The Golden Knights’ power play in the postseason was bad. Literally historically bad. It was one of 15 teams in the last 30 years to play at least 10 playoff games and register a power play percentage under 10%.
Looking back over the other 14 teams who went through horrific postseason power play slumps is a bit concerning for the future of the Golden Knights’ power play.
First, I’ll show the numbers, then we’ll dissect them.
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The Golden Knights entered the postseason with the 22nd best power play in the NHL at 17.8%. That 17.8% number isn’t far off from most of the others on the list with the average of the 15 teams coming in at 18.9%. Two other teams had an exact 17.8% PP while another four came into the playoffs hitting at a lesser percentage before their miserable postseason output.
What we are looking for here though is how the bad power play postseason impacted the following regular season and postseason behind it. A miserable 9 of the 14 teams saw their regular season power play decrease the following regular season. Also, of the eight teams to make the playoffs the next year, all but one saw a sharp decline in the playoffs from their regular season as well.
The good news is that every single team that posted a sub-10 percent power play in the playoffs rebounded to hit at at least 15.4% the following regular season and all but one saw an increase from the awful postseason to the next postseason.
Seeing five teams miss the playoffs after their disastrous PP postseason is a bit concerning and the overall power play average of the last 14 teams the next regular season is not exactly thrilling. The average power play of the 13 teams was just 18.2%.
If the Golden Knights post that number next year, they’ll once again find themselves in the bottom third of the NHL, a place they’ve been two of their four seasons. The best power play of the group came from the 2019-20 Hurricanes who backed up their 9.6% postseason number with a 22.3% power play the following regular season. That was good for 8th place in the NHL, but that Canes team posted a nightmarish 13.8% in the playoffs, 18th of the 24 teams to play in the playoffs that season.
All in all, there is hope that the power play will improve. In fact, it’s essentially guaranteed that it will increase over the 9.3% number from the playoffs. However, the Golden Knights suddenly becoming a power play beast is probably out of the picture, no matter how big of a focus it is this offseason.