Sep 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wingPatrick Kane
(88) moves the puck with left wingBryan Bickell
(29) during the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks Power Play has been a source of fan frustration for some time now. The Blackhawks seem to pass the whole 2:00 minutes without mustering a shot. Has the Blackhawks Power play been as bad as we all thought it was? Lets’ go back to 2008 and see how the Blackhawks Power Play compares to the league average.
In 2008-09 the league average on the power play was 18.95%; the Chicago Blackhawks were above the average at 19.28%. The Blackhawks lost in the Western Conference finals in 2008-09. In 2009-10, the league average on the power play was 18.23% and the Blackhawks were below the league average 17.69%. The Blackhawks won their 1st Stanley Cup Championship in 69 years in 2009-10. In 2010-11 the league average was 18.02% and the Blackhawks were 23.10% on the power play. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals. In the 2011-12 season the league average was 17.31% and the Blackhawks were 15.16% on the power play. The Blackhawks were eliminated in the quarter finals. Last season the league average was 18.22 and the Blackhawks were 16.67%. The Blackhawks won their 2nd Stanley Cup Championship in five seasons. The Blackhawks have been above the league average only once in the last five season
Last season the Blackhawks power play featured Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews . Kane scored 23 goals last season and only 8 goals on the power play. Toews scored 23 goals and only 2 goals on the power play. People would believe that the Blackhawks power play should be better than it has been. With all the facts laid out, the league average should hover around 17%. The line will be for the Blackhawks power play at over/under 16% success rate on the power play.
Remember Blackhawks fans power play success does not necessarily mean playoff success.