This article is part of our The Man Advantage series.
Another month, another record power-play stat.
At 29.7 percent heading into Sunday's games, the 2018-19 Lightning have the fourth-best power play in NHL history, trailing only Guy Lafleur's Canadiens in 1978 and Bryan Trottier's Islanders in 1978 and 1979. It is by far the highest mark in the cap era and more than 10 percent higher than the second-best team.
It goes beyond the 1-3-1, which is nothing revolutionary, but it's a tactic few teams have the ability to pull off because of its reliance on two shooters who have to be dangerous for it to work. Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos are 1-2 in power-play scoring, and it would be the first time since 2014 teammates took the top two spots when Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin did it for the Caps. Backstrom had just six power-play goals that season, which also speaks to how unstoppable Ovechkin is even though everyone knows he's going to shoot.
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Only three teams in the league have top-10 power plays but rank in the bottom 10 in goals scored at 5-on-5: Florida, Boston and Edmonton. That usually means your team is top heavy, with a few elite players making a huge difference on the power play but not having enough quality depth to account for all the other minutes the elite players don't play. Leon Draisaitl has already doubled last year's power-play total and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has the most power-play assists since his rookie season. A big test