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Stars special teams watch

The overall results have been up and down for the Dallas Stars so far this season, but their special teams have been trending up. Way up.

After Friday’s game, in which the power play went 2-3 and the penalty kill was 2-2, the Stars had the NHL’s top ranked power play (32.4 percent) and second ranked penalty kill (92.1 percent).

Add up the PP and PK percentages and you get 124.5. That’s way ahead of the target of 105 that Stars coach Ken Hitchcock likes to set for special teams. That combined PP & PK percentages of 124.5 is also tops in the NHL by a wide margin.

Obviously, an eleven-game stretch is a small sample and special teams will have their ups and downs over the course of the long season, but it is an impressive start for the Dallas power play and penalty kill.

Here’s a look at the combined power play and penalty kill percentages of the 31 NHL teams through Friday’s games.

RK Team PP% PK% Total
1 Dallas Stars 32.4 92.1 124.5
2 Toronto Maple Leafs 28.2 85.7 113.9
3 Tampa Bay Lightning 31.1 82.6 113.7
4 Nashville Predators 25.0 87.5 112.5
5 San Jose Sharks 21.6 89.5 111.1
6 Boston Bruins 28.1 82.4 110.5
7 Los Angeles Kings 15.6 92.3 107.9
8 Pittsburgh Penguins 27.3 80.4 107.7
9 Ottawa Senators 17.4 90.0 107.4
10 Minnesota Wild 24.0 80.0 104.0
11 New Jersey Devils 23.7 79.6 103.3
12 Vegas Golden Knights 15.4 86.2 101.6
13 Vancouver Canucks 15.2 84.2 99.4
14 Chicago Blackhawks 14.0 84.8 98.8
15 Columbus Blue Jackets 10.7 88.0 98.7
16 Detroit Red Wings 15.0 83.0 98.0
17 Philadelphia Flyers 19.5 78.4 97.9
18 Washington Capitals 22.9 73.3 96.2
19 Carolina Hurricanes 15.6 80.0 95.6
20 New York Rangers 18.6 76.9 95.5
21 Buffalo Sabres 13.5 81.1 94.6
22 St. Louis Blues 18.4 75.6 94.0
23 Colorado Avalanche 14.0 78.0 92.0
24 Winnipeg Jets 12.9 78.8 91.7
25 Calgary Flames 15.0 76.6 91.6
26 Florida Panthers 18.9 72.2 91.1
27 Montreal Canadiens 12.2 78.8 91.0
28 Arizona Coyotes 16.7 74.1 90.8
29 Anaheim Ducks 6.5 84.1 90.6
30 New York Islanders 6.1 80.6 86.7
31 Edmonton Oilers 13.8 70.3 84.1
  League Average 18.4 81.5 99.9