It may be only a touch over a quarter of the way into the 48 game NHL season, but special teams are starting to set teams apart. On the power play, the St. Louis Blues have been nothing short of brilliant, scoring 19 goals on 60 power play opportunities for an astounding 31.7%. A full 4% better than the second-place Penguins, the Blues have used the power play to their advantage – which is a good thing because their penalty kill sits 23rd overall at a dismal 77.4%. Speaking of the penalty kill, the Boston Bruins have been nearly unbeatable in the early season when down a man. With a 94.1% success rate, Boston has yielded but 3 power play goals against, having killed off the other 51 shorthanded situations. Interestingly enough, much like the Blues have dominated on the power play and suffered on the penalty kill, Boston’s dominance while shorthanded has been off-set by a tremendously poor showing when on the power play as they sit 26th overall with a measly 13.0%. Though still early, special teams are starting to set teams apart and with the halfway point fast approaching, those who aren’t getting their power play and penalty kill together will soon find themselves on the outside looking in.