Predators Power-Play vs. Blackhawks Penalty Kill
Injuries to Jason Arnott, Martin Erat
, and David Legwand
have removed 64 goals and 141 points from the Predators lineup. Further, Ryan Jones had been developing into a quality secondary scoring option, including scoring the game-winning goal March 16 at Los Angeles, before suffering an upper body injury during off-ice workouts prior to the March 24 game vs. Anaheim.
With those four removed from the lineup, the Predators need to find other sources of offense. Cal O’Reilly has provided a nice boost with two goals and an assist in his four games since being recalled on March 26. But the power-play is another outlet the Predators will need to utilize for offensive production. And over the past nine games the power-play has helped the Preds attack as Nashville has converted eight power-play goals in that span – as the team has correspondingly picked up points in eight of those nine games. Nashville scored two goals with the man-advantage Sunday at Detroit – including Ryan Suter
’s game-winner with 4:36 remaining in regulation – but was held off the score sheet in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Columbus.
On the flip-side, Chicago’s penalty kill ranks 18th in the league at 80.4%, but has struggled at home, killing off just 79.8% of opponent power-plays. The Hawks have surrendered 12 opponent power-play goals in their past 12 games – holding opposing power-plays off the score sheet in just three of those 12 games. Chicago has also allowed an opponent power-play goal in eight of its last nine home games. In fact, only seven teams in the NHL have allowed more opponent power-play goals on home ice than Chicago’s 32.