New data released by the NHL’s Players’ Association on Monday shows that players are spending more time on the ice than ever before.
In addition to the increase in time spent in the offensive zone, the numbers show that more than 2,200 players have taken part in at least one shift during the season, a jump from the 2,003 players who took part in one shift in 2017-18.
The numbers show an increase in both scoring and the amount of time spent on the penalty kill as well.
The average time on ice for all players increased from 8:53 to 9:02 per game in 2018-19.
That increase is even more pronounced in terms of how many minutes per game a player has been on the power play, where the average time in the penalty box went from 1:19 to 1:45 per game.
As of Monday, more than 1,400 players were on the top-four power play unit, which accounted for about 70 percent of all power-play time.
That’s a marked increase from the 1,100 power-plays that were on pace for that stat in 2018.
In the playoffs, there were 1,900 power-players on the second power play.
The average time was down from 1,857.
Overall, the number of players on the PP in the playoffs rose by 1,500 from a season ago.
It’s a noticeable jump from just five power-positional shifts in 2018, which resulted in an increase of 1,700 PP time.
As a team, the Panthers and Blackhawks were the only teams to see a decrease in PP time last season, with just 2,100 PP shifts between them.