It’s not surprising that nobody really knows the Blackhawks started their season. After all, the Cubs are a team destined to win the World Series and lead to the destruction of the city of Chicago. As a blogger who is bad at writing and doesn’t care much for backing up my takes with actual research, I feel like it’s my responsibility to let you know that the Hawks have the worst penalty kill in the history of hockey.
The team that’s supposed to get us through the cold, depressing winter months is giving up a goal 54% of the time they are shorthanded. Some quick calculus lets me know that less than half the time the Hawks are required to kill a penalty, they don’t. Winnipeg has a 69% (nice, #pftcommenter) success rate which destroys the 46% the Hawks are at. According to the most reliable source on the internet, Wikipedia, the Kings have the record for worst PK of all time at 68%. So there’s room for improvement.
I’m not panicking at all. I thought they played really well last night despite the PK and deserved to win. I would also expect the Hawks’ save percentage in shorthanded situations, which currently sits at 65%, tohave a bit of a course correction. Can’t help that the NHL has decided you can lose based on a damn skills competition. I put the shootout deciding wins/losses right up there with the All Star game deciding home field advantage for the World Series.
Don’t worry, they’ll be fine when you get back from Cubsmania.