Yahoo’s Buzzing the Net — “World Junior 2015: Finland’s Power Play Woes Provide an Opportunity for Canada”

by Megan Richardson

In two games, Finland has had eleven power play opportunities (including over a minute of 5-on-3) and scored on none of them. They’ve hardly generated scoring chances at all like we’d normally expect from a power play. When two Finns collided during a simple power play breakout against the U.S., Gord Miller remarked that the team looked more collected in 5-on-5 play. The numbers bear that out: against the U.S., Finland had 12 shot attempts in 10 minutes of power play time, averaging a meager 1.2 shot attempts per minute. That would put them dead last in the NHL this year, behind even Buffalo. I watched all the Finnish power plays thus far to try to discover why a team that’s pretty good at even strength implodes with the man advantage…