Blue Jackets Power Play Has Been Abysmal In 2024

By Coby Maeir on March 13, 2024 at 1:45 pm
Montreal Canadiens goalie Cayden Primeau (30) tracks the play beside defenseman Mike Matheson (8) and Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) during the second period at Bell Centre.
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To say that the Blue Jackets have struggled on the power play since the calendar turned to 2024 would be an understatement. 

In the 27 games they've played in 2024, the team has converted on a league-worst 11.6% of their power play attempts. With nine goals on 76 attempts, they are the only team in the league with single-digit power-play goals. 

It's not like they were performing well before 2024 either, as they converted at a 15.4% rate in their first 38 games of the season, which ranked 25th in the league. 

It probably doesn't help that they've been without Patrik Laine, Adam Fantilli, Boone Jenner, and Kent Johnson for large parts of the season, but it feels like there is too much talent for the power play to be this bad. 

The club brought in Mark Recchi to run the power play after his Devils teams clicked at an 18.3%-rate in 2022-23 and an 18.6%-rate in 2021-22. However, it hasn't worked so far.

Last season, the team had the league's 26th-best power play at 18.3%, which is 4.4% better than this season's overall efficiency of 13.9%, which is 31st in the league. 

With so many players out of the lineup, can this team show some signs of life on the power play with just 17 games left in the season?

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