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.
|2||Toronto Maple Leafs||28.2||85.7||113.9|
|3||Tampa Bay Lightning||31.1||82.6||113.7|
|5||San Jose Sharks||21.6||89.5||111.1|
|7||Los Angeles Kings||15.6||92.3||107.9|
|11||New Jersey Devils||23.7||79.6||103.3|
|12||Vegas Golden Knights||15.4||86.2||101.6|
|15||Columbus Blue Jackets||10.7||88.0||98.7|
|16||Detroit Red Wings||15.0||83.0||98.0|
|20||New York Rangers||18.6||76.9||95.5|
|22||St. Louis Blues||18.4||75.6||94.0|
|30||New York Islanders||6.1||80.6||86.7|