It's a third of the way through the season, and while the Devils have scored some power play goals, one thing is for sure - their power play stinks. Still it's kind of stark how bad some of it is.
With Eric Gelinas on the ice on the 5 on 4 PP, and excluding last night's game, the Devils have 46 shots in 47 minutes, 20 seconds. Not bad. That would rank 7th in the NHL in power play shot rate.
Without Eric Gelinas on the ice, again excluding last night's game, the Devils have 41 shots in 94 minutes. This is abysmal. Not only is it bad, it would rank 26th in shots on goal per 60 minutes for 5 on 5. Horrible! The main culprits are Peter Harrold and Adam Larsson - in the 21 minutes Harrold played, he had a S/60 rate of 19 SF/60, which is atrocious. Adam Larsson was much worse - in the 10 minutes he played on the PP, the Devils registered 1 shot on goal.
We can see the issues with the top unit, which right now consists of Ryder-Elias-Jagr-Zidlicky-Zajac - no one there has the speed to make people consider not blocking a shot, because none of these guys can consistently beat defenders 1 on 1. Then again, I'm not sure what can be done with the first unit - I like the idea of Gelinas in back and Bernier screening up front, and without someone like Bernier to screen, I'm not sure what the first unit would be doing on Gelinas shots. Who knows, maybe it will all settle out eventually, but at the very least the 2nd unit should be receiving equal time or more time than the first.