Who Has the Special Teams Advantage in Each 1st Round NHL Playoff Series?

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Who Has the Special Teams Advantage in Each 1st Round NHL Playoff Series?
Gene J. Puskar

How many playoff teams advance every year thanks to a key penalty kill or a timely power-play goal? The advantage a team secures in this game-within-the-game is often the difference-maker in an otherwise evenly-matched series. Who has the special teams advantage in this year's first round matchups?

Analytics can help answer that question. By looking at the topic from more than one angle, teams with very different styles can be compared.

This study uses the various percentages as well as both goal-based and shot-based data, each of which has been adjusted to a per-minute basis. The factors involved in these comparisons include:

  • Power-play and penalty-killing percentages
  • Goals-for and Goals-against average
  • Shots attempted and/or allowed per two minutes
  • Shooting and save percentages

Using these additional perspectives can shed some light on which teams were most effective this season on special teams. Let's begin!

 

All advanced statistics are via Extra Skater unless otherwise noted.

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