CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks were hoping to recharge their penalty kill in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it hasn't happened in the first five games of a Western Conference First Round series against the Nashville Predators.
The Blackhawks, who lead 3-2 in the best-of-7 series, have allowed five power-play goals by the Predators in 19 times shorthanded. That's a 73.7-percent success rate, which ranks 12th among the 16 playoff teams and is roughly 16 percent lower than their success rate most of the season.
Heading into Game 6 at United Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports 2), the Blackhawks know they can't keep allowing power-play goals at that rate and expect to make a deep postseason run.
"That's an area we have to get better," center Marcus Kruger said after the morning skate. "It's up to a guy like me [who needs] to be better in those areas and clean that up, because it's not good enough right now."