Wings averaging most power plays; Bruins averaging fewest

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Team GP PPs Avg
DET 41 155 3.8
CHI 40 150 3.8
TBL 42 155 3.7
NYI 40 146 3.7
OTT 39 139 3.6
TOR 41 146 3.6
CBJ 38 134 3.5
STL 40 140 3.5
DAL 39 135 3.5
LAK 40 138 3.5
CGY 41 139 3.4
MIN 38 128 3.4
WPG 40 133 3.3
ANA 42 139 3.3
PHI 40 132 3.3
SJS 41 135 3.3
NSH 39 128 3.3
PIT 40 130 3.3
COL 40 129 3.2
ARI 39 123 3.2
FLA 37 115 3.1
NYR 37 114 3.1
CAR 40 123 3.1
VAN 38 116 3.1
WSH 39 117 3.0
EDM 41 122 3.0
NJD 42 123 2.9
MTL 40 113 2.8
BUF 41 113 2.8
BOS 41 94 2.3

Notes:

— It helps to have the puck. Detroit, Chicago, Tampa Bay and the Islanders have it a lot and get a lot of power plays; Buffalo barely has it all, and doesn’t.

— Speed is a factor in drawing penalties. No surprise to see a couple of older, slower teams, New Jersey and Vancouver, near the bottom of the table.

— It’s important to remember that referees, though they will deny this, have a tendency to even up calls. The Red Wings, for example, get a lot of power plays, but they’ve also been shorthanded a fair bit. The largest PP/PK differentials belong to Chicago (plus-39) and Boston (minus-34).

Top 5 PP/PK differential

Chicago (+39)
Calgary (+35)
NY Islanders (+31)
San Jose (+23)
Tampa Bay (+23)

Bottom 5 PP/PK differential

Boston (-34)
Winnipeg (-28)
Montreal (-26)
New Jersey (-25)
Buffalo (-23)