Just ran some quick numbers on the Pens PK, specifically, the defensemen. The results are surprising, to say the least.

In the chart below, I tallied the power play goals allowed while each defenseman was on the ice. Then I looked up their shorthanded minutes played. Finally, I divided minutes played by goals allowed to come up with the rate at which each allowed power play goals.

Player GA MP MP/GA
Niskanen 1 1.50 1.50
Michalek 3 26.75 8.92
Engelland 2 6.00 3.00
Martin 3 7.50 2.50
Strait 1 0.75 0.75
Orpik 7 23.25 3.32
Letang 4 6.25 1.56

The huge surprise here is Zbynek Michalek. He takes a lot of criticism from myself and many others. But his rates of allowing power play goals was far less than any of the other defensemen. He had more shorthanded ice time than anyone, yet was on for only three goals. Compare that to the seven for Orpik in about the same amount of time, or the four for Letang in less than a quarter of the time.

When you add in Michalek’s defensemen-best +2, it’s hard to argue that he’s the source of their defensive problems.