EDMONTON, AB - As owners of the National Hockey League's most efficient power play and second-best penalty kill, there's something special about the Edmonton Oilers special teams.
The club's man advantage is clicking at historic heights with a 39.6 percentage over a 21-for-53 showing through 17 games in the 2021-22 campaign.
And look no further than Saturday when Edmonton's penalty killers outscored the Chicago Blackhawks' power players with a pair of shorthanded markers en route to a 3-for-3 performance to view just how well-versed the group is when down a man.
Following practice on Monday, Head Coach Dave Tippett and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins detailed the success of the Oilers units in uneven situations.
Beginning with the power play, which has led the League in the past two seasons after hovering around the 30 percent mark, Nugent-Hopkins attributed the team's offensive prowess to familiarity between the skaters as well as a relentless work ethic after broken plays.
"We usually start in our setup and then the puck goes on net or the puck goes into the corner, and we're usually making a play out of that," the special teams serviceman, who sits third in the NHL with 12 power-play points, said.
Video: RAW | Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 11.22.21