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Special Teams in the Playoffs

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:

Collectively, the eight teams remaining in the playoff hunt are converting only 15.45 per cent of their power-play opportunities, down from the 18 per cent overall success rate managed by teams in the regular season.

Vancouver had the top power play in the NHL this season, at 24.3 per cent. In the playoffs, the Canucks are chugging along at 16.7 per cent. San Jose was second in the regular season (23.5 per cent). In the playoffs, they’re down to 11.8 per cent. Washington wasn’t as good as it has been in the past with the man advantage this year (a middle-of-the-pack 17.5 per cent), but have been far worse in the playoffs (11.1 per cent).

So do special teams really matter? And more importantly, why are power play percentages across the board are so grim in these playoffs?

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