In Part 1 of our review of scoring chances, we looked at the Flyers even strength numbers. Now lets put the focus on special teams and check out the Flyers best performers on the powerplay and penalty kill.
Powerplay Chances For:
Opposing PKs generally concede possession and strive to limit quality shots, so to evaluate PP performance we want to look specifically at scoring chances generated over a sample of ice time.
I've highlighted the Flyers first PP unit in green and a best approximation of the second unit in red. The Flyers first unit has been clearly their most successful at generating chances and points.The 2nd unit as a whole is a clear step below in creating scoring chances.
Just like even strength, players directly involved in creating scoring chances were tracked on the PP. Although I chose to look at these stats in 20 minute intervals to better reflect PP ice time.
As you might expect, Claude Giroux is the Flyer's most effective player on the powerplay. Giroux and Kimmo play the set up game while Simmonds, Hartnell, and Voracek are the shooters. And again there is a clear divide between the 1st and 2nd units. No huge surprises here.
Shorthanded Chances Against:
This time we're going to focus solely on chances against for the same reasons we discussed above. A penalty's killers sole mission is limit quality shots at the net.
Michael Raffl has certainly solidified his role as a valuable penalty killer for the Flyers. The ageless wonder Kimmo Timonen has been superb, and surprisingly Luke Schenn is the next best Flyers defender on the PK. Rinaldo's short lived stint on the PK was largely unsuccessful.