When a team has lost five of six games there are going to be plenty of stats that point to why the team is struggling.
Right now for the Blackhawks, it's the power play that is standing out as a weak spot on the team. Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Avalanche featured five power plays for the Blackhawks and the Hawks failed to score on any of them.
The night before the Blackhawks went 0-6 with the man advantage against Nashville in another loss. The game before that the Blackhawks went 0-3 on the power play in a loss at Vegas.
Noticing a trend?
The Hawks scored their first power play in a 4-2 win against Arizona before that, but counting the second power play in that one, the Blackhawks have now failed to score on their last 15 power plays. Dating back to the overtime loss to Edmonton on Oct. 19, the Blackhawks are 1-21 on power plays in the last five games.
Not only are the numbers bad, but the teams they struggled against aren't noted for the penalty kill. Edmonton has the second-lowest penalty kill percentage in the league. That's a team the Blackhawks failed to convert all five power plays against. Colorado entered tonight ranked 24th in the league in penalty kill.
Overall, the Blackhawks are ranked 29th in a 31-team league by converting power plays 12.7 percent of the time.
On the latest Blackhawks Talk podcast, Adam Burish joins Pat Boyle to discuss the three-game losing skid the Hawks are experiencing, the problems on the power play and how they should mentally approach getting back into the playoff race.
The guys also discuss Corey Crawford’s first public sighting, trade rumors and Burish shares his favorite Original 6 story.
Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:
Probably not the way the Blackhawks wanted to start their second half of the season.
After a five-day break, the Blackhawks suffered a brutal 7-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night at the United Center. This coming after a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on home ice last Sunday.
"It was a game we had to win," Quenneville said after Saturday's loss. "Disappointing in a lot of ways."
The Blackhawks needed both goaltenders to get through 60 minutes. Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass combined for 39 saves on 46 shots.
On the offensive side of things, Patrick Kane hit a milestone.
The 29-year-old had two goals and an assist and recorded his 800th career point, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to reach 800 points.
The Blackhawks are now 22-18-6 on the season with 50 points and rank last in the Central Division, five points behind the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild.
The Blackhawks' schedule doesn't get any easier when the Tampa Bay Lightning — the league-leader in points — come to town on Monday.
See what Quenneville and Kane had to say about Saturday's loss in the video above.