GLENDALE, Ariz. When asked the three keys to beating the Phoenix Coyotes in a first-round NHL playoff series, Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa told reporters: Power play, power play, power play.
If either team has to rely on that aspect of their game to advance to the second round, they could be in trouble. Chicago finished the regular season ranked 26th with the man-advantage (15.2 percent) and was one of the leagues worst teams over the final month of the season.
Phoenix finished 29th out of the 30 teams (13.6) on a power play that was so bad the running joke in the press box was that a Coyotes power play was akin to removing two minutes from the game clock without incident.
I dont think its one specific thing you can point to, defenseman Keith Yandle said. Its almost like we have to relax, take a breath out there and play the game we can play on the power play.
Chicago can at least make the excuse that captain Jonathan Toews missed the final 22 games of the season, rem...