This article is part of our The Man Advantage series.
With less than 15 games to go in the regular season, it's time to admit it: power plays have gone wild this season. It has provided both historically good and historically bad power plays, with five teams in the top 10 and two teams in the bottom 10 in the cap era. Here's the rundown on which teams have been hot and cold with the man advantage.
Florida Panthers - Just imagine how dangerous the Panthers would be if they had a slightly better defense and more consistent goaltending. Entering Sunday, the Panthers have boasted the league's best power play the last two weeks, converting 7-of-21 chances. Their power play at 26.7 percent ranks third in the league, despite being the only team with a top-10 power play and fewer than 30 wins. They're also tied with the Lightning with three players in the top 10 in power-play points; Keith Yandle is second with 34, trailing only Nikita Kucherov, and Mike Hoffman and Jonathan Huberdeau are seventh and eighth, respectively. Hoffman has been a huge addition for the Panthers, scoring more than half his points (60) on the power play (31) and also shooting at a career-high 14.4 percent. The playoffs are out of reach – moneypuck.com gives them just a 0.52 percent chance of making it – but the Panthers power play should continue to roll, even though they face tough competition down the stretch.
St. Louis Blues - Just when it seemed like the Blues might