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11-07-2013, 04:01 PM
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Special Teams correlation to Stanley Cups

Conclusions: For a team to have a chance to win Lord Stanley's Cup, they must be successful in the three areas of hockey, even-strength, power play and penalty kill. When it comes to special teams, there is a greater need to be good at penalty killing than on the power play. With the exceptions of the 2011-12 Boston Bruins and 2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes, none of the past 10 Stanley Cup winners ranked lower than 10th in regular season penalty kill percentage. On the other hand, several teams with a mediocre regular season power play percentage have been able to overcome the short-coming and have gone on to win it all. The extreme example is the 2002-03 New Jersey Devils whose power play ranked dead-last that season. When picking who will win this year, a team's penalty kill percentage may be one reliable indicator in helping you make your choice.

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