Wild West: Powerplay Check-Ins/Updates

Grant Campbell

2022-11-07

The Western Conference is dominating the league with the man advantage as they have eight of the top-nine teams on the power play at the moment. On the flip side, they have eight of the bottom 10 teams with the worst penalty kill as well.

I wanted to go through each team and see what players were on the power play units of each team in the West and let people know if anyone has lost their spot and if so, who has replaced them. The other factor is injuries with either a player returning or a player out of the lineup for the foreseeable future.

Anaheim Ducks – 31st overall (11.4%) (4 for 35)

The Ducks power play has struggled this season to score and they have given up three shorthanded goals as well. With the addition of John Klingberg, the power play was supposed to reach new heights this year. The first unit consists of Troy Terry, Trevor Zegras and Klingberg as core pieces and Ryan Strome, Mason McTavish, Max Comtois or Adam Henrique rotating as the other two spots. Jamie Drysdale is out for four to six months, so is not an option.

The Ducks are 31st in the league in power play opportunities per game at 2.69.

In their game against the Canucks on Thursday, they went 2 for 3 with the man advantage and had Terry, Zegras, Klingberg, Adam Henrique and Max Comtois on the top unit. On Sunday night, the power play only had two opportunities and didn't score with the same five players as the Canucks game on the top unit. 

Arizona Coyotes – 5th overall (29.0) (11 for 38)

The Coyotes have had surprising success on the power play after 11 games but were 0 for 4 in their last game. Leading the way for Arizona is Nick Ritchie with four PPGs and Ritchie and Gostisbehere with five PPPs.

For the year, the top unit has been Gostisbehere, Ritchie, Clayton Keller, Travis Boyd and J.J. Moser for the most part. The second unit has been