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Pittsburgh’s special teams have been pretty good; Florida’s not so much

Dec 16, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

Bit of a slow morning in NHL news, so for no particular reason here’s a ranking of the league’s combined power play and penalty kill rates. Obviously, the higher the number the better.



— Pittsburgh has the league’s best power play and No. 2-ranked penalty kill. That the Pens are dangerous with the man advantage is no surprise, but the PK is a different story. Last season, it finished 25th (79.6%).

— Vancouver has the league’s best PK, the only one above 90 percent. The power play has been coming on as well. The Canucks have scored at least a goal with the man advantage in nine of their last 11 games and are 6-for-20 during their current seven-game winning streak.

— Chicago has the 29th-ranked PK, which doesn’t exactly mesh with its 24-7-5 record. In fact, only the Senators, Leafs, and Islanders have given up more power-play goals (30) than the defending Cup champs (28). Of course, when you’re as good as the Blackhawks are 5-on-5 and with the man advantage, it’s less of a concern.

  1. bmscalise - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    It isn’t that surprising that the Pens PK is excellent. It was bad last year during the regular season – I suppose an adjustment to no J. Staal – but it was good during the playoffs last year. And it was top-2 in 2011-12 and 2010-11 before the anomaly of last year.

    • Tyler - Dec 16, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      It is surprising that the PK is still doing very well despite the rash of injuries.

  2. jpelle82 - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    i was worried going into the season with the loss of cooke but the glass/adams combo was lights out until glass got hurt. i like what sill’s doing out there recently though, he’s played 7 nhl games and has become pretty reliable on the kill.

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