Konroyd's keys to Blackhawks-Ducks

Konroyd's keys to Blackhawks-Ducks
March 29, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Steve Konroyd

1. Keep the Ducks down, kill them with a good start: Anaheim has lost their last four games, every contest since they beat the Blackhawks on March 20th. They have had terrible starts in these past four losses. You have to keep them down with intensity and work ethic, something the Blackhawks got back in their last game after two disappointing losses.

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2. Power play is better, now it needs to score: Although Chicago went 0-for-5 against the Flames in their last game, they gained momentum with the man advantage. They had seven shots on the power play, and generated a lot of good chances that missed the net. The Hawks are just one for their last 12 in this area, and the absence of Hossa and Sharp has a lot to do with this. Anaheim’s penalty kill is in the bottom six of the NHL.  

3. Time for Dave Bolland to shine: Bolland had a great start to this campaign. He scored five goals in his first 13 games. He has zero goals since, a 13-game drought. As a second line center, Bolland is capable of a little more offense. It would come in handy against the Ducks.