The Montreal Canadiens have held down a spot near the top of the Eastern Conference standings thanks in large part to their power play. The Canadiens have the ninth-best power play in the league, and have scored multiple power play goals in four of their games this month. It was a power play goal from Andrei Markov that helped the Canadiens tie up their game against the Boston Bruins in the final minute of regulation on Wednesday, a game they would eventually win in the shootout. The Canadiens power play has gotten an amazing contribution this season from its defensemen, with P.K. Subban leading the way.
Subban has scored 17 of his 23 points with the man-advantage, scoring six power play goals and adding 11 assists. His numbers are even more impressive than the rest of the team’s defense considering he missed six games at the start of the season die to a contract holdout. He is second on the team in scoring and continues to be one of the Canadiens best performers in his fourth season. Markov is right behind him with 22 points (18 of them coming on the power play). He has five power play goals and 13 power play assists, all while leading the team in ice time. Raphael Diaz also got in on the power play party in his second season, with seven of his 12 assists coming with the man-advantage. Diaz only played in 19 games before being sidelined with concussion issues, but had a big impact before then. Now, Josh Gorges and Francois Boullion will have a chance to get in on the action on the team’s second power play unit while Diaz is out.
Things can keep getting better for the Canadiens too, as they face the New York Rangers on Saturday (16th ranked penalty kill) before facing a Carolina Hurricanes team has the second-worst penalty kill in the league on Monday.