After ending a four-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over Vancouver Canucks, coach Dallas Eakins credited the Anaheim Ducks powerplay for their improvement this season.
The Ducks, 55/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, scored twice from five opportunities against the Canucks, taking their season percentage to 25.9 percent which is a well-placed fifth in the NHL.
Their double against the Canucks was their second straight game with two goals on the man-advantage. 37 of Anaheim's 153 goals have been scored on the powerplay this season and 98 at even-strength.
The Ducks (24-19-9) sit fifth in the Pacific Division and 17th overall in the NHL standings.
Last season, Anaheim ranked 22nd in the NHL for powerplay success 18.1% and ended the season bottom of the re-aligned West Division, and 30th of 31 teams in the league with a 17-30-9 record.
The 24-year-old Troy Terry leads the team for powerplay goals with six, and his 26 in all situations is joint-fifth in the NHL.
Last season, the winger had just seven goals, and none on the powerplay.
On Tuesday, the Ducks begin a season-long six game homestand against the San Jose Sharks as they push for a place in the Stanley Cup playoffs, something they haven't achieved in the last three seasons. They are currently two points off a Wild Card spot.
Eakins said to the media: "Our power play has been good all year and it's certainly nice to have that in your back pocket when maybe you don't score as many goals five-on-five as other teams."