Penguins dominating on special teams; Sabres…aren’t

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Bit of a slow day in hockey news, so here are the combined special-teams rates (power play plus penalty kill) for all 30 teams:

Team PP% PK% PP% + PK%
1 PITTSBURGH 32.8 87.9 120.7
2 CHICAGO 17.8 92.3 110.1
3 WASHINGTON 25.9 80.7 106.6
4 DETROIT 17.6 88.5 106.1
5 SAN JOSE 22.6 83.3 105.9
6 TAMPA BAY 23.8 81.4 105.2
7 ST LOUIS 26.2 78.6 104.8
8 TORONTO 20.6 84.1 104.7
9 VANCOUVER 18.0 85.7 103.7
10 OTTAWA 18.2 83.6 101.8
11 COLORADO 13.4 88.2 101.6
12 COLUMBUS 24.6 76.2 100.8
13 BOSTON 22.0 78.0 100.0
14 ANAHEIM 18.5 81.4 99.9
15 CALGARY 22.0 77.8 99.8
16 CAROLINA 19.0 80.4 99.4
17 LOS ANGELES 14.0 85.1 99.1
18 MINNESOTA 9.3 89.3 98.6
19 MONTREAL 13.0 84.6 97.6
20 WINNIPEG 9.7 87.7 97.4
21 ARIZONA 20.0 77.0 97.0
22 PHILADELPHIA 24.6 71.2 95.8
23 DALLAS 15.9 79.7 95.6
24 FLORIDA 15.7 79.7 95.4
25 EDMONTON 13.8 81.2 95.0
26 NY RANGERS 14.3 80.4 94.7
27 NY ISLANDERS 19.1 73.7 92.8
28 NEW JERSEY 18.6 70.0 88.6
29 NASHVILLE 13.7 72.1 85.8
30 BUFFALO 7.0 78.4 85.4

Notes:

— Hard to see Pittsburgh staying at such a high level all season, but a pretty impressive start on both the PP and PK. In 2013-14, the highest combined rate also belonged to Pittsburgh, at 108.4.

— The Predators’ special-teams issues are a bit of a surprise given their 11-4-2 start to the season. How to explain it? Easy: Nashville’s been the best five-on-five scoring team in the league, with a goals ratio of 1.74. The Penguins, by the way, are second in that category (1.62), while the Sabres (0.49) are last.

— The Wild have the best penalty kill, which is very good (2nd in NHL), when compared to their power play, which is very poor (29th).

— The Flyers have the best power power, which is very good (5th), when compared to their penalty kill, which is very poor (29th).