The Chicago Blackhawks currently sit atop the NHL with 27 points. They've been excellent in nearly every area through the first quarter of the 2011-12 season.
But, if there's been a concern thus far, it's been the inconsistency and, at times, the downright absence of their powerplay.
This was no more apparent than two weeks ago, when the Blackhawks suffered an embarrassing home ice loss to their rival Vancouver Canucks, largely due to losing the special teams battle: the Canucks scored 5 powerplay goals in 6 tries. The Blackhawks went 0-for-5.
Since then, however, the powerplay has begun to turn around. After scoring only 5 times in 53 man advantages through the season's first 14 games -- worse than all other NHL teams except the St. Louis Blues and the Columbus Blue Jackets -- the Blackhawks are 7 for their last 22.
It's not surprising. It was really only a matter of time before that group began to click, especially when you consider that, with Jonathan Toews on the ice, they start...