CBJ Power Rankings pres. by YP: Dec. 30

Monday, 12.30.2013 / 7:00 AM / News
By BlueJackets.com Staff

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EDITOR'S NOTE: You've arrived at the CBJ Power Rankings, our weekly breakdown of the top-five players, statistics, trends and many other Blue Jackets-related categories. If you're looking for the traditional power rankings, you've come to the wrong place. We'll go in-depth and outside the box, and hopefully give you something to think about.

For this week's rankings, we're taking a look at the five best home-ice penalty killing units in the Eastern Conference. Every coach in the NHL wants his team to win the special teams battle in every game, and there's added emphasis on both specialty units on a nightly basis. Home ice success is also a huge factor in overall success, so why not break down a statistical category that includes a little of both? 

One final note: these statistics were compiled and placed in our Power Rankings as of Dec. 29 - they do NOT include Sunday's games in the percentages. 

We're ready, but are YOU ready? Let's get it started. 



PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
HOME ICE PK %: 92.3 
STANDING: FIRST PLACE (METRO)




The Penguins have a comfortable lead in the Metropolitan Division but also, a sizeable lead in the not-so-fortunate category of man games lost due to injury. You'd be hard-pressed to find a team that's been dealt so many significant injuries over the past few seasons, but the Penguins find a way to keep rolling along. 

In the absence of players like Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Kris Letang and others, the Penguins have won games in large part due to a committed, focused effort on the defensive side of the game. They've scaled back on the penalties committed and aren't puttnig themselves in a vulnerable position, which goes a long way toward making sure you don't beat yourself. But when their penalty killing unit has been called upon, it has delivered - and especially so at CONSOL Energy Center where they've killed off nearly 93 percent of opposition power plays. 


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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