one goal and been involved in one goal decisions 20 times out of their 46 games played.

If we were to take the 38 goal difference we get if the Leafs penalty kill was equal to the league average of 81.37% and spread them over th ...

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