The 3-1-1 record that the Winnipeg Jets had earlier this week is a distant memory, following the recent three-game road trip that saw regulation losses to the Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite averaging three goals per game on the trip, the Jets averaged six goals against, culminating in the 8-3 destruction at the hands of the Lightning. It wasn't a pretty sight.
But perhaps the most alarming thing that arose out of the trip was the Penalty Kill, or the lack thereof. The Jets gave up 8 PP goals in the three games, including two game-winners in the 3rd period, and had their PK percentage drop to a league worst 59.3%.
That's right. 59.3%.
Despite giving up the 5th-least amount of PP opportunities with only 27 through 8 games, the Jets have given up the most PP goals against in the league with 11 (tied with the Flyers and the Red Wings). Eight of those have come in the last three games. And that doesn't count Tampa Bay's 4th goal the other night, when Evander Kane had just stepped on the ice before Cory Conacher potted his 5th of the year.
To give some perspective about just how bad the Jets' PK is right now, let's have a look at the history books. Our good friend Gabe Desjardins (@behindthenet) wrote about the worst penalty-killing teams in history a few years ago when the Toronto Maple Leafs were also sucking at killing penalties, so I thought I'd borrow from his post and apply it to the Jets this year. Note that the NHL didn't begin tracking PK percentages until 1963-64. Below is a list of the lowest penalty-kill success rates in history, and where the Jets currently sit.
Winnipeg Jets are getting KILLED by their penalty kill
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