The Stars have had 75 power play chances and have scored nine goals, equating to a 12 percent power play conversion rate. Only the Vancouver Canucks (eight power play goals) and the Florida Panthers (eight power play goals) have scored fewer power play goals.
The biggest problem with the Stars’ power play this season is that they are not controlling the puck enough. Not including Thursday night’s game against the New York Rangers, the Stars’ Fenwick-For Percentage (FF Percent) is 81.9 percent while on the power play. That sounds like a high number, but it is actually the third-lowest 5-on-4 FF Percent in the NHL; the Columbus Blue Jackets own the NHL’s best 5-on-4 FF Percent at 93.6 percent. The rest of the Fenwick statistics also exclude Thursday night’s game.
Deeper analysis of the Stars’ 81.9 FF Percent during 5-on-4 play shows that the Stars have allowed opponents to attempt 30 shorthanded unblocked shot attempts and 24 have hit the net. The Stars’ 30 unblocked shot attempts allowed is the second-highest allowed in the NHL, behind only the Rangers (33). Conversely, the Stars have attempted 136 unblocked shot attempts, the 19th most in the NHL; of the team’s 136 unblocked attempts, 96 shots have hit the net.
If the Stars cannot figure out how to maintain puck control while on the power play, they will continue to waste valuable time, especially when they need a tying goal.