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Sunday, October 28, 2021

special start
Picking up from last year, here’s the first edition of the Special Teams Index for this 2007-2008 National Hockey League regular season.

The low-down: Add together a team’s power-play percentage and penalty-kill percentage, and you get their Special Teams Index number. The bigger the number, the better the ranking. It’s a quick-and-dirty snapshot of how effective a club is on both sides of odd-man situations. PP and PK don’t completely determine success in the NHL, but their big factors, so this Index presents a composite statistical measure.

Unlike last year, I will not be cobbling this together every week. I’m kicking around doing it at the end of every month; or else, whenever I feel like it. We’ll see.

Of note in the early going: The Devils are uncharacteristically dead last in PK — is that 9-game season-opening road-trip the only reason?… The Canadiens have picked up right where they left off last season with the league’s top-ranked PP — along with a lower-ranking PK. That’s the same combo that kept them out of the playoff dance last year… The Blue Jackets are off to their best-ever start, and that No. 1 PK has everything to do with it.

STI Rank Team PP % (Rank) PK % (Rank) STI Number
1 New York Islanders 28.6 (2) 90.0 (2) 118.6
2 Columbus Blue Jackets 18.2 (16) 94.1 (1) 112.3
3 Montreal Canadiens 30.4 (1) 78.7 (25) 109.1
4 Dallas Stars 20.5 (9) 87.5 (8) 108.0
5 Ottawa Senators 17.4 (18) 89.4 (3) 106.8
6 Pittsburgh Penguins 23.2 (3) 83.3 (14) 106.5
7 Tampa Bay Lightning 22.5 (4) 83.8 (13) 106.3
8 San Jose Sharks 18.3 (15) 87.7 (7) 106.0
9 Florida Panthers 20.3 (10) 84.2 (12) 104.5
10 Detroit Red Wings 20.0 (12) 84.5 (10) 104.5
11 St. Louis Blues 14.0 (21) 88.9 (4) 102.9
12 Buffalo Sabres 19.6 (13) 83.0 (15) 102.6
13 Philadelphia Flyers 22.0 (6) 80.0 (17) 102.0
14 Los Angeles Kings 21.9 (7) 80.0 (18) 101.9
15 Colorado Avalanche 14.6 (20) 87.0 (9) 101.6
16 Vancouver Canucks 22.4 (5) 79.0 (22) 101.4
17 Minnesota Wild 12.8 (26) 88.5 (5) 101.3
18 New York Rangers 13.0 (24) 88.0 (6) 101.0
19 Boston Bruins 19.5 (14) 80.5 (16) 100.0
20 Chicago Blackhawks 20.0 (11) 77.6 (26) 97.6
21 Carolina Hurricanes 21.7 (8) 74.6 (28) 96.3
22 Toronto Maple Leafs 13.2 (23) 80.0 (19) 93.2
23 Washington Capitals 13.7 (22) 78.8 (24) 92.5
24 Calgary Flames 17.3 (19) 75.0 (27) 92.3
25 Nashville Predators 11.9 (27) 79.5 (21) 91.4
26 Edmonton Oilers 6.8 (30) 84.4 (11) 91.2
27 Anaheim Ducks 11.3 (28) 79.7 (20) 91.0
28 Phoenix Coyotes 9.3 (29) 78.9 (23) 88.2
29 New Jersey Devils 18.0 (17) 69.0 (30) 87.0
30 Atlanta Thrashers 12.8 (25) 71.0 (29) 83.8
by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/28/2007 01:05:09 PM
Category: Hockey
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