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Scary stuff: Terrifying stats from Blackhawks' power play struggles

Scary stuff: Terrifying stats from Blackhawks' power play struggles

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.

Spooky stuff.

Patrick Sharp to serve as guest NHL analyst for NBC Sports' Stanley Cup Playoff coverage

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Patrick Sharp to serve as guest NHL analyst for NBC Sports' Stanley Cup Playoff coverage

Despite announcing his retirement from the NHL this season, Patrick Sharp insisted he's not going anywhere.

And he won't be.

The three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks will be serving as a guest analyst on NHL Live tonight and Wednesday during NBC Sports' first-round Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, appearing on the pregame show at 5:30 p.m., breaking down the intermissions of Blue Jackets vs. Capitals and Jets vs. Wild.

Sharp will join Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick for Columbus-Washington and Kathryn Tappen, Anson Carter and Roenick for Winnipeg-Minnesota.

Perhaps we're seeing a little glimpse of what Sharp's future post-playing career could hold?

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Tackling all your offseason questions

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Tackling all your offseason questions

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis answer your questions as we look ahead to an important offseason.

Which position should the Blackhawks prioritize, and who could be available via free agency? Should Stan Bowman adjust his lineup construction this summer based on how the Western Conference is unfolding? How can Jonathan Toews get back to being Jonathan Toews? 

They answer all that and more right here!