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Oilers' Penalty Kill Scoring Chances

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The Edmonton Oilers currently hold the worst penalty kill in recorded NHL history.  Their 67.44% rate is on pace to submarine the 1979-1980 Los Angeles Kings as the worst ever.

One nice thing about keeping a database of the scoring chances is that we're able to do a couple of quick queries and find the chances on special teams as well.  Below are the numbers for the first quarter of the season.

Though Shawn Horcoff is second in short-handed goals allowed, he leads the team in chances against.  Horcoff's 11.6 chances against per 15 minutes of short-handed time on ice is two chances more per fifteen than the best Oiler on the power play.  No wonder the special teams is so abysmal.  As a side note - Gilbert Brule should never play the penalty kill again.

#  Player 
TSC TSCA
CA/15
10 S. HORCOFF 
6 32
11.645
28 R. JONES
1 11
11.727
13 A. COGLIANO 
9 27
13.393
14 J. EBERLE
6 38
13.919
27 D. PENNER 
5 28
16.260
16 C. FRASER
6 44
16.717
83 A. HEMSKY 
4 29
16.834
89 S. GAGNER 
0 8
18.433
67 G. BRULE 
1 11
26.613

 

Jason Strudwick is last in chances against at even strength, so it's no surprise that he's also last in chances against while short-handed.  Tom Gilbert is struggling on the penalty kill, perhaps this is the source of all of the ire directed his way by the media and fans?  Considering he's the best defenseman at even strength, maybe the "saw him bad" crowd is focused in on the penalty kill?

#  Player 
TSC TSCA
CA/15
5 L. SMID 
5 25
12.187
2 J. VANDERMEER
4 24
13.975
6 R. WHITNEY
14 55
15.346
49 T. PECKHAM
3 37
15.962
77 T. GILBERT 
8 60
15.991
43 J. STRUDWICK
2 24
19.565

 

Even though Nikolai Khabibulin has the worst short-handed save percentage in the league, he's not seeing the most chances against per fifteen minutes, Devan Dubnyk is.

#  Player 
TSC TSCA
CA/15
29 M. GERBER
0 1
4.373
40 D. DUBNYK
12 50
12.701
35 N. KHABIBULIN
7 64
12.723

 

Edit: Scott noticed an issue with the chances and he was correct. The goaltender chances have been updated.