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Chicago Blackhawks: 4 Fundamentals for Game 4

By Josh Brink
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Apr 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller (39) makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Shots on goal

Another department that the Chicago Blackhawks are lacking in is overall shots on goal. Through the first 3 games, the Blues have outshot the Blackhawks a total of 117 – 95. In Game 3 the first two man advantages the Blackhawks had they were only able to come up with 2 shots on goal. Then on their 3rd and final power play they actually had a two man advantage for about 30 seconds but they still only got a total of 2 shots off. This also relates to the previous fundamental of scoring on power play opportunities. If you cannot generate shots on goal, you simply are not increasing your chances for any type of advantage. In some fashion their shots on goal are also related to their lack of discipline sometimes which results in penalty kills. When you have to go on the penalty kill it takes your scorers off the ice and can mess up the teams or a player’s rhythm. So keeping extra focus on one or more of these fundamentals can really increase the chance for success. Hopefully they can piece this together after they got back on their feet with a win. This is something you definitely want to keep an eye on as this series progresses.