2. Can the Winnipeg Jets Powerplay Find Their Form?
The Jets finished the first month of the season with a powerplay success rate of 13.8% which is the seventh-worst rate in the NHL.
So far this season the Jets have scored a total of four goals on a total of 30 powerplay opportunities. 30 powerplay opportunities also ranks the Jets in the middle of the NHL when it comes to the number of times a team has had a man advantage.
Most people would not find the Jets’ early season powerplay struggles as a surprise considering the Jets’ special teams are under new coaching.
But these struggles are not just on the powerplay alone. The Jets have struggled to score goals in general. Winnipeg has only averaged 2.89 goals per game, which is 25th best in the NHL
It will be interesting to watch over the next month if and how the Jets adjust their powerplay and if those adjustments provide any success for the Jets.
Being successful on special teams may be the difference in winning or losing a game and those points could make the difference in making or missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
It is interesting to note that four out of the past five Stanley Cup winners have finished with a top-10 powerplay at the end of the regular season.