Special Teams Shine Again
A pleasant surprise for this Hurricanes team so far this season is the fact that both the power play and penalty kill have been solid. While the power play only converted on one of the opportunities tonight, it was the penalty kill that truly stole the show.
As I mentioned above, the power play converted on one chance (1/4) on the goal scored by Dougie Hamilton in the second period. Despite that, the power play looked solid all night. It featured many good looks, but they could only come up with one conversion. Even with that, it’s great to finally have a power play that can be lethal. That’s something we haven’t had in many years.
The penalty kill was outstanding. Despite many unnecessary penalties that gave Calgary every chance to get back into the game, the penalty kill stood strong and didn’t miss a beat. Just how good have they been? In the last 61 penalties the team has taken, they have successfully killed off 56 of those. Did I mention they scored two shorthanded goals today as well?
I want to give proper credit where credit is due. Assistant coach Dean Chynoweth took a lot of criticism last year for the power play that struggled mightily. This year, it seems he has found the perfect combinations on both the power play and penalty kill so that both can be highly effective, and that has provided a huge boost for this team overall.