An explosive power play can make up for a lot of weaknesses.
A team that can score regularly with the man advantage will give a team a certain sense of security in a close game. When a team knows that it can move the puck around swiftly and create scoring opportunities with the man advantage, it gains a significant edge.
The San Jose Sharks have come rolling out of the gate, winning their first five games of the season and leading the NHL in power-play proficiency.
The power play is a big reason for their success, as they have moved the puck swiftly and efficiently on a game-to-game basis.
The unit's confidence is palpable, and the production is notable.
With that in mind, here is a look at the eight teams with the best power plays in the NHL.