Konroyd's Keys: Blackhawks vs. Canucks

Konroyd's Keys: Blackhawks vs. Canucks

April 22, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Steve Konroyd

1) Continue the airtight D on the road: The last three road games for the Blackhawks have ended in shutouts for the Hawks. The game before that they allowed a goal to Detroit in the last 33 seconds to spoil yet another shutout. Only 70 shots against in those three consecutive road victories spells great defense. Keep this part of your game up.

2) Take advantage of a Canucks D that’s hurting: Kevin Bieksa hasn’t played for three games. Chris Tanev has been out for seven tilts. Vancouver has given up an average of 34 shots per game in their last six contests. Rookie defenseman Frankie Corrado, who recently played three games for the Chicago Wolves, may be in the lineup for the Canucks tonight. Take advantage of the new faces.

3) Keep the power play sizzling: The Blackhawks' power play went nine games without scoring a goal. There were stretches where the man advantage produced no shots on net. That all changed in a hurry in the last two games. They have scored four goals on seven opportunities in these two games. Shots are the key, and they have managed a lot more of them on the power play in the last two games. They have moved from 21st to 16th in the power play rankings in just two games. Keep it up.