Oct 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wingPatrick Kane
(88) in the second period against the Nashville Predators at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
There are two broken records when talking about the Blackhawks since 2010. One of them is lacking a second line center, and the second one is the Blackhawks powerplay. The Blackhawks had 12 powerplay chances this week and cashed in just one time. The Blackhawks have all this offensive talent with the names Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Marian Hossa on a powerplay unit yet when the Hawks get the Hawks advantage it just becomes a 200 foot shooting gallery at Corey Crawford and the other end of the ice.
The Hawks four games into the season are 3 for 21 for a 14% rate with the powerplay and it’s really bringing down the Blackhawks scoring. Four games into the season and fans are asking to decline the powerplays. The Hawks talked about being too cute yet there they are doing blind drop passes in the neutral zone and putting a passing clinic without getting pucks to the net. The Blackhawks had one powerplay goal this week and it was on an Andrew Shaw deflection. A deflection takes a shot and someone in front of the net which isn’t the norm even if Shaw tries nightly.
The Blackhawks once had a good powerplay unit when Dustin Byfuglien was camped out in front of the opponent’s goal especially during the 2010 playoffs, but the Hawks have been searching for that body (and a 2nd line center) ever since Big Buff left in a trade. The person with the skill set to do the job is Bryan Bickell and during the 2013 playoffs he was the right person in front of the net creating havoc and goals were being scored, but Bickell isn’t out there now and the powerplay suffers.
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Insanity is defined by doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result and that is exactly what watching the Blackhawks powerplay has been for the past 4 seasons. The same play and players expecting a different result and yet getting the same result which usually is two minutes of frustration and nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.
The powerplay is missing already four games in and it lands on the Blackhawks milk carton today!
Who is your milk carton nominee?
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