Some quick numbers for you to ponder…
- The Thrashers rank sixth in the NHL in 5-on-5 goals scored (137 or 2.11 per game).
- The Thrashers rank 18th in the NHL in power-play goals scored (45) and 22nd in PP% (16.8%).
- The Thrashers have given up the 8th most power-play goals (54) and rank 21st in the NHL in PK % (80.3%).
- The Thrashers have been short-handed the 10th most times in the NHL (274) and have had the 10th most power plays (267).
- The Thrashers rank 16th in NHL in 5-on-5 Goals For/Goals Against, giving up 1.03 goals for every goal they score 5-on-5.
Last night the Thrashers scored multiple power-play goals in a game for the first time since December 13 versus Dallas (a span of 36 games) and has given up at least one power-play goal in 10 straight games. None of the teams in the bottom 10 in the NHL in both the PK and PP are in playoff positions.
It’s no wonder that GM Don Waddell told Chris Vivlamore that special teams are one of the keys to this team’s struggles.