Which NHL teams have been the most effective at killing penalties this year? According to the underlying numbers, it isn't at all who you think it is. In fact, you might even have it completely backward.
This early in the season, too much emphasis can be placed on what amounts to be a few lucky bounces, which is why a look at pure penalty-killing percentage can be very deceiving.
It's far better to look at who is actually preventing the opponents from gaining the zone, controlling the play and creating opportunities for themselves. In other words, which teams are suppressing the shots.
The results are consequently quite shocking. Teams with high penalty-killing percentages are ranked far lower than expected, while some units generally considered to be dogs are actually near the top.
Where does your team rank? Probably not at all where you'd suspect.
All statistics are based on four-on-five shorthanded situations only. Attempted shots and save percentage are from Extra Skater, penalty-killing percentage is from NHL.com, and all other advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted.