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:
|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.