What’s wrong with Blackhawks’ power play and how to fix it

When you start the season with one win in 12 games, there aren’t going to be many bright spots. The Blackhawks really only had one during that stretch and that’s the power play.

“Going through training camp and the beginning of the season, we were just so confident, so comfortable on the power play,” Patrick Kane said on Sunday. “If you asked me where I thought we would finish, I would say Top 5 for sure.”

It felt like things were trending in that direction from Day 1. 

In their first 10 games, the Blackhawks went 10-for-38 on the power play for a success rate of 26.3 percent, which ranked No. 6 over that span. They generated the most scoring chances (71) of any team and also had, by far, the league’s best expected Goals For at 10.01, according to Natural Stat Trick.

In the 12 games since then, no team has had a worse power-play percentage than the Blackhawks at 3.3. They’ve done a complete 180 with just one goal in their last 30 opportunities.

To help identify what exactly is going wrong, I reached out to our friends at Sportlogiq and there were several significant discrepancies from the hot 10-game span at the start of the season and the recent 12-game drought.

Here’s a look at the chart:

As you can see, the Blackhawks are having no problem entering the zone or sustaining offensive zone possession time. In…

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