What is a powerplay in hockey? In ice hockey, a team is said to be on a power play when at least one opposing player is serving a penalty, and the team has a numerical advantage on the ice (whenever both teams have the same number of players on the ice, there is no power play).
How do power plays work in NHL? A power play in hockey is when a team has a one or two-man advantage on the ice due to a penalty being taken by the other team. Power plays happen when a penalty is called on a player for an illegal act. For example, if one team commits a minor penalty, the other team will be on the power play for the next two minutes.
What happens in a powerplay? In ice hockey, a power-play happens after a player on the other team commits a penalty that causes them to serve time in the penalty box. During the time of the penalty, one team is short one player.
What causes a power play? Simply put, the power play happens when one or two players on one team are sent to the penalty box—that is, are obliged to leave the ice for some period of time—thus giving the other team a one- or two-man advantage.