Chicago Blackhawks: How To Fix Their Power Play For 2021
By Ryan Fedrau
The Chicago Blackhawks were outmatched on the Power Play last season. They’ll have to fix that if they want to be a playoff team in 2021.
The Chicago Blackhawks have to fix their power play if they want to be a playoff team in 2021. The way they were outmatched over the past few seasons on the power play has helped them lose more games than win.
For starters, the Blackhawks on the power play has gone from a big scoring chance with their offensive stars to a waste of 2-minutes. They were never great with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on the power play, but they always kept things competitive.
The past 2-to-3 seasons have shown more passes than shots on the power play. That has to change if they’re going to be successful on the power play again.
To start off, the first line has to have Kane-Toews-Kubalik, with Keith and Boqvist as their defensemen. They have 4 guys on the ice that can score goals, with Keith there to help bail out the team if they turn the puck over.
They need to add at least 5 shots on each power play. This passing until they lose the puck game doesn’t work, clearly. The Blackhawks have some great players on their team that can score. Passing the puck for the perfect shot that never comes doesn’t help that. It hurts them.
For the power play, either Kane or Toews always needs to be on the ice. So, either they’ll have the two switch who double shifts a power play, or they’ll make the mistake of splitting them up. They both have big reasons to be on the power play. One, Kane is their best offensive player. Two, Toews wins the most faceoffs for the team.
They have to improve the power play for the playoffs too. They had some key chances to score on the power play against Vegas and they were shut down. That cannot happen again.
If this team can start shooting the puck and put together a solid power play line with a new strategy, they’ll improve a solid amount. If they sit back and have another bad year on the power play, the playoffs, if they make it, will be a quick exit.