129.9% — The combined power play and penalty kill rates of the Columbus Blue Jackets, by far the highest in the NHL. The Jackets’ power play is converting at a ridiculous 39.3 percent, while their PK is a very respectable 90.6 percent. Young center Alexander Wennberg leads all NHLers with eight PP assists, and nobody would’ve predicted that. So yeah, Torts’ job is probably safe for now. Amazing what a 10-0 win can do for a team. (Also, a really good rookie defenseman.)
80.7% — The lowest combined rate, which belongs to the Calgary Flames. It’s still early in Glen Gulutzan’s tenure as head coach, but that’s not particularly encouraging, given Bob Hartley lost his job in part due to poor special teams. Last season, the Flames had the 22nd-ranked PP and 30th-ranked PK. This season, the PP and PK are 30th and 29th, respectively. So if anything, the Flames’ special teams have taken a step back.
-5.4 — The shot differential of the Montreal Canadiens, who have only lost one game in regulation. Which is to say, welcome back, Carey Price! Because the only team with a more negative shot differential than Montreal is Arizona (-6.3), and the Coyotes (4-7-0) are dead last in the NHL. The Chicago Blackhawks (9-3-1) are another winning team with a negative shot differential (-4.1). In a related story, Corey Crawford was named the NHL’s second star for last week.
$6.3 million — The combined cap hit of Jimmy Vesey, Michael Grabner, Brandon Pirri, and Mika Zibanejad, four new Rangers forwards who have combined for 19 goals and 19 assists in 13 games. Granted, there are performance bonuses attached to Vesey’s contract, and Zibanejad will require a hefty raise next season, but hats off to general manager Jeff Gorton for getting creative with a team that appeared to be in trouble after last season.
.864 — The Flyers’ team save percentage, the lowest in the league. What’s especially perplexing is that Philly had the same two goalies last season, Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, and their team save percentage was .915, tied for fifth overall. Wish we could explain it, but we can’t. At least nothing has changed in Carolina, Winnipeg, Calgary, Dallas, Toronto and Arizona. Those six teams all ranked in the bottom 10 of save percentage last season, and they do again this season.