Scary stuff: Terrifying stats from Blackhawks' power play struggles


When a team has lost five of six games there are going to be plenty of stats that point to why the team is struggling.

Right now for the Blackhawks, it's the power play that is standing out as a weak spot on the team. Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Avalanche featured five power plays for the Blackhawks and the Hawks failed to score on any of them.

The night before the Blackhawks went 0-6 with the man advantage against Nashville in another loss. The game before that the Blackhawks went 0-3 on the power play in a loss at Vegas.

Noticing a trend?

The Hawks scored their first power play in a 4-2 win against Arizona before that, but counting the second power play in that one, the Blackhawks have now failed to score on their last 15 power plays. Dating back to the overtime loss to Edmonton on Oct. 19, the Blackhawks are 1-21 on power plays in the last five games.

Not only are the numbers bad, but the teams they struggled against aren't noted for the penalty kill. Edmonton has the second-lowest penalty kill percentage in the league. That's a team the Blackhawks failed to convert all five power plays against. Colorado entered tonight ranked 24th in the league in penalty kill.

Overall, the Blackhawks are ranked 29th in a 31-team league by converting power plays 12.7 percent of the time.

Spooky stuff.

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