1. Keep Anaheim off the power play. The Ducks scored a franchise-record six power-play goals in their shellacking of the Vancouver Canucks a couple of nights ago. It has been red hot for a couple of weeks now, going 12-for-28 in their last six games. The Hawks can’t be taking needless penalties like they did against Colorado. There will be penalties, though, and when you’re killing make sure you’re winning your faceoffs. The Blackhawks lost 4-of-6 in their own zone when they were down a man.
2. Two big Ducks need special attention. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are special talents. They are big men standing 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-3, respectively, who skate well and have a mean streak. They each scored a goal in the last game between these two teams, a Ducks shootout win. The key here is to possess the puck when they’re on the ice. It’s tough to take it away once they have it, so be a puck-possession team when these guys are on the ice.
3. Kane needs to find the back of the net. Eight games without a goal must seem like an eternity for Patrick Kane. Since he last scored against St. Louis on Dec. 28, he’s had 35 shots with no goals to show. The good news is he’s getting his chances. I think he needs to be a little more selfish with the puck. Shoot first and ask questions later.