Through the first 30 games of the season, the only team better on the power play was Eastern Conference leading Ak Bars. The Bears scored 28 goals in 107 chances for an impressive 26.1% success rate with the extra man. Currently, they are in fourth place in the league on the power play. Looking at the fourth place ranking alone, it is still really impressive. The problem is that over the past 10 games, the Bears are an abysmal 6 for 46 on the power play–13%.
Does it Matter?
Conventional wisdom says it does, but Medvescak was still a .500 winning team over the past ten games, going 5-0-3-2. They earned 18 points out of a possible 30. So,
Missing Foster’s production from the point requires him to be a better pure defender, where he has fallen short at times.
the Bears have not lost any ground during the extra man drought. However, power play goals accounted for 39.4% of their scoring through the first 30 games. Now, it only accounts for 21.4%. This puts an extra burden on the defense and goaltenders to be better, an area where the team has been inconsistent. It also requires the team to be better offensively at even strength.
Between the Lines
The recent failures on the power play have not affected the Bears record. Yet, they have been shut out in regulation three times over the past ten games. They also have had two shootout losses (three shutout losses total) where they scored three or more goals, but could not do enough to hold off the other club. In the three shutout losses, they missed out on 11 power play opportunities that could have prevented overtime.