Kris Letang, Patric Hornqvist Returns Will Boost Struggling Penguins Power Play

December 12th, 2014 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »

The Pittsburgh Penguins kicked off the 2014-15 season with a power play that enjoyed literally unprecedented success.

Check out these numbers from the first four games of the season:

Date Opponent Power-Play Goals Power-Play Opportunities October 9 Anaheim Ducks 1 4 October 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 5 October 16 Dallas Stars 2 4 October 18 New York Islanders 2 4 At 8-for-17, Pittsburgh enjoyed a stunning efficiency rating of just over 47 percent—more than double the rate of 23.4 percent that tied them for top spot in the NHL in 2013-14.

Two of the catalysts for the Penguins' early-season success with the man advantage were defenseman Kris Letang and new acquisition Patric Hornqvist. Letang plays more than any other Penguin on the power play, averaging three minutes and 40 seconds of ice time per game, according to Eleven of his 18 points this season have come with the man advantage, including four assists in those first four games.

Hornqvist has 25 points already this season, of which 11 have also come on the power play. He tallied a goal and four assists with the man advan ...

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