The New Jersey Devils had the 21st best power play in the NHL last season and was assumed that they would not be nearly as good this season as Ilya Kovalchuk, possibly the top power play player in the NHL and certainly the one who averaged the most ice time with the man-advantage, quit and went back to the KHL.
But the Devils added Jaromir Jagr in the off-season and promoted an offensive defenseman from the minors in Eric Gelinas and of a sudden they have scored on 39 of 189 opportunities which is ninth best in the NHL after going 28 for 176 in 2012-13.
Quite a difference.
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I’ve added the ranking of each team in brackets as far as power play efficiency is concerned.
Corey Perry: 14 points in 212:55 minutes of power play time.
Cam Fowler: 15 points in 205:34.
Ryan Getzlaf: 18 points in 204:52.
Nick Bonino: 19 points in 168:40.
Teemu Selanne: 8 points in 121:38.
Hampus Lindholm: 2 points in 114:08.
Anaheim was 0-6 on the power play this week and are now 37-210 (17) this season.
David Krejci: 17 points in 165:39 minutes of power play time.
Jarome Iginla: 13 points in 161:23.
Torey Krug: 18 points in 161:14.
Zdeno Chara: 13 points in 149:53.
Milan Lucic: 12 points in 148:46.
Patrice Bergeron: 5 points in 118:51.
Boston was 3-9 on the power play this week and are now 37-176 (T6) this season. Lucic had a goal and an assist with Chara and Bergeron also scoring. Krug had two assists with Reilly Smith, Iginla and Dougie Hamilton chipping in with one apiece.
Christian Ehrhoff: 10 points in 208:04 minutes of power play time.
Tyler Ennis: 11 points in 196:38.
Matt Moulson: 16 points in 174:59.
Cody Hodgson: 15 points in 161:39.
Jamie McBain: 3 points in 137:14.
Tyler Myers: 9 points in 136:41.
The Sabres were 3-10 this week and are 29-194 (23) this season. Ehrhoff was in on all goals with a goal and two assists. Hodgson and Myers each had a goal and an assist, while Drew Stafford picked up a helper.
Jiri Hudler: 11 points in 204:48 minutes of power play time.
Mark Giordano: 12 points in 151:08.
Kris Russell: 7 points in 140:45.
Dennis Wideman: 4 points in 140:27.
Michael Cammalleri: 6 points in 138:25.
T.J. Brodie: 6 points in 110:15.
The Flames were 0-7, putting them at 26-189 (28) this season.
Eric Staal: 11 points in 213:08 minutes of power play time.
Alexander Semin: 8 points in 168:54.
Jeff Skinner: 17 points in 163:59.
Andrej Sekera: 13 points in 157:46.
Justin Faulk: 6 points in 142:33.
Nathan Gerbe: 7 points in 136:04.
The Hurricanes were 0-19 this week and are now 28-216 in 2013-14 (29).
Patrick Kane: 23 points in 203:33 minutes of power play time.
Patrick Sharp: 19 points in 200:33.
Jonathan Toews: 11 points in 194:58.
Duncan Keith: 18 points in 191:56.
Andrew Shaw: 8 points in 151:31.
Nick Leddy: 8 points in 127:20.
The Blackhawks were 0-6 this week and are now 42-196 (T3) this season.
Matt Duchene: 15 points in 159:10 minutes of power play time.
Erik Johnson: 9 points in 156:02.
Ryan O'Reilly: 16 points in 154:52.
Gabriel Landeskog: 8 points in 148:25.
Andre Benoit: 8 points in 147:34.
Nathan MacKinnon: 15 points in 139:32.
Colorado was 6-13 this week and are 39-187 this season which is 8th best in the NHL. O’Reilly had a big week with a goal and three assists with Jamie McGinn and Nick Holden getting a goal and an assist each. Parenteau, Landeskog and Benoit completed the scoring. Duchene had three assists and rookie sensation MacKinnon set up two. Paul Stastny and Tyson Barrie finished the scoring as each had an assist.
James Wisniewski: 20 points in 185:07 minutes of power play time.
Jack Johnson: 12 points in 175:09.
Ryan Johansen: 13 points in 153:03.
Brandon Dubinsky: 7 points in 146:46.
R.J. Umberger: 12 points in 133:58.
Cam Atkinson: 8 points in 131:39.
The Blue Jackets were 3-7 this week and are now 40-206 (14). Umberger and David Savard each had a goal and an assist with Atkinson also scoring. Johnson had two assists while Johansen, Wisniewski and Nathan Horton chipped in with one apiece.
Jamie Benn: 11 points in 216:58 minutes of power play time.
Tyler Seguin: 16 points in 216:58.
Alex Chiasson: 8 points in 190:42.
Alex Goligoski: 8 points in 187:37.
Erik Cole: 6 points in 159:19.
Sergei Gonchar: 11 points in 146:31.
Dallas was 0-10 this week and are 31-215 (25) in 2013-14.
Niklas Kronwall: 19 points in 201:53 minutes of power play time.
Henrik Zetterberg: 17 points in 158:43.
Daniel Alfredsson: 14 points in 159:37.
Todd Bertuzzi: 5 points in 128:03.
Pavel Datsyuk: 11 points in 121:42.
Tomas Tatar: 5 points in 120:47.
Detroit was 2-5 this week and are now 36-211 (18) this season. Johan Franzen had a goal and an assist with Bertuzzi also finding the back of the net. Alfredsson had two assists with Kronwall assisting on one. Bertuzzi has five power play points, all goals.