The Montreal Canadiens powerplay once again failed to produce, as the Habs lost 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The overall team grade of 62 was 6 percentage-points below their season average. The only bright spot was on the penalty-kill, where 6 players had risk/reward ratings above their season-averages.
Only six players posted overall grades higher than their season average. Mike Cammalleri returned from an injury to post the team's lowest grade. Erik Cole and David Desharnais had grades just slightly better than Cammalleri. Lars Eller had the top grade. Other players with grades above 70 include Hal Gill, Yannick Weber, Andreas Engqvist, and Mathieu Darche.
Mike Cammalleri had the lowest risk/reward. Erik Cole's risk/reward rating was only slightly better. Other players with exceptionally low ratings include Brian Gionta and David Desharnais.
Eller earned the top EVEN-STRENGTH risk/reward rating, followed by Engqvist. No other players had risk/reward ratings above 2.00. Eller earned his best rating in the offensive-zone, while Engqvist's best numbers were produced in the neutral-zone. Engqvist's had a perfect night in the neutral-zone; producing 10 successul plays and zero mistakes or lost puck-battles.
Brian Gionta had the lowest even-strength risk/reward rating. Gionta's r/r rating of 0.00 indicates that he made only 1 successful play for every 1 mistake or lost puck-battle. Other players with low even-strength risk/reward ratings include Travis Moen and Erik Cole.
Despite, or possibly due to an early exit, Scott Gomez engaged in the most events per-minute played. Other players with high event averages include Eller and Gill.
Lars Eller had the top o-zone risk/reward rating. Eller's rating was twice his season average, and substantially better than any other player. He competed 6 of 9 o-zone passes, while beating opposing players 1on1 (deaks) 5 times.
Brian Gionta had the lowest even-strength offensive-zone risk/reward rating. Gionta was unable to win any of his 3 o-zone puck-battles, and failed to hit the net with 3 shots. Other players with low o-zone risk/reward ratings include PK Subban, Yannick Weber, Andreas Engqvist, and the usually solid Tomas Plekanec.
PK Subban had the top d-zone risk/reward rating. Slightly better than both Hal Gill and Yannick Weber.
Mike Cammalleri had the lowest neutral-zone risk/reward rating. Cammalleri won only 33% of his n-zone puck-battles, and was not able to complete either of his 2 n-zone pass-attempts. Other players with low neutral-zone risk/reward ratings include Darche, Cole, and Alexei Emelin.
Mike Cammalleri continued his tough return, as he produced the lowest PK risk/reward rating. Other players with short-handed ratings in the negative include Andreas Engqvist and PK Subban. Subban uncharacteristically lost all 3 of his short-handed puck-battles.
Despite his poor rating, Desharnais should still be considered as a solid piece of any first-wave. He, along with Pacioretty, Plekanec, Subban and Weber have created far-and-away the most PP scoring chances. The numbers show that it is through a combination of these 5 players that the powerplay will find success.