Konroyd's keys for Blackhawks-Wild

Konroyd's keys for Blackhawks-Wild
December 5, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Steve Konroyd

1. Time to get back to that “Road Warrior” mentality. Tuesday’s home loss to the Dallas Stars came on the heels of a six game road winning streak. Although the game wasn’t horrendous (they outshot Dallas 50 to 18 in the game) the Hawks played a “lazy” game through the first 23 minutes of the contest. High tempo, short shifts, and lots of talk on the ice characterized their recent road success. That wasn’t happening on Tuesday, where a lazy change, lazy penalty, and lazy coverage did them in on the Stars first three goals. That can’t happen tonight, against a team that is desperate and has lost four of their last five games.

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2. Power play and penalty kill a key to winning. You look at the special teams of both of these teams, and if their power play is scoring and their penalty kill is killing, chances are they are winning the game. The Wild have not scored a power-play goal in six games, and only have one regulation win to show for it. The Blackhawks allowed another power-play goal against Dallas, and in their nine total losses (five regulation and four overtime/shootout losses) they have allowed power-play goals in seven of them. I should point out that in the other two losses; they only had to kill one penalty. Win the special teams and win the game.

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3. Time to make history. The Blackhawks have had a long and storied history in the NHL. Tonight they have a chance to tie a Hawks’ record that has been set just one other time: seven straight victories on the road. They accomplished that feat in 1964 with the likes of Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, Pierre Pilote, Chico Maki, Eric Nesterenko, Glenn Hall, and a cast of others. They have an opportunity to do it again with a win in Minnesota. Records are made to be broken.