Scoring on power play opportunities
Horrible is the word I would have to use to completely describe how the Blackhawks play on the man advantage as of late. I know the Blues are a very good penalty killing team, ranking second in the NHL during the regular season but there are no excuses. The Blackhawks should be lighting the lamp up at least once a game during the man advantage with their shooting assets. So far going into Game 4 the Blackhawks are a dismal 1 for 14 on the power play advantage. That’s not going to help in the effort to win close games. They need to find a way to create more opportunities with the odd man rush and keep it simple. The basic, crowd the front of the net style play is what seems to be the most effective way to score goals. Putting Bickell and Shaw down low stacked may be what they need to try. Then you have Toews, Kane, and Hossa flinging shots from the point. Recently the Blackhawks get stuck in pass happy land and forget that the puck should be going forwards towards the net not side to side. To solve that, the next time they think they can give someone a better look, the first thing they should do is shoot first instead of a pass first mentality.