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Chicago Blackhawks’ First-Half Report Card

By Mike Brennan
Jan 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their victory following the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their victory following the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 19, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Desjardins (11) draws a penalty during the third period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Blackhawks won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

Special Teams: B+

The best part of the Blackhawks’ special teams has been their powerplay. It converts 21.5 percent of the time, which ranks fourth in the league. Patrick Kane is the top performer on the powerplay with 25 points on 14 goals, and Brent Seabrook is the man advantage’s second leading scorer with 14 points. Remember when the ‘Hawks’ powerplay was laughingly bad two years ago? Well those times are gone as they are high flying and making teams pay for making stupid mistakes on the ice.

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The penalty kill for the ‘Hawks ranks ninth in the league, killing off penalties 82.6 percent of the time. The best way to look at the top penalty killers on the team is through their time on ice during a penalty kill. In that respect, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith and Andrew Desjardins lead the team. Marian Hossa has the most shorthanded shots with 11, which makes sense with how Hossa plays.

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