Blackhawks News

#Hashtag Monday: Blackhawks Power Play Woes

By Ericka McFee

Oct 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) reacts after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

#Hashtag Monday: Blackhawks Power Play Woes

Happy Monday, Blackhawks fans! In last week’s Hashtag Monday post, we asked the question that is pretty much on the mind of every fan these days:

As Murphy’s Law would have it, Patrick Kane goes and scores not one but TWO power play goals in the very next game (against the Philadelphia Flyers). Then again, that game seemed to be an outlier, as it was really the only game so far this season where the Hawks have played a complete game for a full 60 minutes.

Some of you had a few ideas about the Blackhawks’ power play woes:

Thanks for your input! Speaking of the last tweet, that brings us to our topic for this week. Brad Richards is an acquisition over the summer that the Blackhawks had put a lot of faith (even if not much money) in to help fill the second-line center role – a move that was long overdue. He has the experience, and he certainly has the pedigree with a previous Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe under his belt. However, it doesn’t seem like Richards has been living up to the hype. Explanations (or excuses, take your pick) usually fall along the lines of “he’s still adjusting.” Eight games and a few weeks into the regular season? Really?

So this week, we are asking you, our wonderful readers:

Fire up your tweets and let us know what you think!

For more Blackhawks updates and conversation, follow us on Twitter @Blackhawk_Up or like our Facebook page at Blackhawkup.