The Blackhawks have been knocked for how poorly they defended the Oilers’ Power Play, but people forget just how good the Oilers’ Power Play was all season. They were ranked first in the NHL, along with Edmonton having the second-best Penalty Kill.
Chicago has moved on from playing the best special team’s team in the NHL. They have to add that back to their game. It’s simple, either stay out of the box or kill penalties. If Chicago can go 5-for-5 on the Penalty Kill against the Oilers, there’s no excuse for playing any worse against Vegas.
To give them credit, Chicago scored a short-handed goal, as their lone-goal in Game 1. They still had chances to score on the Power Play, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
Vegas doesn’t have the Penalty Kill that Edmonton did, there’s no excuse for this team not to score at least one a game if Chicago could put up 3 in Game 1 against the Oilers.
As long as Chicago can stay out of the box and convert on at least one Power Play, I think they’ll have a real good shot at winning tonight. Their defense is improving around Corey Crawford, it’s just come down to special teams for them. Their special teams have been 50/50, that can’t be anymore.