Winning the battle on power plays is supposed to give an NHL team a big edge over the course of a season.
As NHL teams approach the 25 percent mark of their schedule in this shortened season—12 games—there is still a long time to turn things around.
However, patterns have been established, and teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues have already asserted themselves with the man advantage.
Interestingly, teams like the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Los Angeles Kings are at, or near, the bottom of the power play rankings. The Bruins are off to a stellar start overall, though, and the Rangers were the preseason Stanley Cup favorites.
Still, those teams could become much more formidable if they could show some improvement on the power play.
Here's a power ranking of the eight best power play teams in the league so far in 2013.