The Power Play Is Going To Be The Key For The Blackhawks
By Jimmy Lynch
The Chicago Blackhawks are not the best team in the NHL, and they are going to have to rely on the power play to help them steal some games next season.
The Blackhawks power play might be one of the most important things the team needs to fix heading into next season. Chicago does not have the best defense, and that is not going to change next year, so scoring more goals than their opponents in large increments will be very critical when it comes to winning games.
Chicago struggled on the power play this past season, and we recently offered some tips on how they can fix that moving into the new season this December. I do not think anyone doubts how critical the power play can be when it comes to winning games, but it also helps individual players.
The one year Erik Gustafsson 60 points it was primarily thanks to his time on the power play. The same is true for Alex DeBrincat, who scored 41 goals during his second season in the NHL, in part because 13 came on the man advantage.
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The power play can give the team a boost during critical moments in a game, and it also offers individual players a chance to improve throughout the season. Chicago needs their best players to be at their best if they want to make another run at the playoffs next season.
They are not going to make the playoffs unless all of their top guys are scoring. The Blackhawks are not a deep enough team to have players go through slumps throughout the season. The power play is going to be the time and place where Chicago’s top guys can go out and score goals at an electrifying rate next year.
I am excited to watch guys like Kirby Dach and Dominik Kubalik score goals on the power play next season. I also think we should be getting ready for a great year out of Alex DeBrincat, who hopefully will put some of the pucks that come his way on the man advantage past the goalie on the other team. DeBrincat has an Alex Ovechkin like role on the power play, and I hope he finds a way to set up office in 2021 for some great one-timers!