Last Monday, I looked back at the best power-plays of the last 45 or so years, and it turned out to be dominated by teams from the mid-to-late-1970s. While I'm as big a fan of the WHA days as anyone else, I thought it might be more interesting to look at top power-plays of more recent vintages. Again, adjusting for the league-wide PP average:
|2002-03||Detroit Red Wings||23.82||44.98|
|1998-99||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||21.96||38.9|
|2000-01||New Jersey Devils||22.9||37.62|
|1996-97||New York Rangers||21.95||34.91|
|2008-09||Detroit Red Wings||25.5||34.56|
(I excluded the strike-shortened 1994-95 season - Chicago, Detroit and Quebec all cracked the top 10, but the 48-game season allowed teams to reach extremes they otherwise couldn't.) Overall, this is a very good group of teams - most of them finished first in their respective divisions. Though none won the Stanley Cup, two were cup finalists, and two others made it to the semi-finals.
My vote for the best PP actually goes to the #2 team, the 1995-96 Penguins. The Pens spread the power-play point work around a bit, but Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis combined for 184 power-play points. Lemieux, in particular, was on the ice for 102 of Pittsburgh's 109 power-play goals, the best percentage-wise showing of his career.