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Ranking the combined special teams for all 30 teams

John Tavares, Jay Bouwmeester, Brian Elliott

John Tavares, Jay Bouwmeester, Brian Elliott


We wrote earlier today about how special teams have been “hurting” the Philadelphia Flyers, who have struggled on both the power play and penalty kill.

But what about the other 29 teams?

Well, here are all 30 teams, sorted by their combined PP and PK percentages.

Obviously, anything over 100 is good.

1New York Islanders120.9
2Montréal Canadiens112.3
3Washington Capitals112.0
4Boston Bruins110.3
5Vancouver Canucks110.0
6Nashville Predators108.7
7Winnipeg Jets107.7
8Dallas Stars107.6
9Chicago Blackhawks103.3
10Detroit Red Wings103.0
11New York Rangers102.2
12Edmonton Oilers101.4
13Los Angeles Kings101.1
14Florida Panthers101.1
15Pittsburgh Penguins100.0
16Anaheim Ducks99.1
17Colorado Avalanche99.1
18New Jersey Devils98.1
19Minnesota Wild97.6
20Tampa Bay Lightning96.4
21Arizona Coyotes94.5
22Buffalo Sabres94.1
23St. Louis Blues93.8
24San Jose Sharks92.5
25Calgary Flames91.6
26Carolina Hurricanes90.9
27Ottawa Senators89.0
28Philadelphia Flyers88.7
29Columbus Blue Jackets88.0
30Toronto Maple Leafs81.1

As you can, special teams are indeed hurting the Flyers. Only the Blue Jackets and Leafs have a lower combined rate.

Meanwhile, special teams have been a real boon for the Isles, Habs, Caps, Bruins and Canucks. The Isles have the top-ranked PK and the second-ranked PP.

You can also see a pretty clear relation to the standings. The top eight teams are all currently in a playoff spot, while the bottom six are not.