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About those special teams...


After watching the Hawks blunder through another set of power plays, I wondered how their special teams stacked up against Stanley Cup winners past. Going back to 1970, only two Cup winners entered the playoffs with a worse PP% than the 2011-12 Hawks: Both New Jersey teams from 2003 and 1995, at 11.88% and 13.41% respectively.

It gets worse when considering the play of special teams overall. Only five champions finished with an overall negative PP/PK differential in the regular season:

Year Team PP% PK% Differential
2009 Pittsburgh Penguins (EC) 17.22 82.71 -0.07
2003 New Jersey Devils (EC) 11.88 87.88 -0.24
2006 Carolina Hurricanes (EC) 17.89 81.80 -0.31
2011 Boston Bruins (EC) 16.17 82.64 -1.19
1995 New Jersey Devils (EC) 13.41 81.21 -5.38

The Hawks, entering last night's game with NJD, were at -5.66.

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