Coyotes Suckology 101: Special Teams

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There are a lot of reasons why we've eaten it since the all-star break. We saw it in that horrible loss to Buffalo and then again in the loss to the Islanders. It would be easy to attach simple platitudes such as Buffalo just wanted it more or they were playing like a playoff team, but we just beat the Bruins the night before. Then with the Isles we were launching the puck on net left and right but just couldn't put it in the net until it was too late. The biggest problem is that we have been absolutely terrible in every way on special teams. Our power play looks like it's actually at a disadvantage out there. We look better at even strength than with the extra man. Coyotes fans joke about declining the penalty, but sometimes I actually wish they would. Against the Isles we had a couple 5 on 3 power plays and could hardly get the puck in our own zone. It's just gotten silly. I've broken down our stats into how effective the PP and PK are by combining the number of sucessful kills and power plays and coming up with the % that we do what we needed to. Here's a look...

 

              Team                      Conv.          PP/PK       %Conv.

Philadelphia

318

570

55.8%

Washington

325

599

54.3%

Anaheim

307

566

54.2%

Minnesota

254

485

52.4%

Calgary

299

572

52.3%

St. Louis

293

562

52.1%

Buffalo

292

562

52.0%

San Jose

275

532

51.7%

Boston

256

497

51.5%

New Jersey

253

493

51.3%

NY Islanders

275

538

51.1%

Detroit

285

559

51.0%

Chicago

274

539

50.8%

Nashville

279

549

50.8%

Tampa Bay

302

600

50.3%

Ottawa

269

535

50.3%

Los Angeles

287

573

50.1%

Montreal

296

591

50.1%

NY Rangers

263

526

50.0%

Florida

255

512

49.8%

Vancouver

279

566

49.3%

Atlanta

262

544

48.2%

Colorado

241

510

47.3%

Pittsburgh

260

551

47.2%

Columbus

257

546

47.1%

Dallas

251

539

46.6%

Toronto

241

518

46.5%

Edmonton

258

562

45.9%

Carolina

249

556

44.8%

Phoenix

224

506

44.3%

Looking at that list you can see how the majority of the teams in the bottom 14 are the teams that are in the bottom 14 of the standings. There are a few oddities such as the Ducks, Blues and Wild being so good on special teams but being outside the playoffs at the moment. Also Carolina is currently in the 6 spot out East, but it's certainly not because of their special teams as they rank 29th. SPecial teams haven't been our only problem by far, but it's a large piece of why we haven't been able to buy a game lately. especially when the opposition is giving you 6 to 8 chances a game lately and you're ocming up empty. It's definitely something to look at in the offseason and to consider if anyone on the coaching staff know how to create an effective Power Play or PK unit. The first step? Take Jovanovski off of the Power Play. he was just brutal. giving the puck away right after they entered the zone, passes to the other team. he's been ugly out there.

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