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The penalty recap: Which players are taking the most minor penalties?

When we are talking about intangibles, we are not talking of invisible things, but rather about stuff than our brain remembers without counting it.

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When you don't like a player, every little thing becomes a huge issue. There are few things that stir up anger in most fans: penalties, icings and giveaways.

No matter how many successful events that player completed, we focus on the bad one.

Today I'd like to take a look at minor penalties, to see how our favourite scapegoats are doing.

Remember that the average power play is running at 19.15% efficiency so far this season. You could say that your team will roughly allow a goal every five power play opportunities. The Habs do a bit better, to the tune of 86.7% during the penalty kill.

They've been on the penalty kill 76 times this season, and are tied with Anaheim for seventh in the league in that department. Fortunately for the Canadiens, they scored five short-handed goals, for first in the NHL. At the same time, they are fourth in PP opportunities with 78, a differential of +2.

In a game, penalties tend to be more or less equal for each team; go figure. Nonetheless, it's not normal for a team that is supposed to focus on puck handling to be penalized that much.

Top in the league

RK

PLAYER

TEAM

PIM

MINOR

HK

TR

RGH

HLD

INT

SLH

HS

CC

HLDST

GLINT

1

Dustin Byfuglien, D

WPG

42

16

1

2

3

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

2

James Neal, LW

NSH

33

14

1

3

2

0

1

2

1

0

0

1

3

Kevin Bieksa, D

ANA

36

13

1

1

3

0

2

3

2

0

0

0

4

Dion Phaneuf, D

TOR

26

13

1

0

3

0

1

3

2

2

0

0

5

Tom Wilson, RW

WSH

37

11

2

0

5

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

Adam McQuaid, D

BOS

27

11

1

1

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

7

Brad Marchand, LW

BOS

37

11

3

0

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

8

Mark Giordano, D

CGY

22

11

2

2

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

9

Antoine Roussel, LW

DAL

30

10

0

3

2

0

2

2

0

1

0

0

10

Wayne Simmonds, RW

PHI

35

10

2

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Glossary

PIM: Penalty Minutes

RGH: Roughing

HS: High Stick

MINOR: Minor Penalties

HLD: Holding

CC: Cross Check

HK: Hooking

INT: Interference

HLDST: Holding Stick

TR: Tripping

SLH: Slashing

GLINT:Goalie Interference

Phaneuf and Marchand are in the top 10 of the league. No Semin. So where are the Habs players?

Most Minor Penalties among Habs players

RK

PLAYER

TEAM

PIM

MINOR

HK

TR

RGH

HLD

INT

SLH

HS

CC

HLDST

GLINT

45

P.K. Subban, D

MTL

16

8

0

2

1

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

71

Tomas Fleischmann, LW

MTL

14

7

1

1

0

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

95

Torrey Mitchell, C

MTL

22

6

0

1

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

97

Brendan Gallagher, RW

MTL

14

6

0

2

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

1

98

Alexei Emelin, D

MTL

14

6

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

113

Devante Smith-Pelly, RW

MTL

12

6

0

1

3

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

119

Alexander Semin, RW

MTL

12

6

1

1

0

1

0

2

1

0

0

0

200

Nathan Beaulieu, D

MTL

23

4

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Numbers are provided by ESPN. There is some discrepancy between the total minor and the individual count. Some penalty like elbowing and game delay are counted as minor but not indicated.

No surprise; Subban is first. Defencemen tend to take more penalties, and he plays a lot.

Alex Semin is only 119th and there's no Lars Eller present this year.

Interesting fact, Tomas Fleischmann, a crowd favourite, is 71st. But we have to dig a bit deeper.

Name

pos

Gm

PenD

TOI/Gm

PN

PN-

PenD60

TOI

RK

Alexander.Semin

R

14

-5

13.08

6

1

-1.64

183.06

23

Tomas.Fleischmann

LR

22

-5

14.85

7

2

-0.92

326.69

79

Alexei.Emelin

D

17

-4

20.43

7

3

-0.69

347.35

125

Torrey.Mitchell

C

20

-2

11.92

5

3

-0.5

238.32

175

Lars.Eller

CL

22

-2

13.78

4

2

-0.4

303.06

204

Devante.Smith-Pelly

C

21

-1

11.24

5

4

-0.25

236.14

258

P.K..Subban

D

22

-2

24.35

7

5

-0.22

535.62

267

Nathan.Beaulieu

D

22

-1

16.11

4

3

-0.17

354.51

281

Tom.Gilbert

D

22

-1

16.62

3

2

-0.16

365.74

285

Andrei.Markov

D

22

-1

22.34

3

2

-0.12

491.38

300

Jeff.Petry

D

22

-1

22.13

3

2

-0.12

486.94

301

Brian.Flynn

C

22

0

11.87

1

1

0

261.05

342

Max.Pacioretty

L

22

0

19.19

4

4

0

422.28

397

Greg.Pateryn

D

5

0

13.87

1

1

0

69.33

401

Tomas.Plekanec

C

22

2

19.11

3

5

0.29

420.34

498

Alex.Galchenyuk

LC

22

3

14.4

2

5

0.57

316.87

588

Dale.Weise

R

22

4

13.9

3

7

0.78

305.74

633

Brendan.Gallagher

R

22

6

16.53

6

12

0.99

363.68

660

Paul.Byron

C

10

2

11.75

0

2

1.02

117.53

663

David.Desharnais

C

22

6

14.58

2

8

1.12

320.82

672

Sven.Andrighetto

RL

1

2

11.33

0

2

10.59

11.33

711

Source : war-on-ice. Data is from Tuesday the 24th, prior to any NHL action.

Of course, the sample size is way too small when it comes to Sven Andrighetto.

Both Semin and Fleischmann have a -5 penalty differential, which mean they took more penalties than they drew. If we look at minutes played, Semin is in the top 25 in the NHL, followed by Fleischmann at 79. Basically, Semin has to be more disciplined. Those penalty, combined with his low scoring performances, are nothing to help him get any favor.

As we can see, all the defencemen are in the red, with the exception of Pateryn, who has only played five games. Emelin, another scapegoat, is in the top 3 of the team but still 125th in the league.

David Desharnais is the best regular on the team in this category, followed by the already dearly missed Brendan Gallagher. Devante Smith-Pelly, on the other hand, can't bring that sort of indiscipline to the first line. He did have a good differential in the past, but that's not the case this season.