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By the Numbers: Jets vs Flames (Part 4)

Special teams are the focus on the final edition of By the Numbers!

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

In a Qualifying Round series that is so statistically even, special teams could make a big difference between the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames.

When it comes to the power play, both teams surged up the rankings in the 2020 portion of the calendar.

The Jets were sitting 15th in the NHL on the man advantage after a 7-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche on December 31, 2019. But from January 1 through a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on March 12, Winnipeg's power play clipped along at a rate of 22.4 per cent - the 10th best in the league in that span.

Calgary's power play also caught fire in 2020. Since January 1, the Flames power play is the fifth best in the league with a 25.7 per cent efficiency.

Here are more special teams related numbers:

4 - Since January 1, 2020, the Jets' penalty kill is ranked fourth in the NHL thanks to killing off 85.5 per cent of their opposition's power plays,

21 - In that same time span, the Flames' penalty kill is 21st in the NHL at 78.3 per cent.

331:20 - The amount of time the Jets have spent on the power play this season

278:59 - The amount of time the Jets have spent on the penalty kill, the lowest amount of time in the NHL.

31 - The Jets have drawn 31 more penalties than they've taken this season. Calgary, on the other hand, has taken four more penalties than they've drawn.

25 - Neal Pionk's 25 power play points have him tied with Nikita Kucherov and Quinn Hughes for 12th most in the NHL.

3 - Calgary's Mikael Backlund has three shorthanded goals this season, one back of the league lead.

3:18 - Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor average 3:18 of power play ice time per game, the most on the Jets. Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames in that category at 2:54.

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