O.K., I will be honest. I didn't watch much of the Leafs-Sabres game last night. As per usual, the Meatman provides a better review than I could anyway.
Instead I will use this inaugural post to complain about my least favourite hockey statistic. With the increase in penalties this year, this stat could bug me even more. The statistic in question? Power Play Percentage. I can't think of a more useless statistic. It begins to tell a story that needs to be told but it could be told so much simpler. What is more important to a team, what percentage of time they score a power play goal or the absolute number of power play goals that they have?
Currently the NHL ranks power play proficiency based on the percentage. But if you are time that draws more penalties but scores on the PP less frequently, you can score more PP goals but be ranked lower. This is nonsense. The currency of an NHL game is goals. Statistics should be measured in this currency, not in a percentage.
It is said that if you add up a teams PP and PK percentages and you get to 100 you have good special teams. Again, nonsense. You have good special teams if you subtract the number of goals given up on the penalty kill from goals scored on the power play and you have a positive number. The teams with the best differential has the best special teams. Period.
End of rant.