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Last season, both the power play and the penalty kill were just not up too snuff. For a team that has such great offensive talent, the power play troubles can be no excuse. For now, we will leave the PK alone even though it could use some improvement as well.
The Chicago Blackhawks, at the end of last season, were a dismal 15.2 percent on the power play—good enough to place them in the bottom five of the whole league. When you have an offense comprised of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane, among others, a better ranking should be expected.
Throw in the fact that the team also has Duncan Keith and Nick Leddy, and you can see why this stat is not acceptable. Both these defenceman are extremely talented offensively.
The Blackhawks cannot even use the excuse that they had a great penalty kill to counteract the fact they could not put the puck in the net with the man advantage. A team such as Montreal—who were ranked second on the PK and 28th on the PP—can get away with something like that.
Even though the team made a very strong push to try and land coveted free agent Zach Parise, who would have improved the power play, they have not done much else to make sure this problem is fixed for the start of next season.