The Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames both have been struggling on the power play this season, but each team has a reason to feel like it is about to turn things around.
Coming off a dominating road win, the Blackhawks return to the United Center on Friday night to take on the Flames, who will get Mikael Backlund back in the lineup.
Chicago (9-4-3) scored two power-play goals on three chances in a 6-3 win at Columbus on Thursday, snapping a three-game losing streak. The Blackhawks had gone 0 for 9 with the man advantage in their previous two games, temporarily dropping to last in the NHL on the power play at 8.8 percent (5 for 57).
Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist Thursday while Andrew Brunette and Steve Montador had power-play goals in the second period. Chicago hadn't recorded more than one power-play goal in any of its first 15 contests.
"We had a real good first period and then all of a sudden we get the power play going and we get some excitement in our team, ...