The lockout isn't even officially over yet, and already the Blackhawks are answering questions about the power play. Chicago scored on just 15.2 percent of its chances with the man-advantage, 26th in the league. In 2010-11, the Hawks were fourth in the league at 23.1 percent
Winger Patrick Kane, who returned from Switzerland on Sunday and rejoined his teammates for Thursday morning's informal skate, said the power play will be a big focus during an abbreviated training camp, expected to start this Sunday, less than a week before the Jan. 19 opener in Los Angeles.
Kane said he can do more to boost the power play percentage.
"Even just looking at a couple years ago on the Stanley Cup [run], my point production was pretty much the same 5-on-5 as it was last year, but the power play was about 20 more points," he said. "It's a huge part of our offense, and obviously last year it wasn't very good. It's probably one of the reasons we didn't do as well throughout our season. It's something we'll have to fix a little bit."
Another key, Kane said, will be changing the mentality on special teams, to find that aggression the Hawks had in recent seasons.
"One of the biggest things is, we didn't have a guy who would really stand in front of the net last year, where a couple of years ago you had the [Troy] Brouwers and the [Dustin] Byfugliens, guys like that," Kane said. "But then you also have to take responsibility for yourself. Just watching film from a couple of years ago, you can really see how much we moved, not only the puck but also our feet. All five of our players were always moving. That's one of the biggest things. As long as every player can stay dangerous, you're going to have success on the power play. That's the biggest thing for this year. Just keep moving, and we have enough talent where plays will be made."