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A look at how Carlson’s work at five-on-four has been all apples

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3 - Number of players in the NHL with at least 140 minutes of five-on-four power play ice time and zero goals during that time. John Carlson leads the way, having skated almost 243 minutes while up a man and having nothing to show for it; the other two are Jonathan Toews (198:55) and Thomas Chabot (196:34). Carlson has just two power-play goals of any kind this season, both of which have come on the two-man advantage.

While he hasn’t scored a ton, that’s not entirely unusual for Carlson (although it is somewhat odd to not have any with just a one-man advantage). His career high for a single season is five power play goals, which he hasn’t hit since 2013-14, and he has averaged just under three power play goals per year in each of his last six seasons.

More importantly, despite his lack of goals he’s still producing at a high rate with the extra man — he’s currently tied with Boston’s Torey Krug for the lead among defensemen in power play points with 26.