When Jeremy Colliton took over as head coach of the Blackhawks, one of his top priorities was fixing the power play. In fact, for the first chunk of home games, he would trot his team out 15 minutes early ahead of morning skate to work on it.
It took a while, but the results have finally come. And they're producing at a remarkable rate.
In the first 35 games of the season, the Blackhawks were 12-for-105 on the power play for a conversion rate of 11.4 percent. In the past 12 games, they are 13-for-36 for a success rate of 36.4 percent. No team has a better percentage since Dec. 18 than the Blackhawks, a span of nearly a month.
"We've been together for awhile, so I think that's kind of the nice part about it," Patrick Kane said following a 2-for-4 effort against the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday. "We know each other's positions. We know where we're going to be when we're in trouble. I think the guys did a really good job of moving the puck around quick tonight. Break-ins are solid and you end up going 2-for-4. It's been a confident part of our game lately."
The Blackhawks have been so hot that they've gone from dead-last in the NHL to middle of the pack in less than a month.
How have they done this? It's a combination of reasons.