It may be the last time it happens this NHL season. Every single player from each of the two remaining teams, sitting and chatting, spirits high because the possibility of a Stanley Cup still lingers in the air for everyone.
The NHL’s annual Stanley Cup finals media day provided a great opportunity to test statistical theories with some of the players from the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers, or to have them explain some of the reasons for interesting statistics that have emerged so far in the playoffs ...
21.6: Rangers' power-play percentage since going eight games in the middle of the playoffs without a power-play goal
There are a few reasons why the Rangers power play went from being a liability to one of the reasons New York beat the Montreal Canadiens. For one, the team is doing a better job of finding opportunities to get the puck on net.
“A lot of times when our power play isn’t successful, we’re just looking for passing lanes and looking to move the puck to someone else as opposed to getting the puck down towards the net, ultimately where chances are going to be created,” said defenseman Ryan McDonagh. “We try to move the puck two or three times maybe, and then look to get it down towards the net.”
McDonagh also saw an uptick in New York’s compete level on the power play, which helped create second and third chances.
“When you get more than one or two, that’s when you find the goals,” he said. “It’s the third and fourth looks.”
Rick Nash’s explanation is the simplest.