As happy as I am with the way the team has been able to right the ship, there’s still an issue that needs to be addressed. There’s a big ole elephant lurking in the corner of the United Center, and although the current 3 game rebound has made it easy to ignore him, the fact of the matter is he is still there and isn’t going anywhere.
Going into tomorrow night’s matchup against the Western Conference leading Redwings, the team is struggling at an alarming 0 for their last 27 PPOPP. Currently, the Blackhawks powerplay ranks 19th in the league at 16.4%, 12th in PP Time and 14th in powerplay OPPS.While that is not terrible by any stretch, I expect more.
When I see the stacked talent lines that the team is able to send out with the man advantage, I would hope (expect) for much higher results. A PP1 line that will include 3 of the following 4 names - Toews, Sharp, Hossa, or Kane - needs to be more lethal than they are lately, and should easily be a Top 10 if not Top 5 Powerplay. Any time we are given a man advantage with that lineup, it needs to truly be an advantage that is exploited intensely, every shift every time.
Vancouver ranks #1 in the league in PP%, with a line that includes the Sedin Twins, Kesler and Burrows anchoring their PP1. The twins and Kesler are all ranked in the top 30 PP Goal scorers this season. Currently only Hossa ranks in the top 30 PP goal scorers. Based on talent that lines up on the powerplay, I’d take our 4 over their 4 any day (and I don't think that makes me a homer, but just a realist.) I'm just shocked that with the talent we have on our side, they cannot achieve the results the Canucks get, or better this year.