We wrote earlier today about how special teams have been “hurting” the Philadelphia Flyers, who have struggled on both the power play and penalty kill.
But what about the other 29 teams?
Well, here are all 30 teams, sorted by their combined PP and PK percentages.
Obviously, anything over 100 is good.
|1||New York Islanders||120.9|
|10||Detroit Red Wings||103.0|
|11||New York Rangers||102.2|
|13||Los Angeles Kings||101.1|
|18||New Jersey Devils||98.1|
|20||Tampa Bay Lightning||96.4|
|23||St. Louis Blues||93.8|
|24||San Jose Sharks||92.5|
|29||Columbus Blue Jackets||88.0|
|30||Toronto Maple Leafs||81.1|
As you can, special teams are indeed hurting the Flyers. Only the Blue Jackets and Leafs have a lower combined rate.
Meanwhile, special teams have been a real boon for the Isles, Habs, Caps, Bruins and Canucks. The Isles have the top-ranked PK and the second-ranked PP.
You can also see a pretty clear relation to the standings. The top eight teams are all currently in a playoff spot, while the bottom six are not.