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Power play boost

With Sam Reinhart’s power play goal on Saturday night, the Buffalo Sabres reached new heights on special teams.

They now have the NHL’s best power play at 23.8 percent. They aren’t leading by much, as the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs are right behind them at 23.3 percent.

Here’s a look at the power play for Buffalo¬†over the last decade:

Sabres' special teams ranks (last 10 seasons)
Year
PP%
Rank
2006-0717.2%18th
2007-0818%14th
2008-0920.7%7th
2009-1017.6%16th
2010-1119.4%8th
2011-1216.7%19th
2012-1314.4%27th
2013-1414.4%29th
2014-1513.4%30th
2015-1618.9%12th
2016-1723.8%1st

The Sabres are near the top of the league in their actual number of power play goals (39). Tampa Bay leads with 42.

Buffalo rank 20th in the league in the number of power play opportunities with just 164. Compare that to the Lightning, which lead the NHL with 200 opportunities.

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NHL Standings

TEAMGPRECPTS
Atlantic Division Leaders:
Z8254-23-5113
X8250-20-12112
X8249-26-7105
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
Y8249-26-7105
X8247-29-6100
X8242-26-1498
Wild Card leaders:
X8245-30-797
X8244-29-997
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8244-30-896
8236-35-1183
8235-37-1080
8234-39-977
8230-39-1373
8229-40-1371
8228-43-1167
8225-45-1262
TEAMGPRECPTS
Central Division Leaders:
P8253-18-11117
X8252-20-10114
X8245-26-11101
Pacific Division Leaders:
Y8251-24-7109
X8244-25-13101
X8245-27-10100
Wild Card leaders:
X8245-29-898
X8243-30-995
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8244-32-694
8242-32-892
8237-35-1084
8236-40-678
8233-39-1076
8231-40-1173
8229-41-1270
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