This article is part of our The Man Advantage series.
If the 2018-19 season ended today, the Lightning, Jets, Panthers, Bruins and Penguins will have the top-five power plays in the cap era, with the Avalanche coming close at seventh. This may not be surprising given the level of talent in the league and the NHL's obsession with making goalie equipment smaller, but it is curious there's such a sudden explosion of record-setting efficiency. If the trend is league-wide it won't be much of a story, but if the disparity between the haves and have-nots widens, it's a potential wrinkle in an already fickle fantasy hockey market.
HOT POWER PLAYS
The Blackhawks were languishing at the start of the season with an abysmal power play that had no excuse being so ineffective with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on its roster, but there are signs they're turning it around. For Toews, five of his last seven points have been scored on the power play, and for Kane, it's four of his last seven. Thanks to them, their power play has climbed to 24th, and though they've gotten lucky in the process of scoring some of those points, it's also thanks to some personnel moves. Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat, once a dynamic duo in the OHL, have joined Toews and Kane on the top power-play unit, and together the two duos have made each other more effective. The Blackhawks are 6-for-17 (35.3 percent) in their last five games and seem to have settled on those four forwards