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The Caps’ power play is rightfully considered one of the most dangerous in the NHL. As of the All-Star break, the Caps sat third in the league with a 24.4 percent conversion rate when up a man and they generate more unblocked shot attempts than just about any team on record.
But that’s not to say that the PP doesn’t have its cold spells. In December, the team went just 6 for 43 during the man advantage. Japers’ Rink touched on some of the possible explanations for the December PP struggles, primarily focusing on how the Caps’ lack of PP face-off success related to the lack of PP conversions.
Another important aspect of a power play is zone entries– that is, how a team enters the offensive zone. This generally happens in one of two ways:
- a controlled entry, when a player crosses the offensive blue line with control of the puck, or
- an uncontrolled entry, dump-and-chase style.
The Caps’ recent hot and cold streaks have had a lot to do with how they enter the zone.