Colorado Avalanche: Predicting the Power Play Units

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Jan 6, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) is congratulated for his power play goal in the first period against the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche will have trouble finding a functioning lineup, simply because there are so many options. Once that is all figured out, Patrick Roy will also have to think about some good combinations for the special teams.

One of Colorado’s biggest strengths in a disappointing season was the penalty kill. The team ranked fifth, with 84.6 percent of their penalties killed. Only Minnesota, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Carolina were better. With Ryan O’Reilly now in Buffalo, the Avalanche lost an important member of the penalty kill. Car Soderberg will likely take his spot, and hopefully be similarly good at it.

The power play, however, is a whole different story. In fact, the Avs’ power play ranked 29th in the 2014-15 campaign, with a success rate of exactly 15 percent. Only the prementioned Buffalo Sabres were even worse. As we all know, the Sabres now have O’Reilly, who was also an important piece on the Avalanche’s power play.

However, the Colorado Avalanche received Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Zadorov in return. Both of them may turn into important parts of the Avalanche’s power play in the future.

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