The Penguins powerplay sucks.

But just don’t take my word for it:

Rightly or wrongly, a powerplay is judged based upon the frequency with which it puts the puck in the net.  And for the Penguins, they’ve managed to do that on just six (6) times this season on 45 opportunities, a success rate of a paltry 13.3%.

That percentage ranks them 25th in the league.

For a team that ranked 5th (24.6%), 1st (26.2%), and 3rd (23.1%) in each of the last 3 seasons, seeing them at the bottom of the league on the powerplay is uncharacteristic.

Some of this can be attributed to Evgeni Malkin having only played 5 games this season, but since his return on November 2nd against the Oilers, the Penguins have had 8 powerplay opportunities and found the back of the net exactly 0 times.

In fact, the last time the Penguins scored a goal on the powerplay was nearly a month ago, coming on October 13th in Winnipeg.

This drought has stretched 10 games, 22 opportunities, and 41:30 without a goal.  Systematically, they haven’t seemed to click this season in terms of getting shots from high percentage areas of the ice:

What you see here is telling.  While there is a small portion of brown that extends into the crease, signifying that the Penguins get more unblocked shot attempts from that area than the league average, they are simply underperforming almost everywhere else that usually nets you goals.