For the past three games in their second-round playoff series against the Red Wings, the Chicago Blackhawks have gotten a mere two goals past Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard -- both by Patrick Kane.
It’s largely why the Blackhawks are looking up at a 3-1 deficit in these Western Conference semifinals, and largely why they're on the verge of being eliminated tonight. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, however, has a plan. He's asking his players to create more traffic in front of Howard. "We’ve had some quality shots. We’d like more quality with traffic," Quenneville said following Friday’s team meeting and optional practice. "He’s been challenging. We’re getting decent looks, but more traffic would make it more challenging." The Blackhawks have had their shots and they’ve hit their posts and crossbars. Those iron shots have been especially frustrating, since they represent the few they’ve actually gotten past Howard. They need those to go in, obviously. They also need more shots that Howard doesn’t see. "I think we have a lot of shots in these games, but maybe we have to go in and try to have a good screen on him and make sure he doesn’t see the puck," C