The New Jersey Devils had the 21st best power play in the NHL last season and was assumed that they would not be nearly as good this season as Ilya Kovalchuk, possibly the top power play player in the NHL and certainly the one who averaged the most ice time with the man-advantage, quit and went back to the KHL.
But the Devils added Jaromir Jagr in the off-season and promoted an offensive defenseman from the minors in Eric Gelinas and of a sudden they have scored on 39 of 189 opportunities which is ninth best in the NHL after going 28 for 176 in 2012-13.
Quite a difference.
I’ve added the ranking of each team in brackets as far as power play efficiency is concerned.
Corey Perry: 14 points in 212:55 minutes of power play time.
Cam Fowler: 15 points in 205:34.
Ryan Getzlaf: 18 points in 204:52.
Nick Bonino: 19 points in 168:40.
Teemu Selanne: 8 points in 121:38.
Hampus Lindholm: 2 points in 114:08.
Anaheim was 0-6 on the power play this week and are now 37-210 (17) this season.
David Krejci: 17 points in 165:39 minutes of power play time.
Jarome Iginla: 13 points in 161:23.
Torey Krug: 18 points in 161:14.
Zdeno Chara: 13 points in 149:53.
Milan Lucic: 12 points in 148:46.
Patrice Bergeron: 5 points in 118:51.
Boston was 3-9 on the power play this week and are now 37-176 (T6) this season. Lucic had a goal and an assist with Chara and Bergeron also scoring. Krug had two assists with Reilly Smith, Iginla and Dougie Hamilton chipping in with one apiece.
Christian Ehrhoff: 10 points in 208:04 minutes of power play time.
Tyler Ennis: 11 points in 196:38.
Matt Moulson: 16 points in 174:59.
Cody Hodgson: 15 points in 161:39.
Jamie McBain: 3 points in 137:14.
Tyler Myers: 9 points in 136:41.
The Sabres were 3-10 this week and are 29-194 (23) this season. Ehrhoff was in on all goals with a goal and two assists. Hodgson and Myers each had a goal and an assist, while Drew Stafford picked up a helper.
Jiri Hudler: 11 points in 204:48 minutes of power play time.
Mark Giordano: 12 points in 151:08.
Kris Russell: 7 points in 140:45.
Dennis Wideman: 4 points in 140:27.
Michael Cammalleri: 6 points in 138:25.
T.J. Brodie: 6 points in 110:15.
The Flames were 0-7, putting them at 26-189 (28) this season.
Eric Staal: 11 points in 213:08 minutes of power play time.
Alexander Semin: 8 points in 168:54.
Jeff Skinner: 17 points in 163:59.
Andrej Sekera: 13 points in 157:46.
Justin Faulk: 6 points in 142:33.
Nathan Gerbe: 7 points in 136:04.
The Hurricanes were 0-19 this week and are now 28-216 in 2013-14 (29).
Patrick Kane: 23 points in 203:33 minutes of power play time.
Patrick Sharp: 19 points in 200:33.
Jonathan Toews: 11 points in 194:58.
Duncan Keith: 18 points in 191:56.
Andrew Shaw: 8 points in 151:31.
Nick Leddy: 8 points in 127:20.
The Blackhawks were 0-6 this week and are now 42-196 (T3) this season.
Matt Duchene: 15 points in 159:10 minutes of power play time.
Erik Johnson: 9 points in 156:02.
Ryan O'Reilly: 16 points in 154:52.
Gabriel Landeskog: 8 points in 148:25.
Andre Benoit: 8 points in 147:34.
Nathan MacKinnon: 15 points in 139:32.
Colorado was 6-13 this week and are 39-187 this season which is 8th best in the NHL. O’Reilly had a big week with a goal and three assists with Jamie McGinn and Nick Holden getting a goal and an assist each. Parenteau, Landeskog and Benoit completed the scoring. Duchene had three assists and rookie sensation MacKinnon set up two. Paul Stastny and Tyson Barrie finished the scoring as each had an assist.
James Wisniewski: 20 points in 185:07 minutes of power play time.
Jack Johnson: 12 points in 175:09.
Ryan Johansen: 13 points in 153:03.
Brandon Dubinsky: 7 points in 146:46.
R.J. Umberger: 12 points in 133:58.
Cam Atkinson: 8 points in 131:39.
The Blue Jackets were 3-7 this week and are now 40-206 (14). Umberger and David Savard each had a goal and an assist with Atkinson also scoring. Johnson had two assists while Johansen, Wisniewski and Nathan Horton chipped in with one apiece.
Jamie Benn: 11 points in 216:58 minutes of power play time.
Tyler Seguin: 16 points in 216:58.
Alex Chiasson: 8 points in 190:42.
Alex Goligoski: 8 points in 187:37.
Erik Cole: 6 points in 159:19.
Sergei Gonchar: 11 points in 146:31.
Dallas was 0-10 this week and are 31-215 (25) in 2013-14.
Niklas Kronwall: 19 points in 201:53 minutes of power play time.
Henrik Zetterberg: 17 points in 158:43.
Daniel Alfredsson: 14 points in 159:37.
Todd Bertuzzi: 5 points in 128:03.
Pavel Datsyuk: 11 points in 121:42.
Tomas Tatar: 5 points in 120:47.
Detroit was 2-5 this week and are now 36-211 (18) this season. Johan Franzen had a goal and an assist with Bertuzzi also finding the back of the net. Alfredsson had two assists with Kronwall assisting on one. Bertuzzi has five power play points, all goals.
Jordan Eberle: 15 points in 199:44 minutes of power play time.
Justin Schultz: 8 points in 194:39.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: 16 points in 191:20.
Taylor Hall: 12 points in 183:11.
David Perron: 9 points in 176:52.
Sam Gagner: 5 points in 133:48.
Edmonton was 0-6 with the man advantage this week and are now 35-213 (22) this season.
Brian Campbell: 10 points in 257:29 minutes of power play time.
Tomas Fleischmann: 6 points in 156:18.
Brad Boyes: 2 points in 144:21.
Aleksander Barkov: 6 points in 144:06.
Tom Gilbert: 5 points in 134:46.
Dmitry Kulikov: 2 points in 133:55.
The Panthers were 2-14 this week and are now 19-204 (30). Drew Shore and Scottie Upshall scored with Kulikov, Campbell and Ed Jovanovski assisting.
Drew Doughty: 14 points in 243:30 minutes of power play time.
Anze Kopitar: 16 points in 214:49.
Mike Richards: 11 points in 196:36.
Jeff Carter: 9 points in 170:13.
Slava Voynov: 9 points in 169:38.
Justin Williams: 7 points in 153:56.
The Kings were 2-9 this week and are 31-222 (26) this season. Kopitar and Alec Martinez potted the goals with Carter, Williams, Dustin Brown and Tyler Toffoli assisting.
Ryan Suter: 13 points in 233:35 minutes of power play time.
Jason Pominville: 13 points in 215:55.
Dany Heatley: 10 points in 163:46.
Mikko Koivu: 13 points in 157:41.
Zach Parise: 16 points in 155:34.
Mikael Granlund: 9 points in 129:38.
Minnesota was 1-5 this week and are now 35-191 (16) so far this season. Parise scored with Pominville and Granlund drawing the assists.
P.K. Subban: 21 points in 271:34 minutes of power play time.
Andrei Markov: 19 points in 249:24.
Brendan Gallagher: 8 points in 155:22.
Max Pacioretty: 15 points in 144:28.
David Desharnais: 13 points in 139:32.
Tomas Plekanec: 9 points in 113:47.
The Canadiens were 4-11 this week and are 41-205 (12) this season. Pacioretty scored a pair while Subban had a goal and an assist and Daniel Briere had one. Markov assisted on three goals while Desharnais had a pair. Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk each had an assist.
Shea Weber: 21 points in 185:41 minutes of power play time.
David Legwand: 16 points in 179:34.
Patric Hornqvist: 13 points in 170:11.
Roman Josi: 11 points in 162:59.
Mike Fisher: 11 points in 149:57.
Seth Jones: 8 points in 126:25.
Nashville was 3-10 this week and are now 39-186 in 2013-14 (T6). Josi, Hornqvist and Matt Cullen were the goal scorers with Weber chipping in with two assists. Fisher, Craig Smith and Ryan Ellis also assisted.
Jaromir Jagr: 14 points in 184:28 minutes of power play time.
Marek Zidlicky: 14 points in 183:28.
Michael Ryder: 7 points in 159:10.
Travis Zajac: 10 points in 154:37.
Andy Greene: 12 points in 149:57.
Adam Henrique: 12 points in 126:25.
The Devils were 6-15 this week and are now 39-189 (9) this season. Henrique had a pair of goals with one assist with Eric Gelinas scoring once and adding a pair of assists. Ryane Clowe, Zidlicky and Jaromir Jagr all had one of each with Patrik Elias assisting on three. Ryder and Jonathan Merrill also had one assist apiece.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Kyle Okposo: 13 points in 247:36 minutes of power play time.
John Tavares: 25 points in 241:09.
Thomas Vanek: 16 points in 235:44.
Frans Nielsen: 18 points in 217:18.
Andrew MacDonald: 11 points in 206:11.
Josh Bailey: 3 points in 97:49.
The Islanders were 2-13 this week and are 36-218 (21) this season. Rookie Anders Lee scored with Vanek also finding the back of the net. Lubomir Visnovsky, Bailey, Calvin De Haan and Nielsen drew assists.
NEW YORK RANGERS
Brad Richards: 16 points in 234:44 minutes of power play time.
Ryan McDonagh: 11 points in 176:17.
Derek Stepan: 14 points in 169:32.
Mats Zuccarello: 15 points in 154:10.
Derick Brassard: 16 points in 151:03.
Chris Kreider: 12 points in 131:17.
The Rangers were 2-8 this week and are 41-202 (11) this season. Brassard and McDonagh scored. Richards, Kreider and Stepan each had a helper.
Erik Karlsson: 26 points in 258:11 minutes of power play time.
Jason Spezza: 16 points in 177:31.
Bobby Ryan: 9 points in 161:44.
Clarke MacArthur: 13 points in 161:41.
Kyle Turris: 10 points in 150:06.
Milan Michalek: 6 points in 126:49.
The Senators were 1-9 this week and are now 39-206 (15). Karlsson was the goal scorer with MacArthur picking up the only assist.
Claude Giroux: 26 points in 235:17 minutes of power play time.
Jakub Voracek: 16 points in 212:18.
Wayne Simmonds: 17 points in 207:17.
Kimmo Timonen: 16 points in 199:49.
Scott Hartnell: 16 points in 189:46.
Mark Streit: 12 points in 177:23.
Philadelphia was 3-13 with the man advantage and are now 45-227 (13) this season. Giroux and Voracek had a goal and an assist while Simmonds finished the scoring. Timonen had three assist with Brayden Schenn picking up one.
Keith Yandle: 23 points in 256:08 minutes of power play time.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson: 15 points in 242:20.
Mike Ribeiro: 13 points in 214:20.
Radim Vrbata: 18 points in 170:44.
Martin Hanzal: 12 points in 162:55.
Antoine Vermette: 11 points in 143:13.
The Coyotes were 3-13 this week and are now 44-214 (T9) this season. Shane Doan scored twice with Hanzal scoring the other. Ekman-Larsson had two assists and Yandle, Ribeiro, David Schlemko and Mikael Boedker had one apiece.
Sidney Crosby: 29 points in 251:16 minutes of power play time.
Chris Kunitz: 20 points in 214:43.
Evgeni Malkin: 22 points in 214:41.
Matt Niskanen: 12 points in 148:07.
James Neal: 18 points in 146:46.
Kris Letang: 11 points in 129:29.
Pittsburgh was 2-11 and are now 50-200 (1) this season. Crosby and Olli Maatta each scored with Malkin, Niskanen, Brandon Sutter and Jussi Jokinen getting one assist each.
Kevin Shattenkirk: 21 points in 194:14 minutes of power play time.
Alex Pietrangelo: 16 points in 174:58.
T.J. Oshie: 12 points in 163:48.
Alexander Steen: 11 points in 161:43.
David Backes: 13 points in 144:13.
Derek Roy: 16 points in 139:47.
The Blues were 1-9 this week and are now 46-216 (5) this season. Shattenkirk was the lone goal scorer as he was set up by Steen and Jaden Schwartz.
Joe Thornton: 16 points in 229:54 minutes of power play time.
Patrick Marleau: 17 points in 225:00.
Joe Pavelski: 22 points in 215:17.
Dan Boyle: 14 points in 198:41.
Logan Couture: 11 points in 169:38.
Jason Demers: 9 points in 115:18.
San Jose was 1-8 this week and are 38-223 (T19) this season. Pavelski scored and was set up by Marleau and Boyle.
Martin St. Louis: 17 points in 209:50 minutes of power play time.
Teddy Purcell: 14 points in 202:09.
Valtteri Filppula: 13 points in 172:31.
Tyler Johnson: 8 points in 166:08.
Victor Hedman: 7 points in 119:18.
Alex Killorn: 6 points in 116:42.
The Lightning were 1-7 this week to bring them to 33-194 (T19) in 2013-14. St. Louis scored as Purcell and Nikita Kucherov set him up. They could have Steve Stamkos back this week although we have been saying this for over a month.
Dion Phaneuf: 9 points in 208:17 minutes of power play time.
Phil Kessel: 19 points in 203:30.
James van Riemsdyk: 15 points in 199:07.
Cody Franson: 17 points 186:50.
Nazem Kadri: 13 points in 140:43.
Joffrey Lupul: 10 points in 134:51.
The Maple Leafs were 0-7 this week and are 42-196 (T3) in 2013-14.
Daniel Sedin: 15 points in 235:06 minutes of power play time.
Ryan Kesler: 14 points in 225:52.
Henrik Sedin: 15 points in 197:06.
Jason Garrison: 13 points in 190:12.
Dan Hamhuis: 3 points in 140:13.
Alexander Edler: 6 points in 127:13.
The Canucks were 1-9 this week and are now 28-202 (27). Garrison scored with Hamhuis and Jannik Hansen drawing assists.
Alex Ovechkin: 30 points in 305:20 minutes of power play time.
Nicklas Backstrom: 33 points in 238:14.
Troy Brouwer: 15 points in 221:25.
John Carlson: 12 points in 197:06.
Marcus Johansson: 18 points in 190:37.
Mike Green: 13 points in 167:12.
The Capitals were 4-14 in the last seven days and are now 51-231 (2) this season. Ovechkin had two goals and an assist with Brouwer scoring twice as well. Carlson had two helpers while Backstrom, Joel Ward, Johansson and Brooks Laich each getting one.
Tobias Enstrom: 7 points in 216:16 minutes of power play time.
Dustin Byfuglien: 20 points in 214:02.
Andrew Ladd: 9 points in 165:55.
Bryan Little: 10 points in 164:58.
Blake Wheeler: 12 points in 163:18.
Mark Scheifele: 4 points in 122:29.
The Jets were 1-5 this week and are now 29-199 (24) this season. Little scored unassisted.