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Power Play Report

Washington comes up empty

by Matt Riegler
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

This is my first shot at The Power Play Report as I am taking over from Michael Finewax. I'll let you know everything you will need to know about the power play and feel free to tweet me if you have any questions.

 

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ANAHEIM

 

Cam Fowler: 1 point (a goal) in 14:13 of power play time

Sami Vatanen: no points in 12:58

Corey Perry: no points in 12:28

Ryan Getzlaf: 1 point in 12:13

 

Jakob Silfverberg: no points in 11:22

Ryan Kesler: 1 point in 10:05

 

 

The Ducks may have gone 1/12 on the power play during the first week of action, not scoring until Sunday night with a five-one-three, but we wouldn't be concerned. There's simply too much fire power to contain. Fowler's presence atop the leader board in time is surprising though, and perhaps offers a clue into how GM Bob Murray may try to fit Hampus Lindholm back onto the roster.

 

ARIZONA

 

Oliver Ekman-Larsson: no points in 8:30 of power play time

Alex Goligoski: 1 point in 7:07

Max Domi: no points in 5:56

Radim Vrbata: no points in 5:56

Christian Dvorak: 1 point in 3:28

 

Shane Doan: 1 point (goal) in 3:21

 

 

The Coyotes went 1/7 with 9:24 of total power play time in their first, and thus far only, game of the season. As expected, their top talent is seeing the majority share of the man advantage and will certainly improve in the second week of the season.

 

BOSTON

 

Torey Krug: no points in 8:00 of power play time

David Krejci: no points in 7:51

David Backes: no points in 7:28

 

Brad Marchand: 1 point in 4:02

 

David Pastrnak: 1 point (goal) in 4:01

 

John-Michael Liles: 1 point in 3:47

 

 

The Bruins went 1/6 in their first two games of man-advantage, seeing all but 11 seconds of the possible 12 minutes. Interesting to see Spooner and Miller see so much time off the bat, indicating that coach Claude Julien believes in the kids. Chara, in case you were wondering, was kept to a mere 13 seconds of power play time.

 

BUFFALO

 

Rasmus Ristolainen: 3 points in 12:10 of power play time

Sam Reinhart: 1 point in 11:25

 

Ryan O'Reilly: 2 points (a goal) in 11:13

 

 Matt Moulson: 2 points (both goals) in 9:40

 

 Tyler Ennis: no points in 7:13

 Kyle Okposo: 1 point in 5:50

 

 

The Sabres went 3/11 in their first week of action, and looked excellent doing so. Whatever you may think of them this season, replacing Ennis with Jack Eichel will do wonders for an already stout man-advantage.

 

CALGARY

 

Mark Giordano: no points in 12:38 of power play time

Dougie Hamilton: no points in 11:31

 

Johnny Gaudreau: no points in 10:59

Mikael Backlund: 1 point in 7:27

 

T.J. Brodie: 1 point in 6:34

 

Dennis Wideman: 1 point (goal) in 5:28

 

 

The Flames went 1/10 through their first three games of power play opportunities, amassing 19:15 of total man-advantage time. It shouldn't be surprising to see four defensemen in their top-six of PP time, as they've invested heavily in their blue line. Backlund will stay so long as he produces, but expect one of their younger stars to overtake him eventually. Oh, and Sean Monahan played 10:59 of PP time so don't fret.

 

 

CAROLINA

 

Justin Faulk: 2 points in 5:19 of power play time

Victor Rask: 1 point (goal) in 3:53

 

Sebastian Aho: 2 points in 3:13

 

Noah Hanifin: 1 point in 3:07

 

Jeff Skinner: 1 point in 2:50

 

Lee Stempniak: 1 point (goal) in 2:47

 

 

The Hurricanes went 3/6 on the power play during their first week of action, seeing a combined 9:39 in the process. Including Teuvo Teravainen (goal), these seven are probably make up the group that will be most counted on to convert the man-advantage this season. Which could be something pretty special.

 

CHICAGO

 

Patrick Kane: no points in 12:16 of power play time

Brent Seabrook: 1 point (goal) in 11:17

 

Duncan Keith: no points in 11:04

 

Jonathan Toews: no points in 8:57

Marian Hossa: 2 points in 6:07

 

Richard Panik: 2 points (both goals) in 4:48

 

 

For the Blackhawks, one of these is not like the others. But no one in that dressing room will complain so long as Panik remains productive with the man-advantage. Chicago went 3/11 over their first three games and tallied 16:54 of power play time. They also lead the league with six third-period power plays.

 

 

COLORADO

 

Nathan MacKinnon: 1 point in 3:02 of power play time

Gabriel Landeskog: no points in 2:57

 

Joe Colborne: 2 points (both goals) 2:53

 

Erik Johnson: 1 point in 2:52

 

Mikhail Grigorenko: 1 point in 1:45

 

Francois Beauchemin: 1 point in 1:11

 

 

The Avalanche played just once during the opening week of the season and went 2/3, with Colborne mashing in both tallies. His talent has never been in question, his ability to stay healthy has. So long as he keeps producing however, expect to see him in the home-plate area with the man-advantage.

 

 

COLUMBUS

 

Zach Werenski: 2 points (a goal) in 4:37 of power play time

Nick Foligno: 1 point in 3:37

 

Alexander Wennberg: 1 point in 3:37

 

Oliver Bjorkstrand: no points in 3:37

Cam Atkinson: 2 points (a goal) in 3:22

 

Scott Hartnell: no points in 2:41

 

 

The Blue Jackets went 2/5 in their first two games this season. Coach John Tortorella is many things, including someone who keeps going back to a well that produces. If Werenski keeps running train, expect to keep seeing him out there with the man-advantage. Bjorkstrand and Wennberg's presence on the power play is also encouraging, suggesting that Torts is amenable to letting Columbus' talented youth make their mark this season.

 

DALLAS

 

Jason Spezza: no points in 8:33 of power play time 

John Klingberg: 1 point in 8:19 

Jamie Benn: 2 points (a goal) in 7:52

Tyler Seguin: 2 points (a goal) in 7:52

 

Patrick Eaves: 1 point in 7:10

 

Patrick Sharp: no points in 5:12

 

 

The Stars went 2/8 over their first two games, amassing 13:16 of total power play time. Eaves' inclusion on the power play is a bit of a surprise as he doesn't have much of a scoring pedigree. Look for one of their youngsters, or veteran Jiri Hudler, to take over as the season progresses.

 

 

DETROIT

 

Thomas Vanek: 1 point (a goal) in 3:46 of power play time

Dylan Larkin: no points in 3:37

 

Gustav Nyquist: no points in 3:37

 

Justin Abdelkader: no points in 3:26

Henrik Zetterberg: 1 point in 3:04

 

Frans Nielsen: no points in 2:53

 

 

The Red Wings went 1/4 during their first two games of the season, totaling just 6:32 of power play time. This will be a lineup worth studying as the season evolves, especially to see which defenseman cracks the leader board in time.

 

EDMONTON

 

Connor McDavid: 2 points in 10:31 of power play time

Jordan Eberle: 1 point (goal) in 10:21

 

Leon Draisaitl: 2 points (a goal) in 9:33

 

Oscar Klefbom: no points in 8:49

 

Andrej Sekera: no points 8:34

Jesse Puljujarvi: 1 point (goal) in 5:28

 

 

 

The Oilers went 3/11 in the first week of game play with the man-advantage, and boy was it pretty to watch. This very well could be your top-six, in some order, all season long. Say what you will about Edmonton, but their power play could be good enough to vault them into a long-awaited playoff berth.

 

FLORIDA

 

Aaron Ekblad: no points in 5:28 of power play time

Jaromir Jagr: no points in 5:13

 

Keith Yandle: no points in 5:07

 

Vincent Trocheck: no points in 5:06

 

Reilly Smith: no points in 5:05

 

Aleksander Barkov: no points in 4:54

 

 

The Panthers went 0/5 over their first two games with the man-advantage. Not to worry, even with Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad out, Florida is loaded with enough fire power to make teams pay for taking liberties. Their power play may evolve into a unique one, as there appear to be more trigger-men than play-makers. If any chemistry develops in the early goings, expect coach Gerard Gallant to ride them.

 

LOS ANGELES

 

Drew Doughty: 1 point in 3:01 of power play time

Anze Kopitar: 1 point in 3:01

Jake Muzzin: no points in 3:01

 

Dustin Brown: no points in 2:27

 

Tyler Toffoli: 1 point (goal) in 2:22

 

Jeff Carter: no points in 2:22

 

 

The Kings only saw three power play chances over their first two games, and converted once. The usual suspects proliferate their top time earners, and it may stay that way. At least until Tanner Pearson and Marian Gaborik get up to speed.

 

 

MINNESOTA

 

Mikko Koivu: 1 point in 8:04 of power play time

Mikael Granlund: no points in 8:04

 

Jared Spurgeon: no points in 7:46

 

Matt Dumba: 1 point (goal) in 7:41

 

Ryan Suter: no points in 7:40

Chris Stewart: 1 point in 1:16

 

 

The Wild only managed to convert once in nine power play opportunities over their first two games. Though they're also a bit starved for offense, this can be one area where Minnesota shines considering how much talent they have on the ice and on the bench in Bruce Boudreau. Can a coach really jolt a power play? (Yes.)

 

 

MONTREAL

 

Shea Weber: no points in 8:16 of power play time

Andrei Markov: no points in 7:45

 

Max Pacioretty: no points in 6:02

 

Tomas Plekanec: 1 point in 3:36

 

Jeff Petry: 1 point (goal) in 2:10

 

Nathan Beaulieu: 1 point in 2:02

 

 

Well that's not quite the trio one would expect to have power play points in this list, but there they are. They went 1/6 in two games-worth of opportunities during the first week of action. It'll be interesting to see how Montreal doles out their man-advantage time, especially since Alexander Radulov hasn't seen a second yet. Don't be surprised if he, along with Pacioretty and the rest of their top scorers litter this list later in the season.

 

NASHVILLE

 

Filip Forsberg: 1 point in 6:50 of power play time.

Ryan Johansen: 3 points in 6:46

Roman Josi: 2 points (a goal) in 6:40

 

Mike Fisher: 2 points (a goal) in 5:28

 

P.K. Subban: 2 points (a goal) in 3:20

 

Mike Ribeiro: 1 point in 3:04

 

The Predators went a slick 4/8 over the Blackhawks in back-to-back games during the first week of action. While Nashville certainly won't keep up the torrid pace, this very well could be the leader board for the team by season's end. Which wouldn't be such a bad thing.

 

 

NEW JERSEY

 

Travis Zajac: no points in 6:07 of power play time

Adam Henrique: no points in 5:41

 

Kyle Palmieri: no points in 4:52

 

Taylor Hall: no points in 4:46

 

Damon Severson: no points in 4:13

 

Mike Cammalleri: no points in 3:17

 

 

The Devils went scoreless in five power plays during the first week. What stands out is that they received so few opportunities, but again, it was just the first week. Expect Cammalleri to rise up the leader board as the season continues, he missed half of last year due to injury.

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

 

Nick Leddy: no points in 9:35 of power play time

Ryan Strome: 1 point (a goal) in 9:34

 

John Tavares: no points in 8:54

 

Josh Bailey: no points in 8:17

Brock Nelson: 1 point in 7:17

 

Johnny Boychuk: 1 point in 5:46

 

 

The Islanders went 1/9 during their first week of game play, a rate that's sure to improve but the man-advantage could be a thorn in their side all season long. That is, of course, if some of their down-ballot players don't step up. Between Strome, Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal, et al., surely there's a couple of reliable performers to help boost New York.

 

NEW YORK RANGERS

 

Ryan McDonagh: no points in 6:50 of power play time

Chris Kreider: 1 point in 6:26

 

Brandon Pirri: 1 point (goal) in 5:47

 

Mika Zibanejad: 1 point in 5:38

 

Adam Clendening: no points in 5:19

 

Derek Stepan: no points in 4:50

 

 

The Rangers went just 1/7 during their first two games of the season, seeing just 11:34 of power play time. Points and quality of play will drive opportunity, so don't be surprised if coach Alain Vigneault rotates players through. Still, New York shouldn't suffer any prolonged power shortages with this roster.

 

OTTAWA

 

Erik Karlsson: no points in 7:47 of power play time

Mike Hoffman: no points in 7:28

 

Bobby Ryan: no points in 6:33

 

Mark Stone: no points in 4:49

 

Kyle Turris: no points in 3:37

 

Zack Smith: no points in 2:46

 

 

The Senators went scoreless during their first six power plays of the season, but there's nothing to be worried about with this roster. Their talent and continuity between seasons will assure consistent quality production.

 

PHILADELPHIA

 

Claude Giroux: no points in 8:18 of power play time

Wayne Simmonds: no points in 8:18

 

Shayne Gostisbehere: no points in 8:00

 

Nick Cousins: no points in 7:40

 

Jakub Voracek: no points in 7:33

 

Mark Streit: no points 3:34

 

The Flyers didn't score during their first six power play opportunities in the first week of action. What's interesting is how much time Cousins is getting, and how little Streit is getting. Maybe this is just early-season antics in an effort to give the youngster a long look, but with Michael Del Zotto out, this could also be for real.

 

 

PITTSBURGH

 

Kris Letang: 1 point in 5:04 of power play time

Phil Kessel: 1 point (goal) in 4:58

Nick Bonino: no points in 4:58

Patric Hornqvist: 2 points (a goal) in 4:50

Evgeni Malkin: 1 point in 4:47

 

Trevor Daley: no points in 1:30

 

 

The Penguins popped a pair of goals in their first five power play opportunities. Pittsburgh needed just 6:21 to get the job done, which matches their remarkable conversion rate. It won't continue, of course, but ride the wave if you can.

 

SAN JOSE

 

Joe Thornton: 1 point in 9:29 of power play time

Joe Pavelski: 1 point in 9:10

 

Logan Couture: 1 point (goal) in 8:46

 

Brent Burns: 1 point in 8:35

 

Patrick Marleau: 1 point (goal) in 7:57

 

Marc-Edouard Vlasic: 1 point in 7:25

 

The Sharks were deadly in the first week, going 2/8 with the man-advantage. San Jose only has a few other players who will see a sufficient amount of time on the power play, and it's entirely likely that this will be their top-six all season long.

 

 

ST. LOUIS

 

Alexander Steen: 1 point in 14:23 of power play time

Paul Stastny: 3 points (a goal) in 13:02

 

Vladimir Tarasenko: 3 points (a goal) in 12:57

 

Kevin Shattenkirk: 3 points in (a goal) 12:54

 

Alex Pietrangelo: 2 points (a goal) in 11:54

 

Colton Parayko: no points in 9:16

 

The Blues are tied for the most goals (four) and power play opportunities (13) through one week of action. St. Louis boasts one of the League's deadliest assortment of talent for the man-advantage, and will likely continue to make minced meat of their opponents foolish enough to foul them.

 

TAMPA BAY

 

Jonathan Drouin: 2 points (a goal) in 8:34 of power play time

Steven Stamkos: 1 point in 8:20

 

Tyler Johnson: 1 point (goal) in 7:16

 

Victor Hedman: 2 points in 6:28

 

Alex Killorn: 2 points (a goal) in 6:19

Ondrej Palat: 1 point in 6:19

 

My oh my, what an excellent playoff performance can do. Few could've seen Drouin as Tampa Bay's leader in anything, let along power play time, six months ago. Now he's helping to lead them to a hot start, 3/9, with the man-advantage in the first week of action. Expect this grouping to stay atop the leader board, in some order, most of the season.

 

TORONTO

 

Auston Matthews: no points in 8:12 of power play time

Nikita Zaitsev: no points in 8:12

 

Mitch Marner: no points in 8:03

 

Jake Gardiner: no points in 7:36

 

William Nylander: no points in 7:28

 

Tyler Bozak: no points in 7:15

 

For all the excitement in Maple Leaf-land, they went 0/8 with the man-advantage.  That obviously won't continue, and they have the tools to be a sneaky-great power play club. But we'd hedge our bets with a roster with so many rookies, uber-talented as they may be.

 

VANCOUVER

 

Henrik Sedin: no points in 7:03 of power play time

Daniel Sedin: no points in 6:45

 

Brandon Sutter: no points in 6:35

 

Dan Hamhuis: no points in 5:40

 

Alex Edler: no points in 4:38

 

Sven Baertschi: no points in 4:21

 

The Canucks unfortunately don't have much of a power play threat outside of the Sedin brothers, which is a shame given their elite talent level. Vancouver went 0/6 during the first week of action. It'll turn around eventually, but they'll need to acquire more opportunities per game.

 

WASHINGTON

 

Alex Ovechkin: no points in 12:37 of power play time

John Carlson: no points in 9:35

 

Nicklas Backstrom: no points in 8:33

 

T.J. Oshie: no points in 8:18

 

Marcus Johansson: no points in 8:16

 

Andre Burakovsky: no points in 6:35

 

Some how, some way the Capitals were unable to light the lamp in eight power play opportunities. But that's no reason for concern, these things happen. The one player to keep an eye on is Burakovsky, who is loaded with talent and has a team aching to support him.

 

 

WINNIPEG

 

Dustin Byfuglien: no points in 10:40 of power play time

Nikolaj Ehlers: no points in 9:37

Blake Wheeler: no points in 9:36

Patrik Laine: 1 point (goal) in 5:08

Kyle Connor: 1 point in 4:57

 

Toby Enstrom: 1 point in 2:55

 

Well it didn't take long for Laine to deliver for the Jets, who went just 1/8 during the first week. What's interesting is that Enstrom leads Winnipeg defensemen in time outside of Byfuglien, with Tyler Myers trailing behind by 65 seconds. Who should be the other pointman? Perhaps coach Paul Maurice doesn't think they need one if Byfuglien is going to double-shift.